We hope you’re faring alright during this challenging time for us all. Our special thoughts go out to remote Kimberley communities who are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of coronavirus. Whilst we are all making sure to keep ourselves and our families safe, it’s not simply business as usual. But that does not mean that our focus on protecting the Kimberley stops.
The Martuwarra Council – who represent Fitzroy Valley Traditional Owner groups – has called for a delay in decision-making about the future of the Fitzroy River until the crisis subsides. We support them in this request and will continue working with them to protect the National Heritage Listed Fitzroy River.
The good news is that the WA Government is continuing its work on the proposed Fitzroy River National Park and the Buccaneer Archipelago Marine Park. While we may see a delay in the consultation process, the encouraging news is these parks remain on track for a great outcome.
We know it’s been hard on everyone to be stuck indoors lately, so we’re working on ways to bring the majesty of the Kimberley to you. We've put together some fun for the little ones in your life creating a factsheet and colouring pack featuring the Fitzroy's fascinating sawfish to enjoy at home with the kids. We'd love to see your proud photos of the colouring-in results and we’ve even got some sawfish plush toy giveaways!
Whilst it's not possible to travel to the Kimberley right now, you could consider taking a digital visit of its amazing rivers, reefs and rare animals. There's a great selection of videos up on our website and Facebook that can transport you from your living room to the Kimberley.
To respect important social distancing measures, our full calendar of community engagements is on hold for now. Even though we’re now working from home, our team remain committed as ever in our efforts to protect the Kimberley. We’ll be in touch soon with new ways we can all keep the protection of the Kimberley on the agenda!
In the meantime, we hope we can help to keep you and your family connected to the wonders of the Kimberley during these unprecedented times.
Monique, Suzy & Tim
The Kimberley – Like Nowhere Else