WA government red tape blocks progress for award-winning irrigation system at Mowanjum Aboriginal Station


An Aboriginal community in Western Australia’s Kimberley region has said attempts to make its cattle station profitable and create jobs are being stymied by state government red tape.

The Mowanjum Aboriginal Corporation near Derby was recognised for excellence in the Premier’s Award two years ago for its innovative circle irrigation trial, but CEO Steve Austin said delays in approval for a second pivot have caused the community to lose valuable momentum.