We dropped by the camps out at Walmadanj (also known as James Price Point) to offer our solidarity with the Traditional Owners and the protesters camped out there trying to stop work on Woodside’s mega gas hub. We walked on the ancient reef literally in the fossilised footprints of dinosaurs. Joey went on a bushwalk looking for signs of endangered bilbies - recently captured on video in the area. We ate turtle and goanna cooked up by the family. We met up with old friends, and met a bunch of lovely and very dedicated people, some of whom were planning to spend the wet season living out there to make sure nothing dodgy happened during the off season.
It’s a beautiful place, and the people who were sacrificing their daily comforts to live out at the camps were impressively strong and passionate about what they were doing to prevent the destruction of that special place. At the road camp, Black Tank, people blockaded the road twice a day to hold up the shift changeovers.
The Traditional Owners of the place were very welcoming despite the briefness of our visit. There’s been some good news about the struggle, and you can find out more at Hands Off Country and The Wilderness Society.
This photo is from the Hands Off Country website.