Images of a Big Island

Who believes in the Tooth Fairy?

Christian Fletcher has just posted on his blog about his outrage about the proposed gas plant at James Price Point near Broome and got quite a few responses.
The article on Four Corners was quite illuminating on the lengths that some politicians, mining companies and even members of the aboriginal community will go to to get these projects running, citing the benefit to the community
While there will undoubtedly be economic benefits flow on to the wider community from these projects, if you believe that these projects are started on that principal, then you believe in the tooth fairy!
These projects come about because a bunch of people see an economic benefit for them and their shareholders, in other words, they have access to a resource which can only be used once and they will sell that resource for as much as they can.
The fact that it will employ a lot of people and contractors is probably a necessary evil that is part of the cost of doing business.
After the resource is finished or is no longer economical, what is left is a huge hole in the ground and a landscape that is dramatically altered from it’s original state.
The images below are of two islands, Cockatoo and Koolan, which are situated in Yampi Sd. on the Kimberley Coast.



Not very pretty are they?
These two islands have been mined sporadically for iron-ore for many years and have both been shut down when prices made it unviable to work. In Koolan Is. case they bulldozed much of the equipment into a pit and flooded it.
My question is what will happen to what’s left of these islands at the end of the mine’s life? Theoretically they are supposed to be rehabilitated, but how do you rehabilitate that?
This image is what it would have looked like originally.

These are relatively small mines compared to mines in the Pilbara but if you extrapolate this to include all the infrastructure like towns, camps, railways & port facilities such as Port Headland, Karratha etc, what will happen to all this when the iron/oil/gas runs out?
What will happen to the Plant proposed at James Price Point in the future, will the multinational company that owns it take it ALL away???
Is it worth the price??

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8 responses

  1. Tony Middleton

    Great post and images to back it up Tim – thanks for sharing your view on all this.

    June 24, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    • Thanks Tony, photography is not always about pretty pictures. Can be a very powerful tool sometimes!

      June 25, 2010 at 3:30 pm

  2. Great post mate, I have seen these islands on a trip to the Kimberly and they are ugly. I think Bond had cockatoo?

    June 24, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    • Thanks Christian, we have the same issues here on the East Coast in Gladstone. No indigenous people, so not so much outcry.

      June 25, 2010 at 3:29 pm

  3. True North Mark

    Nuh I think not Tim and good shots to prove the point as well!

    June 24, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    • Unfortunately, I don’t think so either Mark. Thanks.

      June 25, 2010 at 3:25 pm

  4. wayte27

    Hi Tim, this is insane. Great use of images, the comparisons are drastic, there is no way that rehabilitation can bring back the final image. Also cheers for stopping by, always good to here from you !

    June 28, 2010 at 7:25 pm

  5. Thanks Adrian, I had these images lurking around and found a use for them,all thanks to Christian.

    June 29, 2010 at 1:01 pm

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