Fitzroy River

Ord and Fitzroy Rivers: Fish benefit from natural flooding

Scientists say artificial flooding does not have the same ecological benefits as natural flooding.

They have studied the Fitzroy and Ord Rivers as part of a study of Australian natural and artificial flooding regimes.

They say natural flooding at the Fitzroy allows, for example, fish to feed on the floodplains and gain weight.

However water at the Ord River region stays within channels cut-off from the floodplain, and flooding is at the wrong time of the year to have the same benefits as natural flooding.

Science Network [read this story]

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Sunday, July 20th, 2014 Environment Comments Off

Fitzroy River crocodile incidents

People fishing on the Fitzroy River had two separate encounters with crocodiles last week.

Courtesy DEC

Courtesy DEC

A woman caught a small crocodile on a hand line near Looma, and was pulling it in when a larger croc lunged at her.

Another croc took a pet dog on Saturday.

ABC [read this story]

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 Environment Comments Off

The Wilderness Society on a proposed coal mine

The Wilderness Society has issued a statement condemning a coal mine proposal for the lower Fitzroy Valley.

The Wilderness Society“Carrying the coal from the proposed mine to port would be a road transport nightmare, with 50-80 monster road trains every day trying to navigate a 175km stretch of the flood-prone Great Northern Highway, a popular tourist route and the lifeline for local communities in the Fitzroy valley,” the statement says.

“The heavy monsoon rains of the Kimberley make the proposed mine a potential disaster, with a high risk of toxic heavy metals and acid mine drainage leaching into the groundwater and the unspoiled Fitzroy River.”

You can read the statement here:

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Monday, February 24th, 2014 Business and finance, Environment, Government Comments Off

Fitzroy Valley floods update

DFES warns people in the Fitzroy River catchment to continue to take action against minor flooding.

DFESYou can read DFES’ notice with updated flood details here:

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Sunday, February 16th, 2014 Environment, Fitzroy Crossing Comments Off

Lange’s Crossing: Croc warning sign stolen

Someone has stolen a crocodile warning sign at Lange’s Crossing on the Fitzroy River.

Courtesy DEC

Courtesy DEC

The Department of Parks and Wildlife installed the sign to alert visitors, after reports of an aggressive crocodile at the popular fishing spot last month.

“People who think stealing these signs for a souvenir is just a bit of harmless fun probably don’t realise they are putting the safety of others at risk,” a spokesman said.

 

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Thursday, January 30th, 2014 Environment Comments Off

Nyikina Mangala native title claim registered

The Nyikina Mangala native title claim has been registered with the federal court.

The claim area covers much of the lower Fitzroy Valley.

The claimants now have the right to negotiate with developers and companies wishing to explore for minerals and petroleum.

 

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Monday, June 17th, 2013 Aboriginal Comments Off

West Kimberley fires

This link shows a satellite image of prescribed burns in the West Kimberley.

PhysOrg [read this story]

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Sunday, April 21st, 2013 Derby, Environment, Fitzroy Crossing Comments Off

Cane toads on the march

Broome is just two wet seasons away from having cane toads, say Kimberley Toad Busters.

Picture: Peter Strain

Picture: Peter Strain

The group also says toads are just 30 kilometres away from Halls Creek, and will probably be in the town by the end of the wet.

They are expected to reach Derby by next wet season.

The West Australian [read this story]

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Thursday, March 21st, 2013 Broome, Derby, Environment, Halls Creek Comments Off
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