Four Western Australian Government Ministers flew into Fitzroy Crossing for a Community Meeting regarding a new plan for the mighty Fitzroy River.
"At the outset, the McGowan Labor Government has been clear that we want to protect and grow the environmental and economic future of the Fitzroy River for the people of the Kimberley. We are also firm that the river and its tributaries won't be dammed. We are delivering on this election commitment and are keen to hear the community's view on the protection of the river, the expansion of the national park, its boundaries and future joint management with traditional owners." Minister Stephen Dawson said.
A whole-of-Government approach will see the expansion of Fitzroy River National Park, and the development of a management plan of the Fitzroy catchment incorporating the water allocation plan to ensure the long-term health of the river and sustainable economic development.
"A Fitzroy River water allocation plan built on scientific evidence and guided by community values will be a strong basis for the future of the Kimberley. Sustainable management of water resources will support long-term investment in the region, and will protect the high environmental and cultural values of the river." Minster Dave Kelly said.
Traditional owners and representatives from Aboriginal groups, pastoralists, environmental organisations, government agencies and industry gathered at Fitzroy Crossing for a workshop hosted by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson, Regional Development and Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan, Water Minister Dave Kelly and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt.
The Fitzroy River catchment contains significant cultural, environmental and economic values with some parts of the catchment within the Kimberley National Heritage place.
It also includes jointly managed conservation reserves; pastoral leases; and supports tourism, minerals, petroleum, conservation and services industries.