The Kimberley region stretches from the NT border, west across the northern coastal areas down the coast south of Broome into the Lagrange area and back across to the NT border through the Sandy Desert. Western Australia's Kimberley region has approximately 30 major rivers and many more tributaries and tidal creeks. Many Kimberley rivers are unique and represent important examples of some of Australia's, and the world's, last remaining natural river systems. They are, however, under increasing pressure from threats such as weeds, overgrazing, new roads, tourism, feral animals, increased mining and exploration activity and inappropriate use and development. The region has one of the largest rivers in Australia, the Fitzroy and the largest man made inland Lake, Lake Argyle situated on the Ord. There are also significant groundwater resources in the region which supply key mining operations, pastoral activities, town water supplies and a large number of irrigation and industrial operations.
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