Woodside to work on sacred sites

Environmentalists are outraged over a WA Government decision to allow Woodside the right to work on an Aboriginal site of ‘major’ heritage significance.

The decision allows the company to work in sand dunes at Walmadany as part of development on the controversial $40 billion James Price Point gas hub near Broome.

AAP reports as far back as 1989 the WA Department of Aboriginal Sites identified the region as a significant indigenous site that contained archaeological material and bone remains.

In 2010 Premier Colin Barnett made headlines after labelling the region an “unremarkable beach”.

According to AAP the application for work has been granted on the condition local elders are present to monitor the work.

While the decision will allow work to continue on the offshore gas development, the Government has drawn strong criticism from the Greens, Wilderness Society, and some parts of the Aboriginal community.

Work on James Price Point forms part of the wider Browse LNG development, which will provide over $1 billion in indigenous initiatives over the life of the project.

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