Prosecute Shanghai Zenith for unauthorised land-clearing in the Kimberley
The Kimberley’s tropical savannah is the most intact in the world.
It is home to threatened species like the Bilby and iconic trees like the Boab. Traditional Owners describe the bush as their ‘supermarket’: the source of their food, and where they take their children to gain knowledge about their past and present.
We were shocked to hear that a large area of bushland had been destroyed on Yakka Munga pastoral lease, 120km east of Broome in the Fitzroy River catchment in June.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Alannah MacTiernan said in the WA Parliament, "As far as we understand, this has occurred without any authorisation."
The Traditional Owners are extremely distressed and invited us out to witness the destruction, and asked for our support to stop the landclearing. Together we achieved this, but it doesn’t end there. Great damage has been done to the savannah and deep channels have been dug into the landscape.
We are calling on the WA Government, through the Environment Minister Stephen Dawson, to prosecute Shanghai Zenith (a subsidiary of Shanghai CRED) for the unauthorised clearing. We also want the Government to ensure Shanghai Zenith restores the landscape it has bulldozed and excavated to its natural condition, and re-plants the site with native vegetation.
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Check out drone footage of the clearing
Traditional Owners calling on Premier Mark McGowan to stop the clearing