Fitzroy River region on display

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A photography exhibition showcasing the natural beauty and importance of the Kimberley’s Fitzroy River region will launch in Rockingham this week.

The exhibition, The Fitzroy River: Lifeblood of the Kimberley, boasts photography from Western Australian photographers Damian Kelly and Adam Monk, and will treat locals to the extraordinary natural landscapes and wildlife of the National Heritage Listed Fitzroy River.

A spectacular seven-metre sawfish art installation will also feature as part of the exhibition, raising awareness of the remarkable array of wildlife the Fitzroy supports, including the world’s most important population of the critically endangered freshwater sawfish.

Kimberley Like Nowhere Else campaign co-ordinator Monique Barker said the event would bring the beauty of the Kimberley’s Fitzroy River region to the Rockingham community.

She also acknowledged the McGowan Government’s commitment at the last State election to protect the Fitzroy.

“The exhibition celebrates the mighty Fitzroy River, Western Australia’s largest river and the lifeblood of the Kimberley, which is under threat from large-scale irrigation proposals,” she said.

“The collection is a fantastic glimpse of the National Heritage Listed river - featuring the endangered wildlife, diverse landscapes and the unique Kimberley essence which make the Fitzroy River so special.

“The star of the exhibition is the custom-made, seven-metre sawfish model, demonstrating the spectacular size sawfish can grow to if they survive the threats from irrigation development, habitat destruction and climate change.”

The free exhibition will be open daily from 9am to 4pm until Saturday, December 21 at the Gary Holland Community Centre in Rockingham.

The exhibition will be on tour in Perth in early 2020, with exhibitions to be held in Kalamunda and Mount Lawley.

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