Urge the WA Water Minister to protect the Martuwarra's flows

Let the Water Minister know that you support the commitment to stop surface water being taken from the Martuwarra. Send a message today!

    We'll send the message below to Minister McGurk, Premier Cook, Minister Buti, Minister Whitby, Minister Jarvis and Minister Punch

    Dear Minister McGurk, Premier Cook, Minister Buti, Minister Whitby, Minister Jarvis and Minister Punch,

    Congratulations to you and the WA Government on the release of the key principles for the draft Fitzroy River Water Allocation Plan, and for listening to the community on the need to protect the surface water flows of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River. 

    This is a major milestone towards the Labor Government’s 2017 election promise to protect the Martuwarra Fitzroy River. 

    You have my strong support for the principle of no further surface water take from the Martuwarra Fitzroy River, which will protect the free and natural flow of the river and offer protection from large-scale water extraction. 

    I commend you on the principle to protect the alluvial groundwater aquifers in the river’s catchment, which are culturally and environmentally significant. 

    I urge you to take a cautious approach on any groundwater extraction that is co-designed with Traditional Owners, to ensure there is no damage to the cultural and environmental values of the catchment.  

    For decades, Traditional Owners along the Martuwarra Fitzroy River have been working to protect their rights, river, and culture.  

    I urge you to acknowledge and recognise the vital cultural connection Traditional Owners have with the Martuwarra and ask that Traditional Owners rights are at the forefront of the Fitzroy River Water Management Plan.  Protecting these rights is inseparable from protecting the National Heritage Listed cultural values of the river.  

    In 2021, the WA Government received 43,000 submissions from Australian supporters in response to the draft Fitzroy River Water Discussion Paper, calling for all plans for large-scale water extraction to be abandoned and for the WA Government to co-design a protection model with Traditional Owners. 

    I strongly urge you commit to strong, long-lasting protection for the Martuwarra Fitzroy River and a central role in protection and management for Traditional Owners. 

    Once again, I congratulate you for the historic step towards protection of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River. 

    Yours sincerely,
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    The WA Government has just released a new plan for protecting the Martuwarra Fitzroy River – including a crucial commitment to stop new surface water being taken from the river.

    The new commitments will shape the future water allocation plan for the Martuwarra Fitzroy River, and once implemented will mean strong, long-term protection for the river. 

    Implementing this breakthrough commitment could stop a Murray-Darling disaster on the Fitzroy, so it is crucial the Water Minister knows there is widespread support from the community. 

    Here’s why you should send a message to protect the Martuwarra:   

    • Proposals to pump huge amounts of water from the Martuwarra and its floodplains threaten to destroy this healthy, free-flowing river and create a Murray-Darling disaster.  

    • This is our chance to protect the Martuwarra Fitzroy River. Let's show the WA Government they have our support in taking this stand against large-scale development in the Fitzroy Valley!  

    • The river supports the livelihoods of local communities, culture, tourism, fishing, and rare wildlife such as the critically endangered freshwater sawfish - all of which would be seriously impacted by large-scale irrigation development.   

    Photo credit: Andrew Richards