With no consultation, the Cook Labor government announced plans to severely undermine WA’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), caving into pressure from industry groups and gas corporations at the end of last year.
The proposed changes to the EPA include stacking the EPA Board with more industry representatives, getting private consultants to rush through decisions, and removing the public’s right to appeal environmental decisions.
Weakening the powers and the independence of the EPA as well as our environmental protection legislation is a huge threat to the unique landscape of the Kimberley. Without the protection from the state’s environmental watchdog, fracking companies could have free rein in the Kimberley.
This is why we’re joining with other WA environmental groups, like the Conservation Council of WA, to hold a Save the EPA Rally - on Tuesday February 13th, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, Parliament House in West Perth.
Black Mountain’s Valhalla project in the Kimberley is currently going through EPA assessment - without protections from the EPA this company might already be fracking the Kimberley.
We are joining forces with organisations and groups across civil society in our state to rally on the steps of Parliament on the first sitting day for the WA Government in 2024.
Together, we are advocating for stronger environmental assessment processes and to maintain our fundamental rights to be informed, participate in, and challenge decisions about our environment - especially when it comes to fracking!
This is a huge fork in the road for WA’s environment and cultural heritage - if the WA Government can get away scot-free with gutting our environmental laws, the consequences could be dire.
Join us and other concerned Perth folks by starting off the year with a strong show of people power at Parliament House in West Perth, Boorloo.
RSVP, join us – and please share these details with your networks!