Brockman River

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Brockman River
Origin North of Bindoon Hill
Mouth Avon River
Basin countries Australia
Length 73 kilometres (45 mi)
Source elevation 159 metres (522 ft)[1]
Basin area 1,520 square kilometres (590 sq mi)[2]

Brockman River is a river in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia. It rises north of Bindoon Hill and then flows in a southerly direction. The river crosses the Great Northern Highway near the Bindoon-Moora Road turnoff and flows parallel with the highway as it continues southward. Passing the town of Bindoon and through Lake Needoonga and Lake Chittering the river crosses the highway as it veers eastward. The river then passes Lower Chittering and finally discharges into the Avon River, of which it is a tributary, near Jumperkine Hill just north of Walyunga National Park.

The Brockman has the largest catchment in the Lower Avon and Upper Swan River catchments. The natural resource base of the river is deteriorating as a result of clearing of natural vegetation which in turn has led to erosion and salinity.

The river has many smaller tributaries including Wootra Brook, Spice Brook and Marbling Brook.

The first European to discover the river was the surveyor Francis Thomas Gregory who named the river in 1853. The river is named after William Locke Brockman who was a pastoralist in the region with large land holdings and a Member of the Western Australian Legislative Council. [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas - Map of Brockman River, WA". 2008. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Waters and Rivers Commission - Natural Resource Management Plan for the Brockman River Catchment". 2003. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Retrieved 29 August 2010. 

Coordinates: 31°45′5″S 116°6′59″E / 31.75139°S 116.11639°E / -31.75139; 116.11639