World Sawfish Day Celebration at Rockingham Library

Posted on October 13, 2021

On October 8th we celebrated World Sawfish Day by hosting a family-friendly event at Rockingham Library! Local members of the community came to view our spectacular 7 metre sawfish art-installation, learn about the Fitzroy River’s critically endangered freshwater sawfish, and share their memories of the Kimberley.

The celebration raised awareness for the critically endangered freshwater sawfish and had people of all ages coming along to learn about the threatened species and the importance of the Fitzroy River for its survival.

Our giant seven-metre sawfish art installation was a hit with children at the event – as well as the colouring-in competition and showbags. An informative presentation about the huge irrigation proposals which threaten the Fitzroy River and sawfish survival showed great interest from the crowd, with many asking questions to learn more about this important cause.

The Fitzroy River – Lifeblood of the Kimberley Exhibition has been very popular at Rockingham library, boasting stunning photography of the magnificent Kimberley landscape from Adam Monk and Damian Kelly, along with our life-size sawfish installation.

The exhibition will be at the Rockingham Central Library until Wednesday October 27th so that more people can learn about the species and the Fitzroy River.

Assistant Librarian Zoe said that the library was pleased to host the event and our exhibition.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure to host this exhibition at the Rockingham Library and have it available for our local community to enjoy,” she said.

“We hope to be able to do it again in the future, particularly with it being such an important initiative.”

Freshwater sawfish are critically-endangered and have disappeared from more than 70% of their global range, making the Fitzroy River crucial for their survival and their last stronghold. Enjoy these photos of our exhibition and sawfish celebration!


Our exhibition includes a giant sawfish and stunning landscape photography

The crowd gathered around our huge sawfish art! 



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