Send a message to welcome the new Ministers
In the wake of the worst floods in WA history, it’s crucial that decision makers hear why the Martuwarra Fitzroy River needs protecting.
Minister McGurk, Minister Jarvis and Minister Punch have taken on new portfolios that will help decide the fate of the Martuwarra following the devastating Fitzroy Valley floods, and whether the river will be protected or opened up to damaging large-scale irrigation developments.
Why you should take action to protect the Martuwarra:
- Following January's catastrophic flood event, it is more important than ever to listen to local communities about their needs and what they want for the future of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River.
- In their 2017 election commitment, the McGowan Government promised to protect the Martuwarra Fitzroy River. Now, as the WA Government focuses on the flood recovery, is the chance for government to work alongside local communities and Traditional Owners to create sustainable economic development compatible with the Martuwarra’s natural and cultural values.
- The Martuwarra Fitzroy River supports the livelihoods of local people, culture, tourism, fishing, and rare wildlife such as the critically endangered freshwater sawfish - all of which would be significantly impacted by large-scale irrigation development.
- Traditional Owner groups along the Martuwarra have not consented to water being taken from the river for irrigation developments. They have urged government to invest in sustainable development that will create culturally appropriate jobs for Aboriginal people on Country that won't harm the river.
Image: Josh Schroeder
Send a message to the new Ministers
Let the new Water Minister, Agriculture Minister and Regional Development Minister know how important a healthy, free-flowing Martuwarra is and why the river must be protected.