Western Australia

Consultation begins on visionary plan for Fitzroy River

The WA Government reaffirmed its commitment to the Kimberley region by commencing community consultation to deliver a visionary plan for the Fitzroy River.

The whole-of-Government approach will see the expansion of Fitzroy River National Park, and the development of a management plan of the Fitzroy catchment incorporating the water allocation plan to ensure the long-term health of the river and sustainable economic development.

Traditional owners and representatives from Aboriginal groups, pastoralists, environmental organisations, government agencies and industry gathered today (March 9 2018) at Fitzroy Crossing for a workshop hosted by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson, Regional Development and Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan, Water Minister Dave Kelly and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt.

The Fitzroy River catchment contains significant cultural, environmental and economic values with some parts of the catchment within the Kimberley National Heritage place.

It also includes jointly managed conservation reserves; pastoral leases; and supports tourism, minerals, petroleum, conservation and services industries.

Source: WA Government