Tra­di­tional own­ers di­vided over the mer­its of ex­trac­tion

Broome Advertiser - - News - Glenn Cord­ing­ley and Jakeb Wad­dell

We want our peo­ple get­ting . . . lo­cal jobs. Thomas Skin­ner

A num­ber of tra­di­tional own­ers re­main di­vided over frack­ing with Kim­ber­ley MP Josie Far­rer say­ing she was cur­rently still against hy­draulic frac­tur­ing.

“I am ask­ing for fur­ther clar­i­fi­ca­tion of the de­tails be­fore mak­ing my de­ci­sion but as it stands I am still fully against frack­ing in the Kim­ber­ley and WA,” she said.

“The peo­ple of the Kim­ber­ley elected me as their rep­re­sen­ta­tive and it has been made clear to me that the ma­jor­ity of my Kim­ber­ley mob does not sup­port frack­ing.

“Tra­di­tional own­ers must be af­forded every op­por­tu­nity to make an in­formed de­ci­sion on frack­ing un­der the new reg­u­la­tions.” While Ms Far­rer re­mained an op­po­nent, the Yungn­gora Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion last week publicly stated the de­ci­sion to lift the frack­ing mora­to­rium was “good news” in the light of the sci­en­tific re­port say­ing the risk to peo­ple and the en­vi­ron­ment was low.

YAC chair­man Thomas Skin­ner said he was pleased mem­bers of the frack­ing in­quiry lis­tened to what the com­mu­nity wanted for its chil­dren and coun­try when they vis­ited Nooken­bah, about 280km south-east of Broome and 100km south-west of Fitzroy cross­ing.

Mr Skin­ner said the com­mu­nity knew what was best for its peo­ple and coun­try “not peo­ple from other places who don’t know us or pre­tend to speak for us”.

He said his peo­ple had been work­ing closely with Mit­subishi and Buru on­site where they could “keep an eye on things” and “make sure they are done the proper way”. “We want our peo­ple get­ting train­ing and lo­cal jobs, not lose them to drugs and al­co­hol,” he said.

Broome’s tra­di­tional own­ers said the Yawuru com­mu­nity re­mained op­posed to frack­ing un­til it could be proven safe.

The Walalakoo Abo­rig­i­nal Co­po­ra­tion — cus­to­di­ans of land and wa­ter around parts of the Fitzroy River — called on the State Govern­ment to stop all frack­ing ac­tiv­i­ties un­til the new pol­icy was dis­cussed with af­fected landown­ers.

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