On the junction of the Murray and Darling Rivers, the Barkindji Maraura Elders Environment Team are re-familiarising themselves with their 'country' as a living museum.
It is hot and windy. On the banks of the rivers it is lush and green but just a little way away their lake, Fletcher's Lake, is dry and salinated.
But this is territory that has a vibrant history for the Barkindji people. The team, known as BMEET, know exactly where to find the artefacts that show their connection. Stone tools lie buried in the sand or hide under bushes.
All round us sit irrigation farms—wine and table grapes, fruit and almond trees—and surrounding them, the dry scrub that reaches towards the continent’s centre.
In the Hot Summer Land project RN Earshot and ABC Open teamed up to ask our audience—you—to paint us a word picture of how your landscape changed over the three months of summer.
You posted over 200 evocative stories from around the country. Some of these were chosen to be part of a three part series, tracking the impact of summer as we lived it.
Stories in this program are from:
Liz Yelland - Milang Jetty, New Year's Eve - if these boards could talk.
Oliver Coulter - The Weathermen
Please note: the program refers to the price of water in gigalitres. Water is however sold in megalitres and the prices mentioned refer to the megalitre price.
Broadcast: Wed 20 Apr 2016, 11:05am
Dr Andrew Watkins
Supervisor, Climate Prediction Services at the Bureau of Meteorology
BMEET Programs Manager
Mr Howard Jones
Chair of Murray Darling Wetlands Working Group Ltd. Former member of the Board of Western Murray Irrigation. Member of Community Reference Committee to The Living Murray. Currently a member of The Basin Community Committee No 2.
IAS Projects Manager at BMEET
BMEET ranger and media officer
Farmer at El Kantara, near Longreach, Queensland
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