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PERTH, Jan 28 AAP

January 28 2013, 12:29AM

West Australian Premier Colin Barnett has promised rowdy protesters there will be a public forum on the controversial James Price Point gas hub.

He made the pledge after being heckled by about 120 protesters when he paid a pre-election visit to Broome on Sunday.

Woodside Petroleum's proposed $30 billion Kimberley gas hub, north of Broome, has divided the community.

The premier answered questions from the crowd, made up mostly of families, holding signs that read "Barnett bullying Broome", "We love Broome the way it is", "Let it go Barnett. History will love you" and "No gas at JPP".

Mr Barnett promised the group he would hold a public question and answer session with locals to address their concerns, but did not say when.

Broome Community No Gas Campaign spokesman Nik Wevers said campaigners were angry their fears about the future of community life in Broome had been ignored.

"We are being bullied into submission by the Barnett government to accept this project," she said.

"It will destroy our community, our culture and our country, and we are not prepared to lie down and take it.

"No decision on approval for the project should be made until the issue of social impacts has been addressed to the satisfaction of the Broome community."