Industrial irrigation proposals threaten the Fitzroy River, the life-blood of the Kimberley. Add your name in support of protecting the River!
The National Heritage Listed Fitzroy River is an extraordinary part of our shared natural heritage. The living waters of the river and floodplains support culture, the livelihoods of thousands of people, tourism, fishing, and unique wildlife such as the critically endangered freshwater sawfish.
Developments that take water from the river or its floodplains pose a serious risk to the river and its people by reducing life-giving river flows and adding pollution to the clean water and delicate ecosystems of the river. These sort of developments are not needed. We can build a vibrant and modern economy without taking water from the river.
At the last election, you promised to protect the river. I call on you to act on this promise by creating a buffer zone that would ensure that no water is taken from the river channels and floodplains in the catchment. A buffer zone covering just 9% of the catchment could protect 90% of the rivers and wetlands from Murray-Darling style irrigation and dams.
The future of the Fitzroy River and its people, culture and wildlife depends on you keeping your promise to protect this living river.
The Fitzroy River is an extraordinary part of our shared natural heritage and is home to rare and unique wildlife such as the critically endangered freshwater sawfish.
The Nationally Heritage Listed river provides water and livelihoods for thousands of people and is a renowned destination for tourists and fishers.
The clean and fresh water from the Fitzroy River also supports the coral reefs, mangrove forests, pearling and fishing along the Kimberley coast, the world’s most pristine tropical coastline.
Murray-Darling style irrigation proposals that pump water from the Fitzroy River channel, tributaries or floodplains would reduce and redirect water flows and increase pollution. Establishing a new irrigation industry on the Fitzroy River would create an unacceptable risk to culture, community livelihoods, wildlife, wetlands and fishing.
Traditional Owners of the Kimberley area have repeatedly made clear their support for long-term protections for the Fitzroy River; in the 2011 National Heritage Listing, 2016 Fitzroy River declaration, and the 2018 Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council.
The way to protect the Fitzroy's flows is by creating a buffer zone against irrigation, dams and mining. A buffer zone covering just 9% of the catchment could protect 90% of the river's channels and wetlands.
This is about all of us standing for the River - we are all connected to one living River system. This River has a right to life and we as people must stand and defend the Rivers right to life.Nyikina Mangala people are downstream and we are the ones who will be most impacted by what happens upstream. We must stand united. We need to stand together united, we need to stand together for the whole River.”
Dr Anne Poelina - Nyikina Mangala Traditional Owner
We need to be united together to protect our River. We need to all unite together, all language groups and stand up so the government and Premier McGowan can hear our voice, to protect our River for the future of our children.
Rosita Shaw, Nyikina Mangala Traditional Owner
We are not going to allow people to take the water out of this River. We don’t want to see dead fish like the Murray Darling. We’ve got to stand up for the Fitzroy.Kankawa Nagarra (Olive Knight) - Bunuba Traditional Owner