Kelly re­veals projects

Broome Advertiser - - Advertiser | News - Robert Dougherty

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.”

Pic­ture: Robert Dougherty

Fish­eries and Sci­ence Min­is­ter Dave Kelly tours North Re­gional TAFE’s aqua­cul­ture fa­cil­ity in Broome, guided by Jeff Cooper.

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