Archive for September, 2014
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.
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.
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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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.
Volunteers measure freshwater crocodiles as part of a detailed crocodile survey at Windjana Gorge.
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.
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.