Traditional owners of Kimberley land, selected for a gas hub, say they have been left out of negotiations facilitated by the Federal Government.
The Djabera Djabera people of Beagle Bay are locked in a long-running native title claim for land that includes the site at James Price Point. The site has been selected by the Premier as the most suitable for a gas processing hub.Djabera Djabera spokesman Greg Francis says traditional owners are being sidelined by the Kimberley Land Council (KLC), which has been funded to negotiate land access with Government and industry. “The KLC have tried to exclude us from the negotiations,” he said. “Myself and the representative for our tribes, Djabera Djabera and Ngul Ngul families, they have never openly welcomed us at the meetings. “I was the only one invited in to attend their initial gas hub meetings.”