In 2010, the Australian Floodplain Association began a process that led to a unique alliance between Channel Country pastoralists, conservation organisations and scientists with interests in the Lake Eyre Basin.
This group became known as the Western Rivers Alliance (WRA).
The Western Rivers Alliance became a member of the Lake Eyre Basin Rivers Advisory Panel, which was formed by the Remote Area Planning and Development Board. Western Rivers Alliance membership expanded to include the Mithaka Traditional Owners, advocacy groups and environmentally-aware individuals concerned about the expansion of the unconventional gas industry into fragile Outback environments.
The Western Rivers Alliance advocates for protection of the rivers, floodplains and associated surface and underground waters of the Channel Country region. We believe the most effective way to do this is to:
- Permanently protect the quantity, quality and variability of river flows in the Channel Country;
- Ensure that watercourses, floodplains and wetlands are permanently protected from large-scale, incompatible and destructive activities such as unconventional gas development;
- Enshrine the rights of the public, local government, landholders and the broader community to lodge objections to development approvals;
- Embed a precautionary and ecologically sustainable approach to the management of the State's water resources;
- Guarantee that all water users in Queensland are afforded with equitable, consistent and secure access to the State's surface and groundwater resources.
The Western Rivers Alliance consists of the Australian Floodplain Association, The Mithaka people, Central Australian Frack Free Alliance, Queensland Conservation Council, Coopers Creek Protection Group and The Pew Charitable Trusts.