People on the river

Meet our champions

Credit: Nick Gouldhurst

Harold Sinclair

Owner/operator Sinclair’s on Daly Fishing Retreat

"I first moved to Daly River in 1973, then opened the tourism business in 1990. I've watched the industry really take off and expand to the bustling trade it is today. This is one of the very few healthy rivers left and it's already earning big dollars for the Territory.”

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Sheila White & Theresa Lemon

Malak malak Rangers, Daly River

“Wali wali is the Malak name for this part of the Daly river. Water is our life, that’s our bloodline, for every living creature depends on this water. Good floods are good for all river life including our really important animals like sawfish. We're worried about our backyard!”

Roxanne Woolley & Rebecca Robinson

Humpty Doo residents and fishers

“For us, more water in the rivers means more fish in the boat. We want to keep it that way.”

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Shirley Crane

Katherine Resident

“The Katherine River is the lifeblood of our region. We all bear a responsibility to nurture it for both present and future generations. We are interdependent with our environment, and the river is a critical element in maintaining our fragile ecosystems. There is no future for an economy that has no water to sustain it. Without this river the town is nothing.”

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Mark Casey

Nauiyu elder, Daly River

“I was born on the banks of this river, it's our life blood. I’ve fought for this river in the past and I’m ready to fight for it again. This river has beautiful cold water for drinking, we must keep it that way.”

Jack Davies & Robert Austral

Nauiyu residents, Indigenous social workers

“We fish in this river year in year out. We catch and eat Barramundi, Cherabin, shark depending on the season. We need a healthy river for healthy people. We've seen the damage they’ve done to rivers over east, we must keep our rivers flowing so my kids and grandkids can live on the river like we have.”