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					Special Announcement
17 September 2009

Study looks at impact of LNG on North West tourism

A study commissioned jointly by Tourism WA and the Department of State
Development shows that with good planning and management a new Liquefied
Natural Gas (LNG) project can co-exist with the Kimberley tourism industry.

The results of the Tourism Impact Assessment of the proposed Kimberley LNG
precinct on Broome and the Kimberley region have shown that most industry
stakeholders and local residents felt that the two industries could co-exist, providing
strategies were in place to protect Broome’s image.

Tourism WA CEO Richard Muirhead said the Tourism Impact Assessment found
there was a strong view from people surveyed that the gas development, planned for
James Price Point (60kms north of Broome), would not damage tourism.

“The study also found that the tourism sector in Broome is worth an estimated $411
million, representing around 64 per cent of the total economy of the town.”

“It is important that any new major infrastructure projects in the region take into
consideration the impacts on the tourism industry.”

Mr Muirhead said the study outlined potential new opportunities for tourism that may
flow on as a result of a future project at James Price Point.

He said among these were the potential development of a regular international air
service between Singapore and Broome and the opportunity to develop additional
tourism product.

Department of State Development Director General Anne Nolan said the study
showed that impacts on the tourism industry could be managed and that the sector
would continue to grow.

“The Tourism Impact Assessment is an important part of the overall Social Impact
Assessment being conducted by the Western Australian Government,” she said.

The Kimberley Browse LNG Precinct project is a major construction project worth
billions of dollars to Western Australia and with the potential to create up to 400 long
term jobs.

The full study can be accessed at the Department of State Development website.

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