Friday, October 05, 2012

Concert For The Kimberley

This evening Tash and I met up at Fed Square for the free Concert for the Kimberley.  This event was held to help raise awareness about the battle to save the Kimberley region in Western Australia from a liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing plant being built on the coast at James Price Point/Walmadan north of Broome.  It is a fight to save the unique and pristine environment in the Kimberley as well as Aboriginal access to their traditional land.

Former leader of the Australian Greens Bob Brown opened the event with a speech, and night alternated between musical acts, speakers and video presentations explaining what is going on in the Kimberley and how people are fighting against the fossil fuel industry and the development of this gas hub that would be the size of 25 Melbourne CBDs.

Clare Bowditch played two mini sets featuring older songs and ones off her new album The Winter I Chose Happiness, including "You Make Me Happy" which she did on the tv show Offspring.  Next up was Albert Wiggan, a local resident who featured in one of the videos speaking about the importance of the land and country to himself and his family.  He sang two very powerful songs that he wrote, including one titled "Dear Prime Minister."

The final act of the evening and the main reason for the packed out Fed Square was John Butler Trio.  It's hard to believe but this was the first time I have seen them live, and they put on a fantastic hour and a half set.  John was constantly changing guitars throughout the night and it was amazing to watch him play.  We got to hear favorites like "Zebra," "Revolution," "Don't Wanna See Your Face," "Better Than" and "Funky Tonight," as well as a song written about why we were there tonight, "Kimberley."  All in all it was a great evening, and certainly educated me about something I wasn't even aware was happening in Australia.

Here are some highlights from the event:

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