Traditional owners divided over the merits of extraction
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.