Stakeholder views: assets and threats to the tropical rivers of the Fitzroy catchment, WA

2006

Workshop report, Derby, Friday 17 February, 2006

Tropical Rivers Inventory and Assessment Project
Lands & Water Australia, February 2006

Introduction

The Tropical Rivers Inventory and Assessment Project (TRIAP) Fitzroy catchment community consultation workshop was held in Derby on Friday 17 February, 2006. The workshop was organised by the National Centre for Tropical Wetland Research (NCTWR), which is undertaking the TRIAP. The TRIAP is funded under Land & Water Australia's Tropical Rivers Program.

The TRIAP is examining the assets and threats to Australia's tropical rivers in terms of risk assessment. The Fitzroy catchment is one of the project's 'focus catchments' and as such, is being analysed in as much detail as possible.

One of the first steps in the risk assessment project is to document the assets and threats in the Fitzroy catchment. We have collected some information from existing reports and workshops held previously. Appendix 1 provides a list of reports and workshops referenced to date. It is important we get the views of people who live and work in the catchment on these aspects, so that the project produces meaningful results and relevant outputs.

The major aim of the workshop was to agree on the key ecological assets and threats to the tropical rivers of the Fitzroy catchment and to prioritise assets and threats to be examined within the TRIAP. An information sheet (see Appendix 2) and flyer about the workshop was distributed to stakeholders who then passed it on to people they thought may be interested in attending.

Fourteen people attended the workshop (see Appendix 3 for a list of workshop participants). They included traditional owners, representatives from the Department of Environment, Kimberley Land Council and Clean Up the Kimberley. The workshop included brief powerpoint presentations with lots of discussion from the participants combined with breakout sessions where small groups discussed their views. The workshop format is outlined in Appendix 4. The concept of ecological risk assessment was discussed in the beginning of the workshop.

This report includes:

  • A summary of what is risk assessment and conceptual models as presented at the workshop
  • A summary of the ecological assets collected from other reports and the ecological assets discussed at the workshop
  • A summary of the threats to ecological assets collected from other reports and the threats discussed at the workshop
  • Priorities for the TRIAP as identified at the workshop