I received a response to my letter to Tony Burke about the gorgeous James Price Point:
You previously contacted the Australian Government about protecting the west Kimberley.
I'm pleased to let you know that the west Kimberley has now been added to the National Heritage List, following a comprehensive assessment by the Heritage Council.
It was an honour to stand at One Arm Point with Traditional Owners from across the west Kimberley to announce that the area's incredible heritage values had been recognised and would now be protected.
The outstanding heritage values of the west Kimberley include:
- The incredible natural beauty of the coast from the Buccaneer Archipelago to the King George River; the Mitchell Plateau; King George Falls; Geikie Gorge, Windjana Gorge and King Leopold Ranges
- Rich biodiversity, including many plants, mammals, reptiles, frogs and invertebrates that are found only in this part of Australia
- The mighty Fitzroy River
- Dinosaur footprints on the west coast of the Dampier Peninsula which are remarkable remnant of past life in the region
- Ongoing Aboriginal traditions associated with Wanjina and the Rainbow Serpent and spectacular rock art
- Sites which tell a more recent history including Jandamarra, the dispute at Noonkanbah Station and the drove to Fossil Downs which became the longest overlanding cattle drive in Australia’s history
Details of the announcement are available at http://www.environment.gov.au/
Make sure you have a look at the spectacular Kimberley images in the eBook "National Heritage Listing - One Place, Many Stories: West Kimberley"!
Federal Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
P.S. I’d like to keep you updated occasionally on issues relating to the heritage of the west Kimberley. If you don’t want to receive further emails on this just send me a message to this address with “take me off the west Kimberley heritage list” in the subject header. But please don’t because I’d much rather keep you updated!"
This is a great start to looking after an incredibly rich place. It still has a long way to go with the proposed gas hub by Woodside at James Prices Point being allowed to go ahead. The fight goes on. Join in the campaign, and find out more information at Save the Kimberley and The Wilderness Society where you can sign up the petition. If you are in Sydney, the official Wilderness Society Kimberley Campaign is being launched this Saturday at 10 am at North Head Sanctuary, North Head, Manly.