Greens support heritage listing to protect the Kimberley from industrialisation - Brown

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Greens Leader Bob Brown today welcomed the Australian Heritage Council's recommendation that James Price Point, the proposed site of Woodside's gas factory, be included in a national heritage listing for the West Kimberley.

"Environment Minister Tony Burke has already postponed his decision on the national heritage listing for the West Kimberley until mid-2011, and the council's recommendation should now help him to list the area as one of national heritage significance," Senator Brown said.

"The Australian Heritage Council's recommendation highlights the need for the minister for the environment to take this step to try to avert the massive industrial development that threatens the area."

"There is a real danger that a gas-processing factory here will be the toehold to wreck the region's special qualities."

"Coal, bauxite and uranium mining threaten the West Kimberley."

"This beautiful place, with its ancient Indigenous heritage, is also a living ecological treasure and should not be destroyed," Senator Brown said.

In a Freedom of Information release published on the website of the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities today:

The area recommended for listing includes dinosaur trackways in the Dampier Peninsular, including James Price Point the proposed site of a natural gas hub.

http://www.environment.gov.au/foi/govt-brief.html