The radio show ‘Saving Wee Waa‘ broadcast on the Paradigm Shift (4ZZZ fm 102.1 Fridays at noon) this week could have been about any country town in NSW or Vic or Qld etc. It could be about regional Australia … places like Condobolin, Trundle, Moree, Echuca, Tailem Bend, Kalgoorlie, Clermont, Lowood, Katherine … it is about country, about water, about land. ‘Saving Wee Waa’ was several years in the making.
Will regional Australia learn its lesson, give up on racism and embrace a more sustainable custodianship of the land?
We hope so.
Plate sin with gold, and the strong lance of justice hurtless brakes.
Arm it with rags, a pygmy’s straw doth pierce it. – Shakespeare.
Paradigm Shift (4ZZZ fm 102.1 Fridays at Noon) broadcast on 31 May 2019.
On a recent cycling trip with my brother through the Brisbane Valley we visited a number of regional towns .
On our journey I noted that a number of these towns were in serious economic decline. There was an attempt to bolster these towns using tourism. However this boost was only patchy. Tourism could not replace the dying industries of dairy, railway and agriculture.
Since colonisation there has been a question mark over the sustainability of clearing scrub for cattle, of coal mining and of logging – all industries favoured in S-E Queensland over the past 100 years.
Erosion, bushfires and flooding have been the result…
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