In 2008, the task force identified four potential sites assessed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Finally, the EPO`s review of these sites favours the selection of James Price Point for the location of the territory. Woodside Energy, as operator of the joint venture Browse, became, in October 2009, one of the proponents of the creation of the territory proposed by the government, liquefied natural gas, or LNG, of the government. It then worked closely with the state to obtain the necessary authorizations and access. That`s the process Hon Robin Chapple went through. As I said, yes, there have been problems with the actual licensing procedures and communication, but essentially the fact has been identified and we remain committed to the fact that we need a ground processing plant, and the bases are there. Hon PETER COLLIER: After three years of negotiations, the government, Goolarabooloo-Jabirr Jabirr and Woodside, have entered into three local title contracts that have ensured land and access to development and presented the benefits to its members, the traditional owners. These agreements were strongly supported by the majority of traditional owners in a formal voting procedure. The Browse LNG District Agreements between LNG, Woodside – as a supporter of the foundation – and the State Government were implemented in June 2011, and offered approximately $1.5 billion in benefits to traditional GJJ and Kimberley owners.
The message I received when I went to Broome and met the traditional owners as a whole was a message of excitement and conviction that this process would be for the good of their people. They were really excited about education, health and housing benefits for their people. I would say they are quite disillusioned right now. It is clear that these benefits were paid for in achieving important milestones, including the implementation of the agreements, the assumption of the country, the guarantee of the supporter of the foundation and the extension of the project. Under the Browse LNG Precinct Project Agreement, the government is currently responsible for the payment of approximately $31 million for the acquisition of the land. Browse`s land agreement provides that the local titular party can apply for the closure of the territory after 16 years if the promoter of the project is not insured, and the country can then be returned freely to the party of the local title. If the land is returned without ownership, the state will be able to monitor the recovery under normal procedures, with an estimated cost of between $7 million and $9 million in 2011. A second forced acquisition was filed in March 2012 and has been re-evaluated. Mr. McGowan said at the time that the Prime Minister`s intervention and his decision to do better than the commercial supporters, the Aborigines and the people of Kimberley had resulted in this result. Mr. McGowan said it was the Prime Minister`s fault.
As I have said for a long time, those who have botched it from the beginning are those of the Department of State Development. The department has been incompetent several times to decide on important developments in this state, whether around Geraldton or other sites. I remember Prime Minister Geoff Gallop`s proposals to guarantee eight projects for the Burrup, but none of them were shaken. Minister Grylls acknowledged that the department had made errors in the procurement obligation. Unfortunately, based on a gas treatment facility operating north of the city, the government had invested so much in Broome that it feared that this investment would not have any particular value if that investment did not progress.