The National Heritage-listed Fitzroy River is an extraordinary part of our shared natural heritage. The living waters of the river and floodplains support culture, the livelihoods of thousands of people, tourism, fishing, and rare wildlife such as the critically endangered freshwater sawfish.
Developments that take water from the river or its floodplains pose a serious risk to the river and its people by reducing life-giving flows and adding pollution to the clean water and delicate ecosystems of the river. These sorts of developments are not needed. We can build a vibrant and modern economy without taking water from the river. Taking water will lead to a Murray-Darling style future for the river.
At the last election, you promised to protect the Fitzroy River. I call on you to act on this promise by committing to long-term and legally binding protection for the clean and free flow of water through the river, floodplains and wetlands. No water should be taken from the Fitzroy River or its tributaries.
The future of the Fitzroy River and its people, culture and wildlife depends on you keeping your promise to protect this living river.