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Premier heckled by protesters
Meet and greet: Colin Barnett talks to locals in Broome. Picture: Glenn Cordingley

Colin Barnett's election campaign sailed into a storm last night when he came face-to-face with more than 100 jeering James Price Point protesters.

The Premier was abused as he attempted to speak to the crowd outside a Liberal Party event at the Broome Civic Theatre.

He told people waving placards and banners he would be happy to attend a public meeting in the town to discuss the planned development.

Mr Barnett said the social impact of the proposed gas hub would be minimal on Broome, sparking jeers from the crowd, some of whom had waited for almost two hours for Mr Barnett to appear.

He is due to make a "significant" announcement in Broome this morning.

Earlier, Mr Barnett sat under a tree in stifling 40C heat to hear the concerns of about a dozen disgruntled traders in Chinatown, suffering from a downturn in business and pleading for the town to be revitalised.

Roebuck Bay Hotel boss Mike Windle told Mr Barnett a dramatic drop in visitor numbers was hurting the town.

"There has been a big shift in the profit margin - it is not what it used to be," Mr Windle said.