The Australian Greens say Environment Minister Tony Burke must make a final decision about the National Heritage listing of the West Kimberley before beginning any environmental assessments of the proposed James Price Point gas hub.
Minister Burke today announced that his decision about the National Heritage listing of the West Kimberley would be pushed back to 30 August 2011.
“This is not the first time that this decision has been postponed,” Australian Greens marine spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
“The heritage listing of the West Kimberley region is an important decision which cannot be endlessly delayed.
“It is encouraging that there has been such a strong response to this heritage listing process and I am hopeful that Minister Burke is treating the assessment with the appropriate degree of diligence.
“The Government must finish the National Heritage assessment process before they undertake any environmental assessments of the proposed James Price Point development.
“The Kimberley is being threatened by industrialisation, starting with the proposed development at James Price Point.
“The Greens are acutely aware of the environmental risk posed by the development and operation of a gas-processing factory in the area.
“The proposed gas hub would be the first step in the industrialisation of the Kimberley. It could open the door to further development, including the mining of coal, bauxite and possibly uranium,” Senator Siewert concluded.