Big wins for the Kimberley coast

Dear Friend of the Kimberley,

We did it! With your help, the level of protection of the Kimberley coast is increasing from 3% to 60% with the creation of two marine parks and two more to come. Your submissions to the government in support of these parks arrived in record-breaking numbers: 17,000 submissions for Roebuck Bay, 18,000 for Horizontal Falls, and 16,000 for the North Kimberley. Environs Kimberley (EK) will continue to advocate for world-class sanctuary zones in all new parks.

Parry Harbour, North Kimberley - Julia Rau

The same sort of community support enabled us, 20 years ago, to form EK to fight Big Cotton, which wanted to dam the Fitzroy River and clear hundreds of thousands of hectares of bush. Ten years ago it helped us put an end to the WA Government’s plans to transport water by canal from the Fitzroy thousands of kilometres to the drought-stricken city of Perth.

Fracking in conservation areas

Today, with growing interest in fracking in the Fitzroy Valley and wider Canning Basin, and a new push for large-scale irrigated agriculture, we’re looking for your support once again.

The State Government has recently advertised fracking leases over Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek National Parks, and the Devonian Reef and Brooking Gorge Conservation Parks. Meanwhile, Andrew Forrest has acquired a 220,000km² stake in the Canning Basin to frack for gas. And, if that weren’t enough, there’s a new proposal to dam Dimond Gorge, the headwaters of the mighty Fitzroy, and the Margaret River, to irrigate 350,000 hectares for cattle fodder in the Fitzroy Valley. Déjà vu.

We need your help to continue our work in protecting the Kimberley

Since 1996, EK has ensured that the Kimberley environment is given a strong voice. We are able to do this because we raise funds independently, and donations are important to us. No matter how big or small, these help us to punch well above our weight, and amounts over $2 are tax-deductible.

Increasingly our supporters are becoming monthly givers. This doesn’t have to be much — $5 a week that we can rely on, goes a long way.

Please can you support our work by making a tax-deductible donation this financial year?

It’s easy to donate. Go to our website | Pay direct into our account (see details below) | Call Tessa on (08) 9192 1922 with your credit card details

It’s been a momentous 20th anniversary year for EK. Thank you as always for your support.

Kind regards

Martin Pritchard

Director

 

Bank Account for Donations:

Beyond Bank BSB 805022 | Account Number 03626193 | Account Environs Kimberley Giftfund

Make sure you send us an email with your postal address so we can send you a tax deductible receipt! Thank you!

Here’s some other practical things you can do to help:

  1. Become a member of EK – we’ll keep you informed, and your membership supports a local grassroots organisation that has been standing up for the Kimberley for fifteen years.
  2. Join our Facebook page and help spreading the word about our campaigns to your networks

In 2017, we’ll need your help to protect the Kimberley!