Whales outweigh gas plant in dollar benefit

A proposal to build a gas plant on Australia’s north-west coast could severely damage tourism in the Kimberly, which accounts for more than a third of the region’s economy.

Michael Hughes, of Curtin University’s Sustainable Tourism Centre, has outlined his concerns relating to the new plant in a report titled "Kimberley Whale Coast Tourism: A review of opportunities and threats".

According to the report, the world’s largest humpback whale breeding sanctuary would be negatively affected by the proposed liquid natural gas plant near Broome.

"Oil and gas development would have significant detrimental social, environmental and economic impacts," the report said.

Interestingly, the report confirmed that the dollar benefit of the existing whale-watching industry would significantly outweigh the financial and employment gains which could be made from the gas plant development.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F
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