Debate about a controversial natural gas development in the Kimberley will move to the Blue Mountains in May, with a public forum at Wentworth Falls.
A group of concerned locals, including former Federal Court judge Murray Wilcox QC and former NSW Environment Minister Bob Debus, have joined with the Blue Mountains Conservation Society to organize the event.
“Something happening four thousand kilometres away from the Blue Mountains might seem a funny thing for us to care about,” retired Justice Murray Wilcox said. “But this area in northern Western Australia, north of Broome, is globally significant.
“The exploitation of the gas reserves there threatens this pristine area,” Justice Wilcox said.
James Price Point - site of the proposed Browse LNG Precinct
The forum will coincide with a vote in WA by traditional owners on whether to approve the project, which is being pushed by the Western Australian government and Woodside.
Bob Debus said he believes that the issues will resonate with people who live in a World Heritage Listed area like the Blue Mountains.
“I think the people of the Blue Mountains have a deep commitment to the environment, and may want to add their voices to those speaking out about the James Price Point gas development once they hear and see about the potential impact it will have,” Mr Debus said.
The apolitical forum, chaired by Blue Mountains Conservation Society vice president Tara Cameron, has been organized with input from the Save the Kimberley Campaign, the Wilderness Society and Blue Mountains ALP.
Entry is free and everyone is welcome.
The Forum takes place from 4-6pm on Saturday 7 May at Wentworth Falls School of Arts.
For more information contact Robin Sproule on 4757 1178.