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 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.

HELP TO PROTECT THE KIMBERLEY.

Contribute by becoming a member (click here), taking an active role in our activities and/or by making tax deductible monthly donations (click here). $30 a month goes a long way.


May 22nd, 2015

Woodside gets its way on Browse

Yahoo 7 News

Ben Harvey

Woodside has officially faced down Colin Barnett over his demand that the company build a supply base at James Price Point for the huge Browse gas field.

Documents Woodside released this week confirm the company will not build a new onshore supply base anywhere in the Kimberley and will instead rely on existing infrastructure

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April 17th, 2015

Kimberley traditional owners reject fracking as part of oil production deal

The Guardian

Traditional owners in the Kimberley region of Western Australia Australia have vetoed fracking as part of an agreement allowing the oil and gas exploration company Buru Energy to start commercial production at an onshore oil field in the Fitzroy Valley.

The native title agreement with the Yawuru people, authorised by traditional owners at a meeting on 1 April, was the last hurdle to clear before the Department of Mines and Petroleum could grant the company a production licence. The Nyikina-Mangala and Karajarri-Yanja peoples signed a separate native title agreement in March.

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March 24th, 2015

Australia’s biggest national park to be created in WA’s Kimberley as mining companies relinquish tenement

ABC

Andrew O’Connor

Mitchell Falls in Western Australia's Kimberley region.

The new agreement will see the Mitchell Falls in WA’s Kimberley region included in the national park.

ABC Rural: Matt Brann

 

A five million hectare slice of Western Australia’s Kimberley region will become the country’s largest national park after the State Government struck a deal forever banning mining in the iconic Mitchell Plateau.

After extensive negotiations, a 45-year state agreement that gave Rio Tinto rights to mine bauxite and Alcoa the right to refine aluminium on the Mitchell Plateau has been cancelled.

No further mining or exploration will be permitted in the 175,000 hectare area, which will be included in the new five million hectare Kimberley National Park which includes a network of land and marine parks.

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March 20th, 2015

Ranger groups and remote communities vital

Amid the questioning of government support for remote Aboriginal communities and what Prime Minister Tony Abbott called the “lifestyle choices” of those who live there, the growing role of Aboriginal management of large areas of remote Australia has been overlooked.

There are 1,200 small, discrete Indigenous communities in regional and remote Australia with various sources of income, including federal government “Working on Country” funding.

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March 15th, 2015

Gas boom running out of steam but consumer price shock intact

ABC

Neal Woolrich

As if the Federal Treasurer did not have enough to worry about, with an economy stuck in the slow lane and ballooning government debt.

Now, one of Australia’s few economic bright spots – the liquefied natural gas (LNG) boom – is coming off the boil as well, thanks to the plunge in oil prices over the past year.

By some estimates, Australia is set to become the world’s largest gas exporter by 2018.

But the LNG price is linked to the oil price, and with benchmark Brent Crude halving since June, that will blow a sizeable hole in Australia’s expected LNG bounty.

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March 4th, 2015

Northern Minerals’ Browns Range rare earth mine in Kimberley viable study confirms

ABC Kimberley

Samples from the Browns Range project

Samples from Northern Minerals’ Browns Range rare earth project near Halls Creek.

Northern Minerals: ABC Rural

A rare earth mine in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia is a step closer to reality, after the release of Northern Minerals’ final feasibility study.

The company said the feasibility study had confirmed its Browns Range project, 160 kilometres south-east of Halls Creek, was viable and profitable.

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March 3rd, 2015

Weeding work at Kooljaman

Environs Kimberley and SKIPA volunteers have been working with the Bardi Jawi Oorany Rangers.

The weeding project at Kooljaman Resort in the northern part of the Dampier Peninsula is helping to protect the endangered Monsoon Vine Thicket ecosystem.

Read more HERE

 

February 16th, 2015

Frog Night

There has been a bit of rain around recently, so on the weekend a small group of interested people went out in the evening looking for frogs and other critters. This is part of a general program aiming to document the biological diversity of the Kimberley region.

We went to a lagoon where we heard two different species of burrowing frogs calling, the Mole Toadlet (Uperoleia talpa), and the West Kimberley Toadlet (Uperoleia mjobergii). These frogs spend the dry season underground. They only come out in the wet season, which is when they eat, call and breed.

We also saw numerous juveniles of the Giant Burrowing Frog (Cyclorana australis). These frogs breed early in the wet season, and so these juveniles have already grown from eggs that were laid earlier in the wet, that grew into tadpoles and then metamorphosed.

We also encountered a Stimson’s Python (Antaresia stimsoni), who may well have also been out looking for frogs..

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A Mole Toadlet sitting amongst grass.

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A subadult Giant Burrowing Frog.

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A very small Giant Burrowing Frog that still has a tail.

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Stimson’s Python.

January 7th, 2015

Investigation launched into fracking site damage after gas leak claims

ABC

Erin Parke

An investigation has been launched into how a valve at a fracking gas well in Western Australia’s north came to be damaged after activists claimed dangerous levels of gas were leaking at the site.

The ABC has obtained a video of a hand-held gas metre reading at the Yullerroo 2 site, about 70km east of Broome, showing what activists said was likely to be high levels of methane.

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December 15th, 2014

WA gas explorer creates death trap for native animals

WA Today

Steve Holland

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A rotting dingo found in a poisonous plastic-lined pond operated by a West Australian gas explorer has prompted concern from the Greens.

Buru Energy’s Yulleroo operation in the Kimberley has seen the creation of numerous plastic-lined ponds which trap water.

But Greens Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Robin Chapple said when the ponds are dry they become death traps for animals.

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