Posted on October 21, 2019

On International Sawfish Day, we celebrated just how important the Kimberley’s Fitzroy River is for the survival of critically-endangered sawfish by bringing a massive Sawfish to Parliament House!

Joined by Traditional Owners and Rangers from the Fitzroy River and a school of sawfish supporters, the Minister for Water accepted over 13.5K petitions calling for the protection of the Fitzroy River and its endangered sawfish. 

WA Parliament House was treated to the sight of a seven-metre long Sawfish model that was custom-built for the occasion and garnered media attention. 

We brought a seven-metre sawfish model to WA Parliament to demonstrate the spectacular size sawfish can grow to if they survive the threats from irrigation development, habitat destruction and climate change. The Fitzroy provides vital habitat to the world’s most important population of Freshwater Sawfish,” Monique Barker from The Kimberley Like Nowhere Else said.

Sawfish are critically-endangered and have disappeared from more than 70% of their global range. The Fitzroy River is their last stronghold and crucial for their survival.

In December 2018, the mass death of over 40 sawfish was reported on Gina Rinehart's Liveringa Station in the lower reaches of Fitzroy River. The shocking incident made national and international news.

Linda Nardea (Nyikina Mangala Traditional Owner), Tim Nicol (Pew), Dave Kelly (Minister for Water), Jeremiah Green (Nyikina Mangala Ranger), Matthew Hughes (Kalamunda MLA), Josie Farrer (Kimberley MLA) and William Watson (Nyikina Mangala Ranger).

Linda Nardea, pictured left above, is a Nyikina Mangala Traditional Owner whose country is where the sawfish deaths occurred.
She travelled to Perth for the event and said to the crowd “We want to protect those sawfish, Biyal Biyal we call them. We don’t want anything happening to this Fitzroy River, we’re telling Premier McGowan, we want this River to be like it was 40,000 years ago and from the Dreamtime, Boogadigadda, as it was passed down from our ancestors.”


Click HERE to sign the petition calling for the Premier to protect the Fitzroy River and its endangered sawfish from Murray-Darling style irrigation proposals

 

 

 

 

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