Greenies ‘damaging’ Aborigines over Kimberley development

31/3/10; Tony Barass; http://www.theaustralian.com.au/politics/greenies-damaging-aborigines-over-kimberley-development/story-e6frgczf-1225847689507

The Kimberley’s peak indigenous body has attacked the “disgusting” tactics of green groups and out-of-town celebrities opposed to industrial development near Broome, accusing them of fundamental dishonesty and abusive, dirty politics. The Kimberley Land Council also said the Wilderness Society and Save the Kimberley environmental groups were “pitting family groups against each other” in a bid to undermine traditional owners, who have made the tough decision to back a job-creating multi-billion-dollar gas hub at James Price Point on the Dampier Peninsular, 60km north of Broome. Declaring Aborigines the first conservationists, KLC executive director Wayne Bergmann said it was “distressing” that Aborigines were being vilified as “developers” by green groups and said opponents needed to understand the damage they were doing to local indigenous people. “Save the Kimberley and the Wilderness Society are pretending to champion the indigenous cause in order to bolster their own position and credibility,” Mr Bergmann said. “They’re not helping Aboriginal people. Our future does not lie in a contrived alliance with bogus green groups; our future rests with Aboriginal people stepping up and taking control.”

See: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/politics/greenies-damaging-aborigines-over-kimberley-development/story-e6frgczf-1225847689507