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Fitzroy River catchment | TRaCK: Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge

TRaCK: Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge

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Fitzroy River catchment

Fitzroy River catchment

Catchment: Fitzroy River

The Fitzroy River in the Kimberley discharges into King Sound, about midway between Broome and Derby. It has a catchment of approximately 93,000 square kilometres. Its major tributary is the Margaret River which joins the Fitzroy just upstream of Fitzroy Crossing.

Socio-economic profiles for the Fitzroy and surrounding catchments

The population of the Fitzroy catchment is approximately 7,000, a high percentage of which (64%) are Aboriginal people. The catchment area is more than 93,000 km2, so the population density is less that 0.1 person per km2 and the population is relatively mobile.

More than 65% of the households own a motor vehicle, about half have internet connection at home, and some 60% of people speak English only at home – these percentages are very typical of the TRaCK region. The Fitzroy has an ARIA (Accessibility / Remoteness Index of Australia) of 12 (on the scale of 15), that is higher than the regional average of 10. This indicates that people in this catchment must travel further than most, to access a full range of goods and services.

Almost half of the people in the catchment are employed by government administration or services, with a small percentage spread over other sectors.

The region is relatively well surveyed and thus hosts a number of registered heritage sites. Almost all of the land in the catchment is reported as under agricultural production, with a small percentage being under conservation. For more information see the fact sheet on this catchment.

Fitzroy River