Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Significant step forward for Indigenous people in the Kimberley

The Australian Government today welcomed the decision by Traditional Owners to vote in favour of signing an agreement with the Western Australian Government and Woodside for a proposal to develop a gas processing precinct at James Price Point.

The proposal is subject to assessment under national environmental laws, however this agreement puts in place the necessary framework to ensure that substantial benefits would flow to Indigenous people in the Kimberley over the life of the project if it is approved.

It is an historic decision to sign up to an agreement that has the potential to bring enormous economic and social benefits to the native title holders of the area of the development as well as other Aboriginal people in the West Kimberley region and the broader community.

The Australian Government acknowledges the work of all parties in concluding these negotiations.

This vote represents a significant step forward by Traditional Owners who understand the importance of economic development in the region and the benefits this development would bring to local Indigenous people.

The final agreement demonstrates how major economic projects can deliver real and substantial improvements in jobs and increased economic independence for Indigenous people and the local economy.