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Let Premier Cook know how important the Martuwarra is to all Western Australians and why the river must be protected for the future.
Congratulations on your recent appointment as Premier of Western Australia.
The Kimberley’s Martuwarra Fitzroy River is of outstanding significance to Traditional Owners and all Western Australians and is recognised through National Heritage Listing and as WA’s largest registered cultural heritage site.
In 2017, the incoming McGowan Government committed to protect the Martuwarra Fitzroy River by creating the Fitzroy River National Park, not allowing the Martuwarra Fitzroy River or its tributaries to be dammed, and to develop a Fitzroy River Management Plan to ensure the health of the Martuwarra and to create sustainable development.
As my new Premier, I urge you to follow through on these commitments and to protect the Martuwarra Fitzroy River. Proposals to take water from the river or its floodplains for large-scale development seriously threaten to cause irreversible harm to this ecological and culturally important river system.
Damaging large-scale developments are not needed on the Martuwarra. There is opportunity to build a vibrant and modern economy without taking water from the river and creating another Murray-Darling disaster.
Premier Cook, I urge you to co-design a model for the long-term protection of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River and its floodplains with Traditional Owners. Furthermore, Traditional Owners of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River have existing plans for sustainable development and jobs which should be implemented.
There is huge public support for you to protect the Martuwarra, Premier Cook. In 2021 more than 43,000 Australians wrote submissions in response to the Draft Fitzroy River Water Discussion Paper and a petition signed by more than 26,000 Australians was recently delivered to WA Government, calling for all plans for large-scale irrigation to be abandoned and for long-lasting protection of the river.
I urge you to protect the Martuwarra Fitzroy River and create an extraordinary legacy for WA’s future and this globally important river.
WA's new Premier Roger Cook will decide the fate of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River and whether the river will be protected or opened up to damaging large-scale development.
As the new leader of our state, it's crucial we let Premier Cook know how important the Martuwarra is to all Western Australians and why the river must be protected for the future.
Why you should contact the new Premier about protecting 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.
- 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 significantly impacted by large-scale irrigation development.
- There is opportunity to build a vibrant and modern economy in the Fitzroy Valley without taking water from the Martuwarra.
- Traditional Owners of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River have existing plans and goals for sustainable development and jobs which should be implemented alongside protection of the river.
- There is overwhelming community support for protection of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River, with over 26,000 petition signatures and 43,000 submissions calling for the WA Government to protect the river.
- As WA's new Premier, Roger Cook can create an extraordinary legacy by protecting the Martuwarra Fitzroy River.
Image: Banjay (Sir John Gorge) in the Upper reaches of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River. Credit: Adam Monk.