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Legal Protection for the Fitzroy River. Kimberley Freshwater Campaign. Joint campaign of Environs Kimberley and Australian Conservation Foundation. Funded by the Australian Conservation Foundation & Mullum Trust. Kimberley Appropriate Economies Roundtable.

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kimberley freshwater campaign
Kimberley Freshwater Campaign
  • Joint campaign of Environs Kimberley and Australian Conservation Foundation.
  • Funded by the Australian Conservation Foundation & Mullum Trust.
kimberley appropriate economies roundtable
Kimberley Appropriate Economies Roundtable
  • Meeting held in Fitzroy Crossing in October 2005 – organised by KLC, ACF and EK.
  • Principle – “The Fitzroy River, ground-waters and conservation areas are protected by a legal framework”.
campaign objective
Campaign Objective
  • Long-term legal protection for the Fitzroy River in a way that is consistent with Traditional Owner’s rights and interests.
protecting high conservation value rivers wetlands and aquifers 1
Protecting high conservation value rivers, wetlands and aquifers 1
  • National Water Initiative – ‘identify and acknowledge surface and groundwater systems of high conservation value, and manage these systems to protect and enhance those values’.
  • WA Government policy (2001) – ‘no dams’. Reaffirmed in the state legislature, May 2005.
  • State Water Plan 2007 – ‘Water planning will identify water resources that are a priority for protection’.
  • Rangelands NRM Target – ‘Ensure Legislative/statutory protection and management for all ‘Wild Rivers’ and high conservation waterways and wetlands by 2010’.
protecting high conservation value rivers wetlands and aquifers 2
Protecting high conservation value rivers, wetlands and aquifers 2
  • WA Government currently drafting new water legislation – Water Resources Management Act.
  • Considering including a proclamation power to declare some waterways and wetlands as ‘significant’.
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Opportunities & Influences

National Water Initiative

WA Legislative Reform

Native Title

CROSS-CULTURAL LEGAL PROTECTION for the FITZROY RIVER

WA Government Policy (No Dams)

Rangelands NRM Plan(FitzCAM)

State Water Plan & regional water planning

Caring for Country Plan

Kimberley Appropriate Economies Roundtable

key aspect of a cross cultural legal framework
Key aspect of a cross-cultural legal framework

“The people of the region are able to participate in planning for the region, are supported by government in that process, and their views are respected and included when implementing planning outcomes”.

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Key aspects of a cross-cultural legal framework 2
  • provides statutoryprotection for the river.
  • recognises native title rights and associated Traditional Owner interests.
  • governance framework based on partnership – co-management; sufficient funding.
  • prohibits some damaging activities in Fitzroy River Catchment (e.g. dams, weirs, broad-scale land clearing, large-scale water extraction).
  • maintains bottom-line ecological thresholds and ensures protectionof cultural values.
principles

Public participation

Traditional Owner rights and interests

Long term

CROSS-CULTURAL LEGAL PROTECTION for the FITZROY RIVER

Co-management approaches

Statutory

Funding for management

No dams, weirs or large scale water extraction

Protects natural and cultural values

Principles
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