Save the Dugong and Flatback Turtles on the Kimberley Coast

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Originally Posted: 17 December 2008

Save the Dugong and Flatback Turtles on the Kimberley Coast

Take action today!

Kimberley national emergency

The world-class Kimberley is under immediate threat.

This Friday 19 December 2008, Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett will announce a site for a major industrial development on the Kimberley coast - on land he is prepared to forcibly remove from Traditional Owners, through compulsory acquisition laws.

With no further negotiations or scientific research, a 1000ha slice of Kimberley coast will be given over to liquified natural gas (LNG) industrial development - threatening majestic humpback whales and numerous endangered species including dugong and flatback turtles.

Public protest rallies in Perth, Broome and near the proposed industrial sites demonstrate that WA and local residents do not support the Premier's plan. The Premier has already received thousands of postcards and emails from across Australia opposing industrialisation of the Kimberley.

The Kimberley urgently needs your support now

It is time to let Woodside Ltd - the major Australian fossil fuel company leading the charge to industrialise the Kimberley coast - know that the people of Australia do not want to see the iconic Kimberley's natural environment sacrificed to short-sighted industrial development.

Dugong Turtle

Commercial interests and Government cannot be allowed to think that the public does not care about the Kimberley. There is no need for fast-tracking industrialisation of the Kimberley.

By supporting publicly or behind the scenes - Premier Barnett's Kimberley Hub land grab, Woodside Ltd are saying it is ok to railroad Traditional Owners and effectively ignore our precious environment.

There are other options

Sign this online action today and urge Woodside and the Barnett Government to work with Traditional Owners, scientists, tourism and other local industry, and environmental groups to develop and implement a sensible and comprehensive conservation plan for the Kimberley one that will protect the natural and cultural heritage of the region.

If development of Browse Basin gas goes ahead it could be processed at sites with established industrial infrastructure in the Pilbara region (but not the Burrup Peninsula), or via floating LNG technology currently under development.

Its not too late! - send your message now to help protect one of the world's last great natural landscapes from short-sighted development.

Thank you!

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