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WRITE AN OLD FASHIONED LETTER

 

Mailed letters have been proven to be far more effective than emails for having an impact on political policy and industry leadership. They are a physical in-your-face presence, and they demand attention.

 

Having trouble getting started? For great tips on writing an effective letter, take a moment to read this helpful letter writing guide assembled by Environs Kimberley:

 

http://www.environskimberley.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/2011-04-29-Letter-writing-flier.pdf

 

 

WRITE TO ENVIRONMENT MINISTER TONY BURKE

 

Under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity and Conservation Act of 1999 (EPBC Act), Minister Tony Burke (Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities) has the final say about whether a gas hub on the Kimberley coastline can be built. Under this act, the Minister has to consider matters of national environmental significance – which includes the potential development of James Price Point. Originally, this decision was to be made in 2010; however, due to various delays, we still await his final decision.  Without Burke’s approval, the gas precinct will not proceed.

 

Write a short and sharp letter that lets the Minister know your environmental and cultural concerns about the proposed gas hub, and ask him what he’s going to do to address those concerns. If you include questions for the Minister, he should respond to your letter with a reply.

 

Send your letter to:

 

The Honorable Tony Burke MP

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

PO Box 6022

House of Representatives

Parliament House

Canberra, ACT  2600

 

 

WRITE TO WOODSIDE CEO, PETER COLEMAN

 

The major stakeholder of the proposed LNG precinct at James Price Point is Woodside. However, they are yet to make a final investment decision and have delayed several times in doing so.  (Only in December Woodside sought WA government approval for delaying their investment decision from mid-2012 until sometime in 2013.)

 

With a recent changeover in leadership, it’s time to put renewed pressure on Woodside. Take this opportunity to write a letter to CEO Peter Coleman.

 

You may choose to let him know that you are aware of some of the following:

 

The cost of building a greenfield site in the Kimberley exceeds the costs of piping gas to an existing brownfield site in the Pilbara.

 

Various financial analysts have recently cast doubt as to whether the project at James Price Point is viable.

 

Several joint venture partners have expressed concern at being pressured into the development at JPP and would prefer to pipe the gas to the Pilbara.

 

Send your letter to:

 

Peter Coleman, CEO

Woodside Energy Ltd.

GPO Box D188

Perth, WA  6840

 

 

DON’T LEAVE OUT COLIN!

 

By far, the most vehement supporter of opening up the Kimberley to rife industrialisation is WA Premier, Colin Barnett.  At every turn, he has dismissed the concerns of the growing opposition to the proposed James Price Point development. Not only that, since coming to office, the premier has made great efforts to minimise red tape and streamline the approvals process for resource projects of every kind. 

 

Pen a letter to the premier, expressing your concerns of every nature, and don’t forget to let him know that you are looking forward to voting in the next state election in March, 2013.

 

Send your letter to:

 

Honourable Colin Barnett MEc MLA, Premier

Minister for State Development

24th Floor, Governor Stirling Tower

197 St Georges Terrace

Perth, WA 6000