The Fitzroy River Science Statement is in support of the Western Australian Government’s election commitment to create a new National Park and a Catchment Management Plan to protect the Fitzroy River. It provides scientific guidance on the values, threats and necessary protection for the river and catchment.
The authors also recognise the Fitzroy River Declaration by Traditional Owners that raises concerns about the cumulative impacts of current and proposed development and outlines a vision for the future of the river. It is hoped that this statement will also be of value to Traditional Owners in the process of furthering the aspirations expressed in the Declaration.
In response to concerns about the cumulative impacts of development on the outstanding cultural and environmental values of the Fitzroy River, scientists have prepared a statement outlining these values and recommending a way forward for protection of the river that can underpin plans for sustainable development in the catchment.
The statement has been co-authored by nine leading science experts on the Fitzroy River. Coordinating authors include Professor Craig Moritz, Professor Kingsley Dixon, Professor Jeff Connor, Professor Peter Veth, Distinguished Professor Sue O'Connor, Associate Professor David Morgan, Associate Professor Andrew Storey, Dr Ryan Vogwill, & Dr Anja Skroblin.