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Broome's coast is home to the world's largest Humpback whale nursery, five species of turtle, dugong, coral reefs and snubfin dolphin. As well as 40,000-year-old rock paintings, there are fossilised footprints of 15 types of dinosaur that span the coast where the plant would be built.
Neil Mackenzie, a traditional owner from Broome and co-chair of the Save the Kimberley group, told an audience at Redfern's community centre that he's worried the project will destroy local culture and livelihoods. "It is almost the last outback wilderness area in the world. What we have there is very precious," he said. "There are a lot of communities out there that depend on ecotourism and keeping the country the way it is," he says.
The LNG project from company Woodside would include building eight pipelines to the shore at James Price Point, a 2km jetty, a construction camp to house 8000 workers, as well as clearing 2500 hectares of coastal bushland. Over the past month, anti-gas hub protestors have blockaded the proposed site, about 60km from Broome, to stop Woodside carrying out geotechnical studies. So far at least 25 arrests have been made.