By Mark Biddulph
Dec 11, 2012
About Save The Kimberley
Save The Kimberley is an independent awareness organisation. We are a not-for-profit, 100% volunteer run group which is made up of a diverse and passionate group of individuals – traditional custodians, local Kimberley community, and other committed Australians from all parts: we are business owners, administrators, entrepreneurs, artists, musicians and media professionals.
Save The Kimberley was established in order to:
- Educate the Australian and international community about the threat to the Kimberley Coast and its inland wilderness areas posed by large-scale industrial developments.
- Disseminate information about the Kimberley’s globally unique cultural importance and the threats created by uncontrolled development.
- Engage support to ensure that the Kimberley is protected for the enjoyment of current and future generations.
Save the Kimberley does not oppose development. Save the Kimberley supports appropriate development that looks after people and the environment of the Kimberley.
We hope you find our site informative.
A Tribute to Malcolm Douglas, a founding member of STK
Malcolm Douglas’ forty films of adventure, wildlife and aboriginal culture spanning fifty years had stamped him as a household name in Australia. Tragically, at aged sixty nine with a bucket list overflowing with projects, and as energetic as the young man who gob smacked a nation with the raw adventure film Across the Top, Malcolm Douglas died in a freak accident at his crocodile and wildlife park in Broome 2010.
But Malcolm left an enduring legacy. As a founding member of Save The Kimberley, he was as passionate about protecting the Kimberley from rampant industrialization as he was about bringing the critically endangered bilby back from the brink of extinction. The enigmatic bilby became his cause célèbre as feral animals and unrestrained industrial development threatened to devour the bilby and its fragile habitat.
Malcolm Douglas had a vision to see the Kimberley protected under World Heritage. Save The Kimberley are proud to honour Malcolm’s legacy and strive to achieve the vision of World Heritage for Australia’s last and most precious wilderness.
Please see our “Movies” page to watch an interview with Malcolm about his passion for preserving the Kimberley.
What To Do
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WRITE AN OLD FASHIONED LETTER
Mailed letters have been proven to be far more effective than emails for having an impact on political policy and industry leadership. They are a physical in-your-face presence, and they demand attention.
Having trouble getting started? For great tips on writing an effective letter, take a moment to read this helpful letter writing guide assembled by Environs Kimberley:
WRITE TO ENVIRONMENT MINISTER TONY BURKE
Under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity and Conservation Act of 1999 (EPBC Act), Minister Tony Burke (Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities) has the final say about whether a gas hub on the Kimberley coastline can be built. Under this act, the Minister has to consider matters of national environmental significance – which includes the potential development of James Price Point. Originally, this decision was to be made in 2010; however, due to various delays, we still await his final decision. Without Burke’s approval, the gas precinct will not proceed.
Write a short and sharp letter that lets the Minister know your environmental and cultural concerns about the proposed gas hub, and ask him what he’s going to do to address those concerns. If you include questions for the Minister, he should respond to your letter with a reply.
Send your letter to:
The Honorable Tony Burke MP
Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Canberra, ACT 2600
WRITE TO WOODSIDE CEO, PETER COLEMAN
The major stakeholder of the proposed LNG precinct at James Price Point is Woodside. However, they are yet to make a final investment decision and have delayed several times in doing so. (Only in December Woodside sought WA government approval for delaying their investment decision from mid-2012 until sometime in 2013.)
With a recent changeover in leadership, it’s time to put renewed pressure on Woodside. Take this opportunity to write a letter to CEO Peter Coleman.
You may choose to let him know that you are aware of some of the following:
The cost of building a greenfield site in the Kimberley exceeds the costs of piping gas to an existing brownfield site in the Pilbara.
Various financial analysts have recently cast doubt as to whether the project at James Price Point is viable.
Several joint venture partners have expressed concern at being pressured into the development at JPP and would prefer to pipe the gas to the Pilbara.
Send your letter to:
Peter Coleman, CEO
Woodside Energy Ltd.
GPO Box D188
Perth, WA 6840
DON’T LEAVE OUT COLIN!
By far, the most vehement supporter of opening up the Kimberley to rife industrialisation is WA Premier, Colin Barnett. At every turn, he has dismissed the concerns of the growing opposition to the proposed James Price Point development. Not only that, since coming to office, the premier has made great efforts to minimise red tape and streamline the approvals process for resource projects of every kind.
Pen a letter to the premier, expressing your concerns of every nature, and don’t forget to let him know that you are looking forward to voting in the next state election in March, 2013.
Send your letter to:
Honourable Colin Barnett MEc MLA, Premier
Minister for State Development
24th Floor, Governor Stirling Tower
197 St Georges Terrace
Perth, WA 6000