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    09020: Kimberley waterways recovery and education

    Indigenous rangers sample macro-invertebrates as part of the waterways education program. Courtesy Department of Water
    Indigenous rangers sample macro-invertebrates as part of the waterways education program. Courtesy Department of Water

    The Department of Water in partnership with the University of Western Australia has developed a waterways education program for the Kimberley.

    The program aims to give remote communities, schools and Indigenous ranger groups the skills to examine, assess and ultimately manage their local waterways. Delivery of the program focuses on awareness, training, research, management and long-term monitoring.

    Funding from the State NRM Program was used to continue and expand the program.

    In addition, funding was provided to develop an engineering design to restore fish passage at a barrage on the Fitzroy River for endangered sawfish and other important species. Restoration of fish passage at the barrage was strongly supported by the local Indigenous community, the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley and other community groups.

    Investment: $ 380 513
    Delivery organisation: Department of Water
    Project duration: November 2009 - August 2012
    Location: Kununurra

    More information

    Department of Water Kununurra Regional Office (08) 9166 4100

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