In 1996, sparked by the threat of dams to the Fitzroy River and irrigated agriculture in the west Kimberley, three people gathered around a kitchen table in Broome and launched the region’s peak conservation group, Environs Kimberley.
Traditional Owner concerns about the future health of the River and the savannah all the way to Bidyadanga, led to the formation of a coalition that eventually put a stop to the dams and the piping of water to Perth.
Environs Kimberley, or EK, is now celebrating 20 years of work protecting the natural assets of the region.
Environs Kimberley Director, Martin Pritchard, said, “It just goes to show what a small, passionate group of people can do when they put their minds to something.”
Erin Parke and Gian De Poloni
High living costs and government red tape are inhibiting economic growth in Western Australia’s north, a parliamentary committee investigating the development of northern Australia has heard.
A public hearing of the Inquiry into the Development of Northern Australia was held in Broome and MPs heard from more than a dozen organisations about what could be done to boost populations and productivity in the Kimberley.
Diversification essential to future growth
Challenges to establishing permanent populations
Tributes have flowed from the Australian Greens, after the death of a prominent Broome Aboriginal leader.
He was a Goolarabooloo man and avid campaigner against Woodside’s Kimberley gas hub proposal at James Price Point
Scientists believe they have discovered several new species of creatures around Western Australia’s remote Kimberley coast.
The CSIRO-led team spent 11 days mapping the King George River region near the state’s northern tip.
Dr John Keesing said the team gathered around 3,500 specimens as part of the most comprehensive survey undertaken in the Kimberley.
Protesters opposed to the proposed Kimberley gas hub are gathered outside the latest public hearing on the impact of fly-in,-fly-out workers.
The Federal Government’s inquiry into the impact of fly-in, fly-out employment has moved to Broome, where the work practice is relatively rare but set to boom in coming years.
The parliamentary committee is collecting feedback on the impact FIFO arrangements have on workers, families, communities and the economy.