Kimberley Traditional Owners unite for the Fitzroy River
"In response to increasing development pressure, Kimberley Traditional Owners have pledged to work together to protect and manage the Fitzroy River and its tributaries, one of the most iconic wild rivers in Western Australia. During a two-day meeting in Fitzroy Crossing, Traditional Owners agreed upon a Fitzroy River Declaration, aiming to protect the traditional and environmental values that underpin the river’s National Heritage Listing."
The Fitzroy is Western Australia’s largest river and it flows into the pristine marine environment of the Kimberley coast. The health of the Fitzroy river is critical to support the wildlife of the Kimberley, on land and in the sea.
Traditional Owners have protected the river for tens of thousands of years. It remains an important area for culture, the environment and sustenance. We think it's great news that today they have made a Declaration about how they would like to see the river protected into the future and invited people to support their vision for how to ensure the river stays healthy.
You can read the whole declaration on the Kimberley Land Council’s website here.
Aerial view of the Fitzroy River in flood, image by Kimberley Media