Protest camp at James Price Point – update day3

The protest camp at Waldaman near James Price Point is in positive and strong spirit. After holding up the bulldozer’s progress along the road for another five hours this morning thoughts are turning to the next efforts to protect Country and stop the pre-emptive land clearing. All the folks at the camp would like to thank everyone for all the support and the donations of food and supplies. Still there has been no land cleared by Bulldozer on country and all involved  are determined that this will not happen. If you can get there tomorrow  your presence will be very important. If you are interested in traveling to the Kimberley to help out look at Want to help Save The Kimberley? or look at what can I do to help and how to write a letter. From a media release put out today:

Joseph Roe, Goolarabooloo Lawman and Traditional Owner of James Price Point (Walmadan) standing firm on the Manari Rd to James Price Point. MURRANJI PHOTOGRAPHY 2011

Goolarabooloo law man Joseph Roe has asked the Department of Indigenous Affairs to stop land clearing. “DIA came to inspect damage done to heritage areas,” said Mitch Torres, who was one of many protestors blocking the progress of Woodside’s contractors on the road to James Price Point today. “DIA is flying in their state manager tomorrow,” she said. The protestors hoped the department would then issue a stop work order on the grounds that an Aboriginal heritage site is being disturbed. She said Woodside’s contractors were eventually allowed to move their convoy closer to the proposed gas hub site today. “Protesters stopped the heavy vehicles until they were talked to by the police to move off road for obstructing,” she said. “We came to an agreement to allow the truck to offload the loader/grader and place them into a compound.” She said protestors are camping around the heavy equipment all night until tomorrow.  

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