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Government Discussion Paper

PRESS RELEASE by Prof. Anne Poelina - Chair MFRC

An authorised media statement available for public distribution from the Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council.

Maboo Ngoorinyin Liyan Nganka

Excellent Spirit and Good Time for Talking

On 6 November 2020, Hon. Ministers Kelly, MacTiernan, Dawson and Wyatt announced the release of the Managing Water in the Fitzroy River Catchment: Discussion paper for stakeholder consultation. The paper is open for public comment until 5pm (WST) on Monday 31 May 2021.


Discussion Paper:


The Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council have submitted our Reports with our 15 Positions on the Martuwarra Fitzroy River Catchment Estate to government and the relevant Ministers.

These reports can be obtained by accessing the links:

 RiverOfLife, M., Poelina, A., Alexandra, J., & Samnakay, N. (2020). A conservation
and management plan for the National Heritage listed Fitzroy River Catchment Estate (No. 1)
. Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council, Nulungu Research Institute, The University of Notre Dame Australia.

RiverOfLife, M., McDuffie, M., & Poelina, A., (2020). Martuwarra Country: A historical perspective (1838-present). Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council; Nulungu Research Institute, The University of Notre Dame Australia.

Water the Next Gold!

I have attached a short film interview which is on YouTube and is public. Here is a link to the 'local news style' video from the interview in Fitzroy with entrepreneurial journalist Daryl Vandenberg.

I make the point that it would be unjust to proceed without a Statutory Authority and a Social License for engagement with everyone in the Shire of Derby West Kimberley in good faith, with free and informed consent and the precautionary principles for the greater good of all.


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