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Question On Notice No. 2563 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 October 2019 by Hon Tim Clifford

Question Directed to the: Minister for Environment representing the Minister for Police
Minister responding: Hon M.H. Roberts
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Question

I refer to the response provided to question without notice 1081, and I ask:
(a) which organisations or individuals did Western Australia Police communicate with regarding the route of the "Global Climate Strike";
(b) when did Western Australia Police notify strike organisers that access to St Georges Terrace would be blocked; and
(c) was there any contact between any Government representative and any representative from Woodside and/or Chevron in relation to the strike route prior to the decision being made?

Answered on 19 November 2019

The Western Australian Police Force advise:

(a) The route was dicussed with a group of protesters at a meeting with police and City of Perth. These persons advised police they were not official organisers or representives, nor was there any individual or group formally leading arrangements and organisation of the protest. This group advised that the protesters were a collective with no formalised leadership structure. Police subsequently held discussions on the planned route with the City of Perth, Main Roads WA and the Public Transport Authority.

(b) Polce were advised there were no official protest organisers. The protesters were not provided advice that access to St Georges Terrace would be blocked prior to the protest commencing. 

(c) The Western Australian Police Force contacted Woodside and Chevron as part of a risk assessment process. Both organisations indicated they were already aware of the planned protest route from social media on the event. There was no contact by the Western Australian Police Force with Woodside or Chevron discussing blocking the protest route.