I welcomed your party’s commitments at the last election to protect the Kimberley.
I applauded your promise to provide a ‘mosaic of national parks to protect the outstanding natural and cultural values of the broader Kimberley’.
I fully support your commitment to the ‘development of a management plan for the Fitzroy River to ensure the health of the river and provide a basis for sustainable economic development’. The gas fracking industry is not sustainable.
The decision you have just made to open a new gas fracking province in the Kimberley, one of the largest, most intact tropical savannahs on the planet, is appalling.
To allow fracking directly contradicts your commitments to protect the Fitzroy River and other parts of the Kimberley and I strongly urge you to safeguard the whole Kimberley from the gas fracking industry, not just the Dampier Peninsula.
I call on you to support industries that protect the environment and Aboriginal culture. Carbon Abatement, Land Management, Bush Foods, Renewable Energy, Cultural and Eco Tourism as well as the arts and crafts provide proven, durable, family-friendly jobs and incomes.
Your decision comes at a time in history where we must urgently decarbonise our economy. Fracking will add globally significant carbon emissions at a time when scientists are urging leaders to remove carbon from the atmosphere to stabilise the climate. Climate change poses one of the greatest risks to the future social and economic security of Western Australia, and its effects are already being felt.
I ask you to reconsider your decision to allow this risky, polluting and dangerous industry in the Kimberley.
I also ask you to explain to me why, if fracking is too risky in the South West, the Peel and Metropolitan areas, is it not too risky for the Kimberley?