The Kimberley coast is one of the most intact tropical marine environments left on earth. It is home to Australia’s largest inshore reef, extensive seagrass meadows and corals, and threatened species such as the Dugong and five types of marine turtle, which nest here.

According to the WA Government’s Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy;

The north Kimberley, which includes the Prince Regent River, Drysdale River and Mitchell Plateau is one of few relatively untouched large wild areas left in the world.

The north Kimberley is one of only two places on mainland Australia where all of the native mammal species present at the time of European settlement still occur.

A good place for a bauxite mine?

We’ve just been notified of a new proposal that would industrialise the North Kimberley coast and Marine Park. The proposed bauxite mine would completely destroy nearly 2,000 hectares of the so far unspoilt North Kimberley coast. The proposal includes bauxite loading facilities in the Marine Park.

We only have until January 26 to let the EPA know that this proposal is unacceptable. You can find details of the proposalhere (Click on 'Referral' at the bottom of the page to reveal two documents).

Please send an email to the EPA.

You can email your submission directly to the EPA info.epa@dwer.wa.gov.au

The subject name is Wuudagu Bauxite Project – Public comment

Here are some key points you can use in your submission:

  1. The North Kimberley terrestrial and marine environments are pristine – industrialization on this scale is unacceptable
  2. The proposal includes industrial development in the North Kimberley Marine Park – this is unacceptable
  3. Threatened species, including the Northern Quoll and marine animals such as the critically endangered sawfish, turtles, Dugong and a number of dolphin species would be at risk
  4. The landscape values are important for the tourism industry and this proposal would be a major blight on the landscape.

Photo: Humpback Dolphins in the North Kimberley Marine Park

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