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Greens call on Prime Minister to visit proposed site of controversial gas hub while in Kimberley



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MEDIA RELEASE │ THE AUSTRALIAN GREENS 18 July 2012

Greens call on Prime Minister to visit proposed site of controversial gas hub while in Kimberley

The Australian Greens have welcomed the Prime Minister's visit to the Kimberley, and encourage her to take time to visit the James Price Point site, see the dinosaur footprints and meet with the Traditional Owners before she leaves.

Senator Siewert, Australian Greens Spokesperson for the Kimberley said today, "It is great to see that the Prime Minister has been able to take time to visit one of the most precious places in Australia but I hope she is aware of the significant threat of industrialisation that this region faces.

"The WA Government has aggressively pursued James Price Point as the site of the gas hub, and has an appetite to turn the Kimberley into a new Pilbara, with all the same environmental and social problems.

"Given the controversy around the EPA's recommendations that the Browse Basin Gas Hub could be located at James Price Point and that any impacts could be managed, the Commonwealth has an important role to play in the final decision. The Prime Minister's visit is extremely timely.

"Given the clear failure of the WA Government to provide protection to this precious area, it will fall to the Federal Government to step up and perform a proper assessment of the important cultural and environmental values that we risk losing forever. The Prime Minister could take this opportunity to visit the site to get an understanding of the significance of this issue" concluded Senator Siewert.

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