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Region: Kimberley


The Fitzroy River has been a strategic priority for Rangelands NRM for many years given the complexity surrounding competing priorities between pastoral, conservation, Traditional Owner, Industry and State Government interests.

Recent interest in irrigated agriculture, the Aboriginal Declaration, National Park boundaries, bilbies and clearing permits has further complicated and escalated the situation, highlighting the need for all stakeholders to work collaboratively towards a shared vision.

The Nationally Heritage listed river forms the backbone for productive land systems, management of threatened species and aboriginal sites and communities. It forms the focus for building collaboration around cross tenure fire, sustainable grazing practices and protection of key threatened species habitat with both pastoralists and traditional owners.

There is a major opportunity  to facilitate collaboration and assist in exploring opportunities to work together towards shared goals.

Key EBBC or priority fauna in area:

  • Endangered Black-flanked rock-wallaby (Petrogale lateralis lateralis)
  • Endangered Northern Quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus)
  • Endangered Gouldian Finch (Erythrura gouldiae)
  • Vulnerable Bilby (Macrotis lagotis)
  • Vulnerable Freshwater Sawfish (Pristis pristis)
  • Other Critical Weight Range Mammals (average body weight 35 to 4200g)
  • Migratory shorebirds

Other assets in the area:

  1. National Heritage Listed Fitzroy River – the entire system feeds water to the region, harbours threatened species, deep pools (valuable in the dry season), sustains fauna and flora over large areas, riparian vegetation
  2. Devonian Reef
  3. Productive Land Systems – Mitchell and Flinders grasslands grazing land, Clay & Fossil soil types
  4. Camballin Barrage Pool Some people support the barrage as it creates a good fishing spot but others don’t support it as it prevents fish movement upstream
  5. Myroodah Crossing High level of ground water and surface water interaction
  6. Camballin Wetlands – flood plain. Strong indigenous cultural values, fishing
  7. Alexander Island
  8. Nippa Dam (mountains around) sacred site, songline
  9. Christmas Creek, Annie Creek, Sollomon Creek (rock hide)
  10. Sir John Gorge – southernmost population of Northern Quolls and populations of Short-eared Rock-wallabies
  11. Mornington destocked area
  12. Lake Gladstone – Important resource for resident and migratory water birds
  13. Phillips Range – Northern Brown Bandicoot (unusual in this part of the Kimberley)
  14. Many aboriginal communities and outstations

People/Groups engaged in the area:

  1. Kimberley Land Council
  2. Pastoralists
  3. Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemans Association
  4. West Kimberly Land Conservation District Committee (LCDC)
  5. Ranger network inc Bunuba
  6. Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
  7. Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia
  8. Department of Water
  9. Environs Kimberley
  10. Anne Poelina
  11. Department of Lands
  12. NESP/NAWRA and other research entities