Kununurra

Kununurra and Broome: Officers to remove crocs

DPaW says its staff will remove problem crocodiles from Kununurra and Broome rather than kill them.

Courtesy DEC

Courtesy DEC

Broome Advertiser [read this story]

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Monday, July 14th, 2014 Broome, Environment, Government, Kununurra Comments Off

Coroner unable to find cause of death

The coroner has made an open finding into the 1997 disappearance and likely death of a 24-year-old man.

William Maddison French phoned a former girlfriend from Carnarvon in December that year, saying he intended to hitch hike around Australia with a new friend.

The next month¬†his new friend Miro Petrovich Dragovich used his identity at a Kununurra backpackers’ hostel.

Both men’s bank accounts were accessed in Kununurra.

Later that year Dragovich tried to sign on with Centrelink as William French, using Mr French’s Bankwest card.

Mr Dragovich died in 2003.

Herald Sun [read this story]

Thursday, June 26th, 2014 Kununurra, Police and courts Comments Off

Ord agriculture ‘should expand’ says Governor-General

Australia’s Governor-General says expanding the Ord River Irrigation Scheme should be a national priority.

Sir Peter Cosgrove made the comments during his tour of Katherine, Kununurra and Wyndham.

The West Australian [read this story]

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Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 Business and finance, Government, Kununurra Comments Off

$1billion sandalwood exports predicted

One of Australia’s two big sandalwood companies predicts $1billion worth of export earnings this coming decade.

Tropical Forestry Services has lots of irrigated Ord River land planted with the valuable cash crop.

ninemsn [read this story]

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Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 Business and finance, Kununurra Comments Off

Workshops lead to new Aboriginal businesses

Morrgul says it has mentored 12 new Aboriginal business across the Kimberley, which are about to launch.

The Woodside-funded company says 55 people attended workshops in Kununurra, Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing, Derby and Broome.

East Kimberley hills were once mountains

Scientists say the Carr-Boyd Ranges and Bob Black Hills were once as high as the Swiss Alps.

Halls Creek airportThe mountain range formed when one tectonic plate collided with another.

Pressure forced the eastern plate down, under the western plate, pushing up the mountains.

This happened so long ago the mountains have now eroded down to their present height.

Science Network [read this story]

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Saturday, June 14th, 2014 Environment, Halls Creek, Kununurra Comments Off

Kununurra: Chinese buying old sugar mill

The Chinese developer of Ord Stage II is negotiating to buy Kununurra’s disused sugar mill.

Ord sugar mill, now leased by a sandlewood company

Ord sugar mill

The West Australian says the company will use it to process sorghum which is to be grown as an interim crop, before full-scale sugar production commences.

Meanwhile, new irrigation pipes have now been found to be leaking.

It is expected to cost $11 – 13 million to repair them.

The West Australian [read this story]

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Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 Business and finance, Kununurra Comments Off

Airports reopen after volcanic eruption

Darwin and Kununurra airports have re-opened today.

They were closed as a precaution, after an Indonesian volcano erupted yesterday.

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Sunday, June 1st, 2014 Environment, Kununurra Comments Off
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