Election 2020: Join us in calling for better protection for the rivers and floodplains of the Channel Country

In the lead up to the state election, join us in asking the candidates to commit to better protection of the rivers and floodplains of the Channel Country .

What we want: All parties to demonstrate their support for the wildlife and the communities of the Channel Country by committing to implementing stronger legislative protections for the rivers and floodplains of the Channel Country within the first 12 months of a newly elected government.

The Cooper, Diamantina and Georgina rivers bring life to the dry heart of Australia as they feed water from the tropics south into Lake Eyre. These rivers are among the last free flowing desert rivers on Earth. 

The Channel Country rivers, waterholes, and wetlands are rich with sacred cultural heritage for the region’s traditional owners. This extraordinary natural river system, and the unique historical and cultural values it supports, attracts visitors from across the world supporting a growing tourism industry. The Channel Country also supports a profitable organic beef industry.

Our desert rivers are under threat

Unconventional gas mining (coal seam, tight, and shale gas) is expanding and intensifying in the Lake Eyre Basin. Under current Queensland Government policy, gas fields are permitted across the Channel Country’s floodplains. Infrastructure and industrial activity from these fracking operations is threatening the health and integrity of these rivers and wetlands and the future of the wildlife and communities that depend on them. 

Will you ask for better protection to save our precious Channel Country? 

Better protection of the Channel Country rivers and floodplains must be a matter of priority in the next term of government - our rivers, wildlife, culture and communities are too precious to risk. 

In the lead up to this election please help by sending a message to the Queensland Government and all major political parties calling for better legislative protection for Channel Country rivers and floodplains. 


Western Rivers Alliance Election Letter to the Premier September 2020

Ahead of the 2020 State Election, Western Rivers Alliance supporters have written to political parties to commit to better legislative protection for Channel Country rivers and floodplains within the first 12 months of a new term of government. See below to read our...

Another government report identifies risks of unconventional gas fracking for Channel Country floodplains

The Australian Government’s new report on the potential expansion of the unconventional shale and tight gas fracking industry into Queensland’s Channel Country identifies risks to the region’s groundwater aquifers, important wetlands, wildlife, and the region’s cattle grazing industry. The Geological and Bioregional Assessment...