Flood warning for travellers on Canning Stock Route

People travelling on the Canning Stock Route and other visitors to Martu ngurra (country) are being warned about travelling further north into the Kimberley.

The Fitzroy River flooding in January and localised flooding in country to the north of Kunawarritji (Well 33) is making travel risky and fuel and food in short supply.

The Martu land council, Jamukurnu-Yapalikurnu Aboriginal Corporation (JYAC) is warning travellers to only go on the stock route to Kunawarritji and then take alternative routes.

Stores at Balgo, Billuna, Mulan are advising that they are very low on fuel & food.

Kuju Wangka, the permit agency for the traditional land owners groups along the Canning Stock Route, is recommending that travellers heading north on the stock route only plan for travel between Well 1 and Well 33.

Travellers should exit the stock route at Kunawarritji, and go west (via Punmu and Telfer) to the Great Northern Highway or east (via Kiwirrkurra) to the Northern Territory.

JYAC CEO Tony McRae said this is a difficult time for people living in remote communities in flood affected areas.

“People using the Canning Stock Route are asked to respect the advice and avoid travelling north, beyond Kunawarritji (Well 33), until further notice.

“This is a great trip to make and turning west into other parts of Martu ngurra and the Pilbara, or east into the Territory will still be a great Western Desert drive.

“We thank everyone for their understanding and look forward to welcoming travellers back to Martu ngurra and beyond, in the near future,” Mr McRae said.