New milestone towards protecting the Fitzroy River

Posted on December 17, 2020

Bunuba Traditional Owners today signed agreements with the WA Government for the creation of the Fitzroy River National Park, taking a significant step towards protecting the Fitzroy River.

The signing is a historic milestone and will protect culture and the environment, while creating economic and employment opportunities for the local community. It follows decades of work by many in the community to stop proposals to dam the Fitzroy River at Dimond Gorge.

Once completed, the Bunuba section of the Fitzroy River National Park will extend the existing Danggu Geikie Gorge National Park to protect more of the stunning river gorges, floodplains and landscapes found east of Fitzroy Crossing.

This is a major milestone but there is still work to be done to protect the rest of the Fitzroy River, which remains under threat from proposals to take huge amounts of water for irrigation. It is crucial that the Government also commits to protecting the Fitzroy’s National Heritage listed flows and floodplains.

Sign the petition to protect the Fitzroy River here.

Bunuba Traditional Owners and Environment Minister Stephen Dawson with signed agreements for the creation of Fitzroy River National Park (photo: M Pritchard).

Minister Dawson & Bunuba Elder signing Indigenous Land Use Agreements (photo: M Pritchard)

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