SIGN THE PETITION TO PROTECT THE FITZROY!
Irrigation proposals threaten the Fitzroy River, the life-blood of the Kimberley. Add your name in support of protecting the River!
Protect the Fitzroy River!
WHY THE FITZROY IS SPECIAL
The Fitzroy River is an extraordinary part of our shared natural heritage and is home to rare wildlife such as the critically endangered Freshwater Sawfish.
The National Heritage-listed river provides water and livelihoods for thousands of people and is a renowned destination for tourists and fishers.
The clean and fresh water flowing from the Fitzroy River into the ocean supports the coral reefs, mangrove forests, pearling and fishing along the Kimberley coast, the world’s most pristine tropical coastline.
WHY THE RIVER NEEDS PROTECTION
Murray-Darling style irrigation proposals to pump water from the Fitzroy River channel, tributaries or floodplains would reduce and redirect water flows and increase pollution. Establishing a new irrigation industry on the Fitzroy River would create an unacceptable risk to culture, community livelihoods, wildlife, wetlands and fishing.
Traditional Owners of the Kimberley area have repeatedly made clear their support for long-term protections for the Fitzroy River: in the 2011 National Heritage Listing, the 2016 Fitzroy River declaration, and the 2018 Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council.
The way to protect the Fitzroy's flows is by creating a buffer zone against irrigation, dams and mining. A buffer zone covering just 9% of the catchment could protect 90% of the river's channels and wetlands.