The Kimberley is larger than Germany, but has problems of isolation. It has a wet cyclonic hot summer, and a dry winter. The roads are impassable in the wet. The ports have large tidal variations. Transport is a problem. There is a shortage of suitable labour to service the winter grey nomad tourist trade. Because of the Wave Hill decisions, indigenous people were forced to leave the pastoral industry.
Two past irrigation schemes have failed. The current one, Ord River grows sandalwood and chia. These crops are not known to solve food shortages. Large investors are buying up cattle stations, but will this bring innovation? What are the real-world issues behind the rhetoric?
About the presenter:
Colin Kennard, is a retired academic from the Department of Chemistry, The University of Queensland. A crystallographer (determines structure of molecules) who has determined the structures of many chlorinated pesticides and herbicides, including DDT and 2,4-D) and is currently a tutor at U3A Brisbane on Climate Change, Chemistry and International Politics.
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