Broome airport will be the gateway to the new West Kimberley World Heritage area for international tourists. Coming in to land, they may well see Australia's biggest gas plant carved into over 1000 hectares of cleared land on the coast, wharves and pipelines.
The federal minister for everything green, Tony Burke, yesterday announced that the "unique environment" of the West Kimberley is to be heritage listed. Well not quite -- not all the West Kimberley and not James Price Point, inland of the dinosaur footprints on the coast. (See map.) This is a "Clayton's heritage listing", that allows already-approved mining and relies on even weaker legislation under the Commonwealth Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC) to evaluate future development approvals.