'The cry of the Coorong' and 'In the tracks of Goyder'

ABC Radio National, 2007
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The 2 x 50 minute documentaries detailed below, both broadcast on ABC Radio National, explore a wide range of issues relating to sustainable agriculture, use of water resources, environmental policy, environmental history, and the nature of human relationships with landscape. The author presented a paper based on these programs at the recent Symposium on Environmental Politics and Conflict in an Age of Digital Media at the University of Tasmania, 17-18 November 2011. 1. The cry of the Coorong The Coorong is one of Australia's most fragile wetlands - a narrow lagoon that runs parallel to the South Australian coast a couple of hours' drive south of Adelaide. The setting for Colin Thiele's famous story Storm Boy, it's been home to vast numbers of water birds. But now, the Coorong is choking to death. The Cry of the Coorong is a meditation on the meaning of landscapes and how they call to us. Broadcast: Saturday 6 December 2008 12:00AM (view full episode) http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/radioeye/the-cry-of-the-coorong/3179722 2. In the tracks of Goyder The Goyder Line is a South Australian icon. It runs across the mid-north of the state from the fringes of the Nullarbor all the way to the Victorian border. South of the line there's enough rainfall to grow wheat; north of the line rains become too unreliable. In dry years, you can see the line in the landscape, where the saltbush ends and the mallee begins. It's a natural boundary which marks the limits of sustainable agriculture. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/hindsight/in-the-tracks-of-goyder/3231614
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