Bob Brown, former leader of the Australian Greens, has arrived in Broome, Western Australia to begin Operation Kimberley Miinimbi with the Head of Sea Shepherd Australia, Jeff Hansen.
"I look forward to meeting with the local community and raising awareness of the devastating impacts that Woodside's proposed gas hub at James Price Point would have on the humpback whales that use this area as a nursery," said Dr Brown.
Today Dr Brown and Mr Hansen visited the community science whale tracking project and met with both the researchers and the Goolarabooloo people at James Price Point.
"The science that Woodside commissioned into the impacts of the gas hubs on whales is deeply flawed. The community science project has helped to demonstrate this, by identifying and tracking more than 1000 whales in 6 weeks of shore based observation, compared to the Woodside estimate that about 650 whales would pass within 5km of the coast in an entire season."
"I am here with the Sea Shepherd, on the invitation of the Goolarabooloo people, to highlight the significance of the James Price Point marine environment for whales, dolphins and turtles," concluded Dr Brown
Australian Director Jeff Hansen stated, "It was a real honour and privilege meeting the Goolarabooloo people today, with Richard Hunter and Phillip Roe amongst many others that have fought tirelessly, against Woodside's gas factories for many years. I was deeply moved by the stories of the Goolarabooloo, the landscape, the marine life, the dinosaur footprints and of course the whales, something that all the world should be proud of and be looked after for generations to come. This is the real legacy for our children"
"In the thirty minutes we spent at the community science viewing platform, we saw 5 pods of whales easily within five kilometres of the shore," said Mr Hansen.
The Steve Irwin is currently travelling along the Kimberley coast, and expected to get its first glimpse of James Price Point this afternoon. It is on track to arrive at the Broome dock by Monday afternoon and whale surveying will occur daily from Tuesday until its departure.
Among the guests welcoming the Steve Irwin into Broome Port tomorrow will be former high court judge, Murray Wilcox, AO, QC.
Click here for more information about the Community Science Whale Project.