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Save Kimberley – Day of Solidarity – Pics Across the Globe

Hi guys and gals. Greetings from Coober Pedy, which I love more and more as each unplanned day passes.

But more importantly, check out these funny and moving pics from across the globe in support of last Sat’s Day of Solidarity in support of the brave Broome community who have been fighting Goliath for YEARS!! C/- the Broome Community No Gas Campaign

Save The Kimberley pls people. It really is one of the most profoundly moving areas I’ve EVER EVER visited in ALL my travels.

See you soon. Hittin’ the road North today for who knows where.

Happy Days,

Hunter G

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Silver City Bits

Hi folks,

finally the car is fixed after some fuel filter issues – although I’ll believe when i see it…..40 kms out of town and nearly a full tank compared to the 1/4 tank i used up during the last attempt to leave!

You’ll be pleased to hear that The Palace (Marios) Hotel of Priscilla fame IS open again…and lookin’ damn fine. And anyone who ever went to The Union Hotel in Fitzroy, Melbourne will be surprised to hear that the world’s best barmaid, Sarah (who worked at The Union and who is always really friendly and attentive) is now managing the joint. I hung there last night for a while but unfortunately no pics (too jacked off with car issues). Was going to leave town today but am tempted to perhaps spend another evening at The Palace. ‘Mmmm.

Anyway, in the meantime I wanted to upload a few pics from The Silver City.

You know when you’ve arrived in The Silver City when you see all the Tonka toys lying around…

Tonka Toys

Tonka Toys

Tonka Tyres

Tonka Tyres

Moonrise over Broken Hill

Moonrise over Broken Hill

Moonrise over Broken Hill

Moonrise over Broken Hill

Moonrise over Broken Hill

Moonrise over Broken Hill

A Tree which Thinks It's a Pole

A Tree which Thinks It’s a Pole

I love the chemical and matellic street names around town: Argent, Iodide, Kaolin, Sulphide, Chloride, Bromide, Mica, Oxide, Cobalt…..

The Main St: Argent St

The Main St: Argent St

Packsaddle - 168 kms

Packsaddle – 168 kms

The road outta town to Packsaddle. I’ll go there one day. I didn’t go there this time – but love the name. Was actually looking for the old abandoned drive-in that I photographed last time I was here. No such luck finding it this night – the big old funky ‘Now Showing’ sign may have been removed.

‘Mmmm, maybe I tampered with this one, below, a little. What’s the missing word? Either way, pretty uninviting façade.

Broken Housewives Association

Broken Housewives Association

Corro Iron Addiction - modern version

Corro Iron Addiction – modern version

On the other hand there are some really characterful houses and buildings around…

Denley Butchers

Denley Butchers

I love this joint

I love this joint

Funky Church

Funky Church

Civic Building

Civic Building

Corro Addiction - Old School Style

Corro Addiction – Old School Style

…and big wide streets, some beautifully gum-lined like this one, and others rolling up and down, up and down…

Gummed-lined Street

Gummed-lined Street

Lots of fun rolling hills around town

Lots of fun rolling hills around town

Broken Earth Restaurant - atop the old slag heap.

Broken Earth Restaurant – atop the massive old slag heap.

Street Scene

Street Scene – with Broken Earth visible atop the slag heap.

And I love towns where there are empty lots and the local kids use them as playgrounds and cut-throughs. Plenty of these around…

Shortcut through empty block

Shortcut through empty block

Stormy Sky

Stormy Sky

Night Storm CloudsOver The Musicians' Club

Night Storm Clouds Over The Musicians’ Club

What an incredible avante-garde exhibition!

What an incredible avante-garde exhibition – Tony Town Ace reflected in the glass!

Moon Rimlighting Clouds

Moon Rimlighting Clouds

Da Moon, Da Moon

Da Moon, Da Moon

…great excuse to include some of The Mighty Boosh….

Unity - Friendship

Unity – Friendship

The Golf Course! Seriously.

The Golf Course! Seriously.

Romance of The Swag

Romance of The Swag

…Haven’t used my swag yet, It’s been too damn hot most nights.

even the tolet block is funky

even the tolet block is funky

Lovin the Lines

Lovin the Lines

Christmas Lights at Dusk

Christmas Lights at Dusk

…This one festooned house was the one and only, overlooking part of South Broken Hill.

Rob ex 'Top End Meats'

Rob ex ‘Top End Meats’

Rob (and daughters??) ex ‘Top End Meats’. Sat morning fundraiser for colleague’s ill daughter. Great fella.

Rob ex 'Top End Meats'

Rob ex ‘Top End Meats’

Old BHP Site-Office Remains

Old BHP Site-Office Remains

…Let’s hope the Woodside proposal for James Price Point (Walmadan) leaves just as little impact. BHP is one of the minor joint-venture partners. Other partners include BP and Shell, who are pushing for the much more appropriate and economically viable floating liquified natural gas processing platform out at sea.

Is this Hunter G?

Is this Hunter G?

…not sure, but this is Andrew, the RAA (RACV) man with the tiny fine-tuning spanner….

Andrew The RAA (RACV) man with the fine-tuning spanners

Andrew The RAA (RACV) man.

Pro Hart's Grave with Dragon Fly

Pro Hart‘s Grave with Dragon Fly

Pro Hart’s grave, with design of Dragon Fly etched into stone, gets a visit from the real thing (hovering in the above pic and landed on the RH wing in pic below). The grave-stone was designed in this way to imitate the sheen and reflections one often finds on still waters over which dragon flies like to explore and hover. Even the real dragon fly itself is reflected in the watery stone in the image above.

Pro Hart's Grave with Dragon Fly

Pro Hart’s Grave with Dragon Fly

The following was part of a long and enjoyable encounter with a local (who will remain anonymous at this stage – if you’re out there and see this, let me know if i can insert your name) who left his mark outside the Anglican church on his wedding day – a set of burn-out marks from one of his many powerful motorbikes. No surprise, the bride’s father (a very religious man) was NOT AT All impressed and demanded the groom clean them off – that was a few year’s ago!

Religious Skid Marks

Religious Skid Marks

Anglican Church

Anglican Church – complete with the infamous markings, an ongoing reminder to the devoted.

Ok, that’s all folks…for the moment. Thanks for dropping in. Bye for now, Hunter G

Images and Text Copyright Hunter G, 2012 and available for sale (FREE for not-for-profit activities – so spread the word widely – just include a link to this blog). All profits from sales will be re-invested in Save The Kimberley activities.

URGENT CALL TO ACTION – ONLY FOUR DAYS LEFT. Please ACT NOW

It’s seriously a disgrace what Woodside has just tried to do secretively. Please read on and do what you can. Thanks.

URGENT CALL TO ACTION – ONLY FOUR DAYS LEFT…

OR ELSE THE WOODSIDE PROPOSAL COULD BE APPROVED BY THE STATE GOVERNMENT WITHIN WEEKS, before the Federal Environment Minister has even had a chance to consider whether or not to to approve the contentious Browse LNG Strategic Assessment.

C/- WILDERNESS SOCIETY…

We have just four days left to appeal Woodside’s sneaky plans to avoid
environmental assessment of the gas hub at James Price Point. Please make a
submission to tell the government “No assessment? No way!”

We were shocked to discover on Wednesday that the West Australian
Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has secretively released a request
from Woodside for its gas plant at James Price Point to be exempt from
environmental assessment!

What’s worse, the EPA allowed just seven days for public feedback on this
request, so we must act quickly.

Make a submission to the government insisting that Woodside play by the
rules.

If Woodside’s application is granted, the project will receive ‘derived
proposal’ status and be allowed to bypass any environmental assessment –
meaning the gas hub could be approved by the state government within weeks, before the Federal Environment Minister has even had a chance to consider whether or not to to approve the contentious Browse LNG Strategic
Assessment.

This latest attempt to circumvent due process is typical of the collusion
and cynicism that has plagued the Kimberley gas hub proposal from the very
beginning. It’s crucial that we show Woodside and the West Australian
government that the Australian people won’t stand for it.

ACT TODAY:

1. Read this simple two-page summary as a guide to your submission.

2. Use this online form to make a submission to the EPA.

3. Share this message via email, on Facebook, or using Twitter.

Thanks so much for your support at this critical time,

The Kimberley Team.

A New World Beckons – Save The Kimberley

Hi folks,

This blog came to life due to an extremely ugly proposal by an extremely greedy and ugly-spirited man, WA Premier, Colin Barnett, and his main partner in crime, Woodside Petroleum. They plan to build Australia’s (and possibly The World’s) biggest LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) processing plant in one of the world’s last great remaining wilderness regions, The Kimberley, in far NW Australia.

But don’t worry, the blog won’t be full of hard-core political pieces – only an occasional rant. Mostly it will be a light-hearted and informative documentation of my crossing of this vast and ridiculously beautiful and varied country, Australia, from Melbourne in the SE to Broome, at the opposite corner in the NW. And here’s  a mud-map for the geographically-challenged amongst you….

Once in Broome I intend to do whatever I can to help out the courageous locals who have been fighting a very draining fight against their State Government and a huge Mutli-National Corporation for the last seven years.

So please join me on the trip and do whatever you can (however small) to help stop this disastrous proposal. Visit http://www.kimberleycampaigner.com for some simple ideas on how you can help stop this madness.

And in the meantime I would love to hear your thoughts and comments about….anything at all, really: Perhaps a response to something I post or maybe one of your random, long-lost epiphanies that suddenly reappear from the recesses of your vast and complicated mind. I’d love to hear them all as it can get a tad isolating out in the middle of a the second driest continent on Earth.

For those that would like a little more serious background before we set off on the adventure, read on below. And for those who start feeling sick in the stomach at the slightest thought of reading anything remotely serious or political, I suggest you skip to the next entry.

But before any of you go, I’d love your help naming my mighty van that is also my  mobile home for the coming months. Here he/she is

It’s a Toyota Town Ace, and boy will it be getting some out-of-town ace action, especially if I take the legendary Oodnadatta and Tanami Tracks as hoped. So far I’ve thought of Tony or Tina as in ‘Tony Town Ace’ or ‘Tina Town Ace’, but I’d love to hear your thoughts. And it’d be great to name my new mobile home soon as I’m actually already 10 days into the trip (won’t tell you where yet, you’ll have to come back) and wouldn’t want it to suffer an identity crisis like me (I went nameless for 6 months post birth….and some of you have seen how I’ve turned out).

So now, farewell to you sensitive folk. Hope to see you at my next post. Bye for now, Hunter G.

Ok, those of you still here for the heavier details, the following is an altered version of a short piece I recently wrote for the Abbotsford Convent newsletter.

‘All Roads Lead to Broome’

“Can you tell me how you would feel if the church you went to all your life, the church that you sang at with your parents, your grandparents, the church that your grandparents and your great-grandparents are buried at, how would you feel if that church was bulldozed and had a gas plant built on it? How would you feel about that because that’s exactly what’s happening to my friend Joseph.” … A question to Colin Barnett from Jon Butler Trio, a well-known music band. Joseph Roe is the Law Boss and custodian for the Northern Tradition and the Goolarabooloo people. Colin Barnett is the Premier of Western Australia.

Shortly, Hunter G will be rolling across our country searching for forgotten things from lost worlds. Cutting a diagonal path across this vast continent, Hunter is ultimately bound for Broome, in Western Australia.

Why Broome? Because it’s just north of there that Woodside Petroleum is planning to build Australia’s biggest ever Gas Processing Plant, equivalent in size to 21 Melbourne CBDs. The exact site, Walmadan (a.k.a. James Price Point), is in the SW of the incredible Kimberley region, a vast wilderness rich in many things, but to the financially powerful with an insatiable appetite, rich in the most prized possessions of all – fossil fuels and minerals.

There are hundreds of sites dotted around The Kimberley that have been earmarked as potentially lucrative in this manner. Woodside’s proposed development at Walmadan is only one of them, but it is a big one, a very big one. It is expected to bring in 6000 – 8000 workers to process LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) and will play a very significant and, in a growing number of peoples’ minds, devastating role in the continued industrialisation of the relatively untouched Kimberley.

For anyone who has not been to The Kimberley, it is impossible to accurately describe its beauty and significance. If this project goes ahead it will destroy Broome as we know it within a very, very short time and in perhaps three decades will devastate the entire Kimberley region due to various flow-on effects. Simply on an environmental level, it is extremely important to protect this region from industrialisation. It is one of the last great remaining wilderness regions in the world and there are many alternative options with respect to building a gas processing plant.

A protest movement has been building over the last 7 years to try to stop this development. In recent months the protests have grown more rapidly as the deadline draws near (Woodside is expected to make a final decision in the first six months of 2013). The protest is about so much more than the already significant environmental concerns. It is about the devastating long-term impacts on the social, cultural and spiritual fabric of the region. If this plant goes ahead it WILL lead to the opening up of more and more areas of The Kimberley to the destructive impact of industrialisation, particularly due to the seaport which is part of this current proposal and which would create huge incentive for other developments due to the export opportunities and cost savings resulting from a pre-existing port.

Saving The Kimberley is bigger even than the Tasmanian Franklin river campaign 30 years ago. Both areas are relatively out of sight and out of mind to mainstream Australia due to their remote locations. And as a direct result, both were opportunistically described by their respective State Premiers in very unflattering and misleading terms: Colin Barnett described the relevant Kimberley coastline as “an unremarkable piece of coastline.”; and the former Tasmanian Premier, Robin Gray (if my memory serves me correctly), described the incredibly beautiful and dramatic Franklin River as nothing but “a leech-ridden ditch.”

But we can all take great hope from the Franklin protest campaign (people of my vintage and older may remember the triangular green ‘No Dams’ stickers. I was 12 at the time.) and the more recent great examples of community protest over many years such as the one that lasted about nine years but saved the Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne and created a public arts precinct instead of a private apartment development.

Please do anything and everything you can to stop this current bout of madness from leading to the destruction of one of the most significant areas of wilderness in the world. Visit http://www.savethekimberley.com/ or The Wilderness Society’s dedicated site, http://www.kimberleycampaigner.com/about/history/ for some background info and simple ideas on how you can help. Please help save this priceless gem.

Thanks for listening. I hope you enjoy the journey. Thanks and bye for now, Hunter G. xo