My name is Paul Theseira. I am a concerned citizen. I suppose you could say that I am worried about what might soon happen to Broome and the Kimberley. If you’ve been to Broome and the Kimberley, or you’ve seen pictures of the beautiful landscapes of the Kimberley, then I think you’ll agree that this is not something we want to lose. The Kimberley as we know it is at the cross-roads.
In October 2010, a group of photographers made a pilgrimage to James Price Point, to visit and photograph the area before it is compulsorily or otherwise acquired by the Government of Western Australia for the purpose of building Woodside Petroleum’s LNG processing plant. This story was told by ABC Stateline. The Bike To Broome project is a continuation of this campaign.
Bike To Broome is a 5-day, around-the-clock, tandem bike ride event from Perth to Broome, to raise awareness and to oppose the building of Woodside Petroleum’s proposed gas processing plant at James Price Point, 40 kilometres north of Broome. Six pairs of riders riding in shifts will attempt to reach Broome within five and a half days, covering an estimated distance of 2,368 kilometres.
The Western Australian Government and Woodside Petroleum plan to acquire an area of land and sea at James Price Point, north of Broome, to build the largest LNG processing plant in the world. The plan includes building jetties and a breakwater as well as dredging the sea bed to allow LNG transport ships access to the Woodside gas plant.
The area of coastline between Broome and Camden Sound (north of Broome) is a seasonal calving area for humpback whales. Along with the whales, the coastline is home to unique species like the threatened Australian Snubfin dolphin, as well as dugongs and turtles, and extensive coral reefs.
Unlike us, these sea creatures don’t have a choice. They don’t have a voice. If we make the wrong choice, some of us might win. But they will lose.Follow @paultheseira