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Fitzroy Valley Groundwater Investigations

Groundwater investigations to confirm water availability and increase confidence among pastoral station owners wanting to diversify their operations and lift productivity.

Proposed Timeline

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  • Project commenced

    November 2014
  • Lower Fitzroy Groundwater Review

    May 2015
  • Airborne Electromagnetic Survey

    October 2015
  • Drilling program completed

    June 2016
  • Allocation statements completed

    June 2018
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Fitzroy Valley Groundwater Investigations

The Fitzroy Valley landscape investigation aims to confirm groundwater availability and increase confidence among pastoral station owners wanting to diversify their operations into irrigated agriculture, based on sustainable local-scale mosaic developments.

The project will also assist Aboriginal corporations to develop intensive grazing opportunities to help boost economic advancement and job creation.

While much is known about water availability in the Fitzroy Valley, more work is required to define the potential to draw from groundwater resources in the region in a way that is sustainable.

The West Kimberley groundwater investigation builds on existing Department of Water research in the Fitzroy Valley between Willare and Fitzroy Crossing and will help consolidate our knowledge of groundwater resources and their links to environmental, social and cultural values of the river.

The Department of Water is working closely with a number of external research projects in the Fitzroy Valley including the National Environmental Science Program, the Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub and the Northern Australia Water Resource Assessment, West Kimberley. These initiatives bring together leading scientists to further our knowledge of the regions groundwater resources and dependencies.

Preliminary research has identified the regional Canning Basin aquifers as offering the greatest opportunities for mosaic scale groundwater development in the lower Fitzroy River Valley, specifically the combined Poole Sandstone and Grant Group aquifers.

Related Publications

Title Date Project Type
Assessment of groundwater contribution to wetlands in the lower reaches of Fitzroy River catchment 2016 Fitzroy Valley Groundwater Investigations Water
Environmental Water Management in the Fitzroy River Valley 2016 Fitzroy Valley Groundwater Investigations Water
Frontier groundwater investigations in the west Kimberley (Fitzroy) Region 2016 Fitzroy Valley Groundwater Investigations Water
Indigenous social and cultural values relating to water in the Fitzroy Valley, Kimberley (WA) 2015 Fitzroy Valley Groundwater Investigations Social/Cultural
Lower Fitzroy River Groundwater Review 2015 Fitzroy Valley Groundwater Investigations Water
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