Ord Valley

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

$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.

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

Peter Robertson on Sorby Hills lead mine

Wilderness Society spokesman Peter Robertson has criticised the approval of a lead mine 50 kilometres north of Kununurra.

Peter Robertson

Peter Robertson

“Any sane person would think that both the perception and the reality of having a large lead mine in a major food growing area were grounds enough for Ministerial rejection of the proposal,” Mr Robertson said.

You can read his statement here:

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Friday, April 4th, 2014 Environment, Government, Kununurra Comments Off

Grapefruit season started

Growers are starting to pick grapefruit, two weeks earlier than the last two seasons.

They are fetching about $2.50 per kilo wholesale, which one grower says is more than double the break-even price.

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Monday, March 24th, 2014 Business and finance, Kununurra Comments Off

Ord Valley: GM crop proposal

CSIRO is seeking public comment on a proposal to grow a  genetically-modified oil seed crop.

The organisation is trialling GM safflower at three eastern states sites, and wishes to establish a research crop near Kununurra.

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Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 Environment, Government Comments Off

Kununurra: No commercial rice trials

There were no commercial rice trials in the NT or the Ord Valley this season.

Rice blast. Image: flickr IRRI Images

Rice blast. Image: flickr IRRI Images

Ord River farmers are said to be nervous about rice blast disease.

NT farmers have had water shortages.

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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 Business and finance, Kununurra Comments Off

Kununurra’s history of foreign investment

A Chinese company is developing new farmland in the Ord Valley.

The ABC’s Tyson reflects on the history of foreign and immigrant investment in the Ord’s agriculture.

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Monday, December 9th, 2013 Kununurra Comments Off

Ord Valley: ‘Disastrous’ mango season

Mango production is down 70 to 90 percent this season.

Photo: Fir0002/Flagstaffotos

Photo: Fir0002/Flagstaffotos

Prices are high in Perth, where one shipment has already come in from Pakistan.

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Friday, November 1st, 2013 Business and finance Comments Off
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