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  Environs Kimberley: 20 years of environmental community action
A Force of Nature Martin Pritchard, Managing Director of Environs Kimberley, explains why this organisation is having a huge celebration in recognition of its 20 years fighting to protect the Kimberley. Environs Kimberley (EK) is the peak environmental body in the Kimberley and is a non-government organisation (NGO). Back in 1996 EK was established in order to protect the Fitzroy River from a proposal to dam it and a couple of its tributaries. This water was to be used to grow 200,000 hectares of GM cotton. The traditional owners were concerned that it would be very damaging to the environment and their cultural heritage. Over the years EK, together with other organisations and the support of the local communities, has had some outstanding successes in safeguarding many Kimberley environmental treasures. However, the battle to protect the mighty Fitzroy River still rages......

  Shale gas - another fracking threat for the Kimberley
Still catching their breath from their success with the proposed gas hub at James Price Point, the Broome community faces the serious threat from shale gas exploration. The same scenario applies: the right of might or the might of right. Wade Freeman and Micklo Corpus bring us up to date on the current state of play on the ‘level playing field’ at risk – the Roebuck plains and the essential ground waters that sustain Broome. At one end the might of millions from mega companies and at the other the rights of native title and pastoral leases recently handed back to the Yawuru traditional owners.

  Aboriginal ranger groups
In the Kimberley (and other parts of northern and central Australia) the largest and most active force in terms of conservation are Aboriginal ranger groups.

  The one and only Roebuck Bay (Series)
Roebuck Bay is a one off: once the wide shallow mouth of the mighty Fitzroy River, its vast silky kaolin mudflats stretch out for kilometres with the retreat of the 10 metre daily tides. The abundant benthos of the flats feeds into the food chain of marine life and countless migratory shorebirds. Fossilised footprints that dot the shore as elevated rocks amid the beach sands and march up into the red pindan cliffs bear witness to the abundant presence of dinosaurs long ago.

  Australian Conservation Foundation and the Kimberley
Wade Freeman, Project Officer for the Kimberley Region of the Australian Conservation Foundation, outlines some of the conservation and economic issues that his organisation is dealing with in the area.

  Why industrialise our last prinstine wilderness?
Paul Marshall, Kimberley Program Officer with the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), argues that the Kimberley is so superbly unique that it must never be harmed by industrial developments like the proposed gas hub at James Price Point

  Foresight for shore
Dr Kim Friedman, from the marine science program at Western Australian Parks and Wildlife, maps out how the unique Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy will operate. The Strategy underpins the development of marine and terrestrial parks that stretch from south of the Kimberley to the border of the Northern Territory, protecting areas of significant natural beauty as well as those of significant cultural heritage. The areas will be investigated for their key features (biological, physical, social) which will form the basis for park management

  Sustainable tourism Kimberley style (Series)
Sustainable tourism respects and protects its most valuable asset, the environment so that future generations will also have the chance to enjoy the same environment. In wilderness areas like the Kimberley, there are only so many tracks that can be made or so many tourists let into areas before the environment itself is devalued. Sustainable tourism knows its limits and should promote these ethics to its customers, the tourists themselves.

  The ongoing saga to save James Price Point (series)
The hard fought battle to protect James Price Point from industrialisation has gathered momentum over the years in this David and Goliath contest where small, isolated communities have stood firm against the might of governments and multinationals.

  The fire prone Kimberley
This series is located in the Burning Issues category. Please click here to access it.

  The mighty Fitzroy River
Environs Kimberley was initially formed to fight to protect the source of water and annual renewal for so much of the western Kimberley region. Proposals for damming, piping, irrigation continue to be mooted by developers and enthusiastic but distant politicians so the battle appears endless and requires ongoing vigilance and strong action from the concerned Kimberley communities.

  Sustainable pearl farming
Good animal husbandry is paramount for Cygnet Bay Pearl farmers

  Kimberley Marine Research Station
In 2009, with guidance from the Western Australia Marine Science Institution (WAMSI), James Brown from Cygnet Bay Pearls set up the Kimberley Marine Research Station, a privately operated facility some 200 kilometres north of Broome on the Dampier Peninsula. Ali McCarthy, the Station's Research Officer, introduces some of the current research being undertaken there by scientists from several universities and other research organisations across Australia.

  SKIPAs
Phil Docherty, from the Society for Kimberley Indigenous Plants and Animals, outlines the work that this non-profit organisation undertakes.

  Disease surveillance and welfare of Kimberley livestock
The unique role of monitoring and protecting of the WA Department of Agriculture and Food;s District Veterinary Officer for the Kimberley.

  Future Island Sanctuaries?

  The fight for the Fitzroy River
  Rubber vine in the Kimberley
  The Dampier Peninsula Monsoonal Vine Thickets

  Introducing some regional reptilia

  Dealing with feral and unmanaged stock in a Conservation Park

  Undermining with overmining
  Just whose land IS it?
James Price Point - so many cooks and just one golden goose

  A town like - Broome? Unlikely!

  Taming the Kimberley

  A sustainable development model?


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