The Community

Barrow Island has no population apart from the fly-in fly-out workers associated with the existing oil field operations and construction activities of the Gorgon Project. There is no indigenous population, although there are ethnographic sites suggesting the island was inhabited 20-40,000 years ago when sea levels were lower and the island was connected to the mainland. There are no native title claims over the island.

Oil production on Barrow Island

Barrow Island has no population apart from the fly-in fly-out workers associated with the existing oil field operations and construction activities of the Gorgon Project. There is no indigenous population, although there are ethnographic sites suggesting the island was inhabited 20-40,000 years ago when sea levels were lower and the island was connected to the mainland. There are no native title claims over the island.

Oil production on Barrow Island

The Island is however an A Class nature conservation reserve in recognition of the diverse fauna present on the Island. Chevron has undertaken exhaustive work to ensure the preservation of these conservation values primarily through the implementation of a world leading quarantine management system.

Nesting Turtle on Barrow Island

In contrast the area surrounding the Harvey location is occupied by a large residential population of approximately 30,000 people within a broader area of 150,000 people. Major industry, service industries and agriculture, principally dairying are the drivers for a dynamic and diverse economy. The area itself and the broader South West region is also a major tourist destination.

No native title claims are expected at the injection site, but they may affect the transport pipeline.

The local population in the Harvey and surrounding shires have been kept informed of the progress of the project for the past three years. Communication activity was stepped up in 2011. A community workshop was held in February 2011 following extensive advertising. Publications include a project outline and an explanation of the seismic survey which was conducted in March 2011. A Lesueur Common Consultative Committee was establish in August 2011 and this will keep the public informed about future stages of the project through the local media. The community is vital to this four year evaluation and research project to allow commercial decisions to be made in 2015.

Harvey Dairy Farmer (source: The West Australian)