Heritage Listing Recommendation and Flawed Notice of Intent to Take (NOITT) may save James Price Point

Greens Member for Mining and Pastoral Hon. Robin Chapple MLC has welcomed the news that the Heritage Council has recommended the listing of James Price Point to the Federal Minister for Heritage.

“The extraordinary palaeontological values of James Price Point are well known in the scientific community and well documented,” Mr Chapple said.

“The entire coastline between Cape Leveque and Roebuck Bay, south of Broome, is known to contain ancient dinosaur footprints."

“The world community would lose something unique if an area was to be cut out of the dinosaur super highway for industrial development or for any other purpose.

An expression of concern at the proposal to construct a gas processing hub at James Price Point was sent to the Premier Colin Barnett in September 2009. It was signed by 86 scientists from 16 countries worldwide. All have special interests in vertebrate palaeontology and the terrestrial ecosystems of the Mesozoic Era."

The Premier’s plans to compulsorily acquire land at James Price Point for Woodside’s LNG plant suffered another blow recently, when the Kimberley Land Council lodged an objection to the Government’s Notice of Intent to Take (NOITT) and challenging its validity.

“How can we have any faith in a Premier who takes a bullying approach to land acquisition for a project that many sectors of the community do not support going ahead in the Kimberley.

“Not only that, it now is apparent that his own legal team lacks the expertise to prosecute the actions necessary to make it happen,” Mr Chapple said.

“This bungled action is typical of a Premier who is attempting to push the State headlong into an unsound arrangement.”

For more information please contact Robin Chapple on 0409 379 263 or 9486 8255

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