CASTLEMAINE residents Emma Dubuc-Timson and Chelsea Coles hosted a fund-raising concert on Saturday.
As founders of the Castlemaine Kimberley Action Group the pair hoped the concert would raise money and awareness of the hardships faced by people living in the Western Australia region.
Both Emma and Chelsea visited the Kimberley last year and fell in love with the landscape.
The La Trobe University students decided to hold the concert after they found out the area was under threat from development.
Emma said the Western Australian government had allowed construction of the biggest gas processing facility in the southern hemisphere to begin in the Kimberley region.“I walked the Lurujarri Heritage Trail with custodians of the Goolarabooloo community and I heard their serious concerns for the potential destruction of their homelands,” Emma said.
“I promised them I would return to central Victoria and share their story.”
Chelsea said this is an issue of national importance.
“The Kimberley belongs to all Australians and the Western Australian government’s abuse of process cannot be allowed to go unchecked,” she said.
Kutcha Edwards and Bunna Lawrie were among a host of singers that to perform.
Money raised from the concert will go toward the Wilderness Society and the Goolarabooloo community.