It's been great to see the progress made over the last few years in protecting the coast with the Great Kimberley Marine Park and I support the Government's commitment to continue that work and to protect the Fitzroy River.
The mighty Fitzroy River is the lifeblood of the Kimberley, stretching over 700km from the East Kimberley to the coast at King Sound. It's vital that the river is protected with a Management Plan and a new Fitzroy River National Park as well as not allowing the river or its tributaries to be dammed.
I was concerned to learn about recent proposed irrigation projects for the Fitzroy River. One irrigation project at Gogo Station proposes to take 50 billion litres of water from the Margaret River, a major tributary of the Fitzroy. In one out of two years 50 billion litres would remove all the water in the Margaret River; and in low rainfall years more than a third of the flow in the Fitzroy. The proposed irrigation and damming could do irreversible damage to the river, which is National Heritage-listed and supports endangered species like the Freshwater Sawfish.
As my local MP, I’d like to ask for your support for the continued protection of the Kimberley, and particularly for protection of the Fitzroy River.