Archive for September, 2014

WA government moves to approve 25 contentious resource projects

The Guardian

Helen Davidson

James Price Point in the Kimberley is the subject of an independent assessment of a gas hub application. Photograph: Cortlan Bennett/AAP


The WA government plans to retrospectively validate 25 contentious resource project approvals, a move the Australian Conservation Foundation says shows the proposal for “one-stop-shop” state environmental decisions is “deeply inadequate”.

The WA government is introducing legislation to provide reassurance to 25 huge resource projects which were approved by the state’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) between 2002 and 2012. EPA board members were subsequently found to have a conflict of interest, and in 2012 a supreme court ruling found that the environmental approval of a $40bn gas hub at James Price Point in the Kimberley was illegal.

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Thursday, September 11th, 2014 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Marine, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

Rangers record bigger than expected populations of rare gouldian finch


Aboriginal rangers have found several healthy populations of a rare bird species on the Dampier Peninsula north of Broome.

Conservation groups WWF and Environs Kimberley have been working with the Bardi Jawi rangers to document sightings of the finches in the One Arm Point area.

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 Environs Kimberley, Indigenous, James Price Point, National Heritage Comments Off

Researchers swoop low over Kimberley coast to map dinosaur footprints


A team researching dinosaur footprints in WA’s Kimberley will be taking to the skies this week.

They are documenting thousands of dinosaur prints clustered around Broome and along the Dampier Peninsula coast.

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, National Heritage Comments Off

Another successful breeding season for the endangered Gouldian Finch on the Dampier Peninsula

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Gouldian Finch

Gouldian Finch – male with nesting material © Julia Rau

At least three small breeding populations of the rare and endangered Gouldian Finch have been located on the Dampier Peninsula, north of Broome.

The Bardi Jawi and Nyul Nyul Rangers have been working with Environs Kimberley and WWF-Australia, seeking out nests and spotting juvenile Gouldian Finches in eucalypt woodlands. The Gouldian Finch is only known from a few records in recent years, however this research is showing there is a small and potentially increasing population of this rare and beautiful species.

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Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 Uncategorized Comments Off

Crocodile survey underway in WA’s Kimberley ahead of cane toad arrival


Crocodile survey, Windjana Gorge

Volunteers measure freshwater crocodiles as part of a detailed crocodile survey at Windjana Gorge.

ABC News: Erin Parke

One of the most detailed crocodile surveys attempted in Australia is underway at a remote gorge in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.

Researchers are aiming to get a snapshot of the health of the freshwater crocodile population at Windjana Gorge by capturing more than 100 animals.

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Friday, September 5th, 2014 Cane Toads, National Heritage, Water Comments Off

Fracking protesters told to leave amid bushfire threat


A group protesting against fracking in the Kimberley had a lucky escape when a bushfire burnt across its camp site minutes after it had evacuated.

The group had been camped on an access track to Buru Energy drilling pads, about 80 kilometres east of Broome.

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Thursday, September 4th, 2014 Canning Basin, Fracking, Gas, Mining, National Heritage, Onshore Oil & Gas, Water Comments Off