Kelly reveals projects
Fisheries and Science Minister Dave Kelly wrapped up a tour of the Kimberley last week.
The minister visited Kununurra, Derby and Broome to announce three new major projects, including a threadfin salmon tagging initiative in Roebuck Bay, a partnership between the Water Corporation and Wunan and a $6.2 million project for upgrades to Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Mr Kelly said the West Kimberley partnership would see $28,260 in funding provided to support female Aboriginal students from the East Kimberley with their education expenses.
“As the minister for science, I am particularly pleased that this partnership will assist 30 Aboriginal female students with tutoring services for science, technology and maths subjects, and other essential items,” he said.
“In Derby I met with the local Shire, businesses and community groups to talk about water management for sustainable agriculture, recreational fishing opportunities in the area.”
The funding was raised from the sale of Rhodes grass hay produced at the Water Corporation’s Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant, which will receive pump station and irrigation upgrades to double the size of its current crop when completed in February next year.
Broome wasn’t left out, with a project between Yawuru, North Regional TAFE and recreational fishers announced to catch, record, tag and release 1000 threadfin salmon over the coming months.
Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer said the project about sustainable management of the beloved North West fish was encouraging to see.
“Fishing is a way of life in the Kimberley and involving the community in learning about threadfin salmon and also securing fish stocks for the future is really positive,” she said.
“Locals and Yawuru people will learn more about this popular fish and pass this on to our younger generations.”
Fisheries and Science Minister Dave Kelly tours North Regional TAFE’s aquaculture facility in Broome, guided by Jeff Cooper.