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Ord and Fitzroy Rivers: Fish benefit from natural flooding

Scientists say artificial flooding does not have the same ecological benefits as natural flooding.

They have studied the Fitzroy and Ord Rivers as part of a study of Australian natural and artificial flooding regimes.

They say natural flooding at the Fitzroy allows, for example, fish to feed on the floodplains and gain weight.

However water at the Ord River region stays within channels cut-off from the floodplain, and flooding is at the wrong time of the year to have the same benefits as natural flooding.

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Sunday, July 20th, 2014 Environment Comments Off

Ord River growers return to bananas

Two Ord River growers have ripped out grapefruit trees and returned to planting bananas.

Most farmers stopped growing bananas about 10 years ago.

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Thursday, April 17th, 2014 Business and finance, Kununurra Comments Off

East Kimberley: New flood details

A relocation point will be set up at Kununurra Leisure Centre from 5:00 pm today.

DFESVery heavy rainfall has been recorded in the lower Ord catchment which is expected to lead to minor flooding.

Flooding in the King River is expected to be moderate to major, later today.

You can read DFES’ advice here:

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Friday, February 7th, 2014 Environment, Kununurra, Wyndham Comments Off

Ord River catchment: Caution urged as flood warning cancelled

The BOM has cancelled the flood warning for the Ord River catchment.

DFESHowever DFES urges people to take care as water levels rise in rivers and creeks.

You can read DFES advice here:

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Friday, December 27th, 2013 Environment Comments Off

Bad year for Ord River mangoes

Ord River growers are reporting very low mango yields this year.

Photo: Fir0002/Flagstaffotos

Photo: Fir0002/Flagstaffotos

Market prices are good in Perth, but many growers are not bothering to pick their crops.

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Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 Business and finance, Kununurra Comments Off

Kununurra: Missing men found

Two men reported missing after a fishing trip yesterday in the lower Ord River have been found.

They were downstream from Mambi Island and are said to have had motor trouble.

Police and State Emergency Service members conducted the search.

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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 Kununurra, Police and courts Comments Off

Kununurra: Plan to lower lake scrapped

The Water Corporation has decided not to lower water levels in the Diversion Dam this year.

Photo - Water Corporation

Photo - Water Corporation

A media release says lower rainfall predictions meant farmers would not have enough water in storage for the two-weeks needed to do maintenance works.

They will need to organise suitable supplies in time for next year’s scheduled dam maintenance.

You can read the corporation’s statement here:

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Monday, March 18th, 2013 Business and finance, Kununurra Comments Off

Halls Creek: Tourists ‘run off road’

Tourists were allegedly run off the road by an oncoming vehicle at Great Northern Highway late this afternoon.

Wyndham identities Dick Daniel and Imelda Agars picked them up at the Ord River rest area, and drove them to Halls Creek hospital.

“Two Swiss tourists were involved,” Ms Agars said.

“They were shaken but not hurt.

“Their ‘Wicked’ van was a write-off.”

Halls Creek Police Sergeant Gary Fraser confirmed the tourists were unhurt.

“I won’t be releasing any details about this one because it has to come from our district officer,” he said.

“I haven’t been out there and I’m simply acting on information from a passer by.”

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Thursday, February 7th, 2013 Halls Creek, Police and courts Comments Off
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