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by Alyssa Fletcher (subscribe)
Writer, musician, lover of life and all things related to eating and drinking.
Have you visited the breath-taking Kimberley coastline in northern WA? Sadly, I haven't been there either. But the next-best thing is about to land in Adelaide and it's not only going to bring the beauty of the Kimberley to South Australia, but it's going to help protect the iconic spot, too.

Saturday 10th December is International Human Rights Day, and here in Adelaide you can celebrate at the inaugural Kimberley Cultural Festival at Elder Park from 3 - 8pm.

James Price Point - photo by Jenita Enevoldsen

The Kimberley Cultural Festival is bringing the glory of the Kimberley to Adelaide. Come and learn about the culture and environmental significance of the Kimberley, and hear about the the threats to the region and what you can do to help.

If you're up for a fun day out with a difference, this is the festival for you.
So grab the kids and head over to Elder Park on Saturday 10th December for a sunny day filled with live music, guest speakers, information about the Kimberley, market stalls and yummy food. Learn about the secrets and mystery of the Kimberley (think ancient Aboriginal art and dinosaur footprints) and learn how you can help to protect this world-famous area.

Protestors at dawn - photo by Josh Coates

What's it all about?

You may have heard about the recent blockade in Broome - Traditional Owners and locals got together to fight for their land and way of life on the Kimberley. Right now, the Kimberley is the subject of proposal for expansion of gas and industrial development which is threatening its unique and sensitive environment. Now it's Adelaide's turn to show support by attending the event and helping to raise funds to save the Kimberley.

You can read more about the issue at

Under threat: much of the vast Kimberley coastline is vital nursery grounds for whales. Photo by Jenita Enevoldsen

Groups including Save the Kimberley and The Wilderness Society have come together with Adelaide locals to provide a fun day out that will help bring awareness to the threatened Kimberley coastline. Head down to Elder Park on Saturday 10th December for a whale of a day.
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Why? To show support for protecting the Kimberley
When: 3pm - 8pm, Saturday 10th December
Where: Elder Park, Adelaide
Cost: Free
We all should not let this government destroy something as beau tiful as the Kimberleys this is the most pristine place on earth and we should protecting it for generations to come not destroying it by opening the Kimberleys up for mining
By Anonymous
Wednesday, 2nd of November @ 04:31 am
As a country we should be ashamed if we let these Environmental Vandals >>Woodside & the Western Australian Government get away with Destroying this Unique & Pristine Environment. What is going on up there should be of concern to every Australian.>>> HELP SAVE THE KIMBERLEY<<<
By Anonymous
Wednesday, 2nd of November @ 07:40 am
So true - this place is just so amazing. Hopefully this event can act as a celebration of The Kimberley's uniqueness and also help to empower people to take action to protect it.
By Alyssa Fletcher - senior reviewer
Thursday, 3rd of November @ 11:16 pm
Newsflash! Bands announced to be featuring on the day will be... Irie Knights, Minority Tradition, Moore Black & The Organic Roots and Dan Spencer. See you there everybody (see if you can spot me grooving on stage...!)
By Alyssa Fletcher - senior reviewer
Friday, 2nd of December @ 05:29 am
Wonderfully written. I did write a piece a few months ago about the Kimberley and James Price Point. I was told it was too political for weekend notes. Yet, you have written well about an event and tied it in very very well with the issue at hand.

I am unsure of the current status of the area, but there are special flora and fauna there that deserve to be protected, as well as the whales that they say dont go near James Price Point. NOT to forget the newly found dinasaur prints that are centuries old.

It seems the state government makes money if they have the gas hub there. If it goes offshore as suggested by the international companies, the WA government would miss out on royalties related to it being in Australian Waters or on Australian soil.

You'd think if they were so creative in their thinking as to design a gas hub there, that they could design a tax or royalty that could be suited to offshore processing in international waters!?

Also, the SMH had a great article yesterday about the fascinating Swordfishes, which are said to be around the great barrier reef as well as across in the North West of WA.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer
Sunday, 4th of December @ 12:33 am
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