November 1st, 2013
WELCOME. Environs Kimberley or EK is the peak conservation organisation for the Kimberley region, one of the world’s last wilderness areas.
Our natural habitats are facing unprecedented threats from too frequent fires, feral animals, weeds, broadscale land-clearing, dams and encroaching industrial development. Native mammals are disappearing.
Through its West Kimberley Nature Project, Environs Kimberley (EK) is conducting innovative work with Aboriginal ranger groups to better manage the threats to rare and endangered Kimberley ecosystems (click here).
Across the region, miners are exploring 25,000 km² for coal, over 120,000 km² for shale gas, that would be extracted by ‘fracking’, and more than 10,000 km² for bauxite. (Sydney’s urban area covers 1687 km²). The region is also facing exploration for oil, iron ore, copper, diamonds, rare earths, lead, zinc and uranium.
JAMES PRICE POINT
James Price Point, 50km north of Broome on one of the world’s most pristine coastlines, was the proposed site for the largest gas processing plant in the world. If approved, it would have opened up the floodgates to industrial development on a scale never seen before in northern Australia (for more information (click here). To find out how the campaign successfully protected this special part of the Kimberley coast, go here.
HELP TO PROTECT THE KIMBERLEY.
November 29th, 2013
The Kimberley in far northern Western Australia has been earmarked for another significant agricultural development.
Plans for a new project proposal for Derby have been released by the WA Government.
The Department of Water will visit the Knowsley Agricultural area, which sits on the Mowanjum pastoral lease, to scope out the suitability andavailability of ground water.
November 12th, 2013
The West Australian Government has finalised its acquisition of controversial gas hub land to supply projects in the Kimberley region.
The land at James Price Point, north of Broome, has been bought from traditional owners.
It was originally planned for the use of oil and gas company Woodside as an onshore processingsite but the company abandoned that proposal earlier this year in favour of floating LNG technology.
November 7th, 2013
A humpback whale breaches in the Kimberley marine park. Picture: Annabelle Sandes
Western Australia’s largest marine sanctuary, to be created in the state’s north, will be jointly managed by the state and traditional owners, the government has confirmed.
At a ceremony at Camden Sound in the Kimberley, WA environment minister Albert Jacob signed the first ever joint management agreement for a marine park with the Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation.
November 6th, 2013
Commercial fishing will be stopped in the waters around Broome after the State Government decided to buy back the licences covering the area.
The Government has purchased the only two commercial fishing licences covering about 100 kilometres of coastline, from Roebuck Bay in Broome, south to Eighty Mile Beach.
October 18th, 2013
The Broome Port Authority has congratulated Wyndham Port on securing an oil export contract but says it is in a good position to take over the contract in the future.
Buru Energy plans to use Wyndham to temporarily export crude oil from the Canning Basin to Singapore. The company says Wyndham is a short-term solution because of its size limitations and 1,000 kilometre distance from Buru’s oil field.
October 17th, 2013
A conservation group says Government and industry will live to regret a so-called streamlining of the environmental approvals process for major projects.
Federal Cabinet yesterday signed off on plans to hand over responsibility for environmental approvals to the states.
October 12th, 2013
The West Australian
The Woodside Browse consortium is expected to consider building a re-gasification terminal on the North West coast as a way of satisfying the requirements of WA’s domestic gas policy.
That way, it could use a smaller, purpose-built LNG tanker to deliver gas volumes into the State’s market, most likely through Broome or Karratha.
“There are loads of little re-gas terminals in Europe, Broome has got a little re-gas terminal,” the source said.
October 11th, 2013
Most animals would die if they were stuck in a desert with temperatures souring into the 40′s but not the resilient cane toad.
A group of Australian scientists have found when toads are under environmental stress they release a hormone which allows them to balance water loss.
The research focused on toads found in the Tanami Desert which straddles the border of WA and the Northern Territory.
October 10th, 2013
Plans for a controversial gas precinct north of Broome have come to a symbolic end with Woodside pulling down its infrastructure at the site and replanting vegetation.