The Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council
The Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council believes rivers are the lifeblood of our Nation. The Council is focused on the Right To Life of the sacred and National Heritage Listed Martuwarra Fitzroy River. By bringing the Voices of the Martuwarra together, this protects the River from proposed and existing invasive developments. Since its inception the Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council has attracted the attention of leading scientists and researchers, both in Australia and internationally, through its ability to bring together the majority of Traditional Owner groups from the region.
In November 2020, the Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council gained charity status with the Australian Government, ‘Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission’ as well as DGR status for donors with endorsement date effect 18th August 2020.
Terms Of Reference
Fitzroy River Declaration
Strategic Communications Brief
The Council conducts interdisciplinary and intercultural collaborative research in various domains and across disciplines including; First Law, culture, science, history, economics and development. Traditional Owners throughout the region and elsewhere, as well as the wide communities of people locally, regionally and internationally understand and connect to the Vision of the Martuwarra Fitzroy Council that:
Water sustains life;
Water and rivers deserve to be recognised as life-giving;
Water underpins cultural, spiritual and natural values.
Voices for the Martuwarra is a collaborative documentary film (40 minutes) featuring interviews with members of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council (MFRC), scientists, environmentalists and researchers.
Through engaging interviews with multiple stakeholders, the Voices for the Martuwarra film traces the creation of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council which was established in 2018. Amidst extensive development plans earmarked for the Kimberley in the mining and agricultural sectors, the Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council gives a political voice to Traditional Owners of the Fitzroy River Region.
‘Giving voice to many Kimberley Traditional Owners, the film depicts the profound and complex inter-relatedness between culture, Country, Living Waters and people’. As a call to action, the Voices for the Martuwarra documentary film reminds audiences of the reasons why, in the age of the Anthropocene and Climate Emergency, it is now more important than ever to listen to Indigenous voices, as they hold solutions for the future of humanity and of our planet.
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