Updated: July 20, 2012
Ten days to take action
Amidst a cloud of controversy and improper process, the West Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) this week announced its decision to recommend development of the Premier's pet project – a massive gas hub at James Price Point.
In doing so, the EPA has completely disregarded numerous and significant issues including (but not limited to) the following:
- Dredging will affect the tourist area of Cable Beach
- The precinct will completely block the migratory path of sawfish (virtually extinct in south-east Asian waters)
- The potential impact on the worlds largest humpback whale nursery has been underplayed.
- The EPA has all but ignored the significant impact the project will have on habitat for Dugongs and coastal dolphins – including the potential new discovery of the Dwarf Spinner Dolphin.
- There has been no scientific analysis on how this project will affect the region's groundwater
- Turtle feeding areas at Quondong Point will be destroyed by dredging plumes.
Take action to appeal the EPA decision
We have just 10 days (until Monday 30 July) to make submissions to appeal the EPA's outrageous decision. If you're someone who believes in keeping the Kimberley gas hub-free, this is an important opportunity to have your voice heard.
Making a submission can look like a complicated process, but the Wilderness Society is here to help! Just follow these four easy steps:
- View the EPA decision here (don't be daunted by the size of the report!)
- Take a look at some submissions by other NGOs to get an idea about the kinds of things you might want to address when writing your own. You can also take a look at our cheat sheet for EPA appeals to get you started.
- Get in touch with our Kimberley Project Officer Heidi Nore to discuss your ideas and get some tips and tricks of the trade. Heidi will guide you on how to get your appeal submission-ready in time for the deadline.
- Finally, lodge your appeal online for a $10 fee.
Potential for huge results
This is one of those fiddly but crucially important aspects of campaigning. It'll take a bit more of your time and brainpower than simply signing an online petition – but the pay-off could be huge!
A modest collection of high-quality submissions are all that it will take to see this appalling EPA decision undone, and remember – we're here to help! So please set aside a little bit of time to help shape the future of the Kimberley.
For more information, please contact:
The Wilderness Society WA Inc
City West Lotteries House
2 Delhi St
West Perth, WA, 6005
Phone: 08 9420 7255