unique indigenous food orchards on the way …

I got a mention from an interview I did on ABC Rural about our land-use future in the Tropics. Well worth a read how a new Industry will use new methods of land use we call Savannah Enrichment. The WA Government recognizes the future of horticulture using indigenous species with immense prospects.

The big advantage in the case outlined here, is to use land which is a Water Reserve for the town of Broome. No land clearing on a large scale. The Broome region is at the Western end of the Savannah Way, a belt of woodlands that stretches right across the north of Australia between the desert regions to the south and the mountains, tablelands and rainforests to the north:

Unique land deal near Broome paves way for major Kakadu plum plantation

ABC Rural Mon Dec 05 15:16:28 EST 2016


The Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation intends to plant gubinge trees near Broome, WA.

ABC Rural: Matt Brann

A major plantation of Kakadu plum trees, also known as gubinge, is set to be established on the outskirts of Broome thanks to a unique land deal between the WA Government and a local Aboriginal corporation.

More than 600 hectares of State Government land, will be leased at no cost to the Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation (MAC) to establish a native fruit tree orchard.

Water Minister Mia Davies said this was the first lease of its kind to be signed by the Water Corporation.

“I’ve asked the Water Corporation to identify opportunities for them to go beyond compliance, so being a good community member, and this partnership with MAC will be a step towards creating employment, economic, environmental and social benefits for Aboriginal people,” Ms Davies said.

“The project paves the way for a new industry producing native foods, using a blend of traditional and modern horticulture techniques that are chemical free, water efficient and environmentally sustainable.”

Gubinge trees to be planted first

Chief executive of MAC, Neil Gower, said a number of Indigenous plants were being considered for the site, but gubinge trees would be planted first.

He said it would not be a traditional orchard, with the gubinge trees being planted in a style known as savannah enrichment.

“We plan to be environmentally sensitive in terms of how we develop the orchard,” he said.

“We’ll be using a method called savannah enrichment, which is basically planting the native trees within the existing bush, of which there’s a number of advantages to doing that, especially around pollination.

“There is however some fire risk in doing that and we will need to make sure there are fire breaks in place before we start any mass plantings.”

Mr Gower said the site could become Australia’s biggest commercial gubinge plantation, but a lot of marketing, research and development was still needed.

“While others may be rushing in [to the gubinge industry], we’re treading carefully,” Mr Gower said.

“And we want to do the acceptable thing by the native title groups across northern Australia, who we’ll potentially be going into partnership with when we look at a processing plant.

“There’s not enough fruit in the wild harvest [to meet demand] and so this is why we’re looking to plant gubinge trees en masse through the savannah enrichment style, to create the tonnage and potentially meet the demands in the next two to three years.”

If all goes to plan, about 10,000 fruit trees, mostly gubinge, will be planted on the site by early 2018.

The WA Government said the land would be leased to MAC at no cost for the first several years, and the agreement will be revisited once the operation becomes commercially viable.

Commercial opportunities for various bush tucker plants

Tom Harley, a native tree consultant to MAC, said the commercial opportunities for a large-scale native orchard were huge.

He said there was growing demand for gubinge, but also other local plants such as pindan walnut, wild mango and native pear.

“The commercialisation of these plants has been very difficult in the past, but that’s changing, and there are companies like Ernst & Young that are looking at various investments [like this],” he said.

“I’ve been talking to some people in the east who are very interested in doing ethical, Indigenous investments.

“We feel that with pindan walnut, when it opens commercially, there’s no holding back — it [demand] could be enormous.”

Terminalia kumpaja (Pindan Walnut)

Terminalia cunninghamii (Pindan Walnut)

Terminalia ferdinandiana (Gubinge, or Kakadu Plum)

These species have extraordinary health benefits, and the ‘Plum’ can be an alternative to chemical preservatives in food. Investigative work is still being carried on at a number of Australian Universities.

Related ABC Rural stories:

Qantas adds Kakadu Plum to its menu

Kakadu plum harvest underway in remote Indigenous community

Food company adds Kakadu plum to improve shelf-life of meals

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moisture, streaming across Australia …

Watch all this cloud stream across Australia from a warm NEIndian Ocean, the last rites of the 2015/16 El Nino, as the last of the warmer Pacific Ocean is pushed through the Indonesian archipelago by the new cold stream pushing across the Pacific.

This may cause a La Nina at some later stage. Meanwhile the rain has started, and reached the desert gold mining town of Telfer. Everywhere except Broome! It’s at least trying, unlike last years very poor rainfall result, despite a similar warm Indian Ocean. Great weather though, 25C to 31C, and a cooling drizzle.

That link is a new satellite product from BoM, is a satellite image movie and high resolution. Well worth a look.

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win 100 million to lose 350 million … mad Greens

The Greens have now caused the undoing of the only major environmental work in decades begun by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott. This includes several ongoing projects ongoing here in Broome, planting thousands of trees.

This post sets out the mad Green agenda very well, to pay for their pet scams!

The Greens last week boasted they had forced the Turnbull Government to pay $100 million more for a green project – Landcare.

A win for the environment, they claimed:

Farmers are breathing a sigh of relief after an eleventh-hour deal between the government and the Greens secured a 15 per cent tax rate for backpackers…

The last-minute deal brokered on the year’s final parliamentary sitting day will allow backpackers to keep 65 per cent of their superannuation at a cost of $55 million and includes a $100 million boost to Landcare projects….

‘[T]here is an additional 100m for Landcare, which we are proud of,’ Senator Di Natale told Sky News…

‘We are proud of this because it is a win for farmers, a win for the environment, and ensures we’ve got some certainty’ he said.

But today:

Tony Abbott’s Green Army will reportedly be dumped in the upcoming mid-year budget review, helping to fund a $100 million investment in Landcare as part of a backpacker tax deal with the Greens.

The army was an election promise of the former prime minister aimed at creating a force of young unemployed people to work on conservation projects.

But that was an Abbott idea, so the Greens would hate it on principle.

So now, another infuriating go at finding funds for environmental rehabilitation, something the Greens don’t care about. They would rather waste money on renewable energy! Green losers indeed.

Below, some Green Army, Green Corp, and Work for Dole, all finishing up, due to Green follies.

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Green garbage …

In the name of saving the environment, thousands of green activists fighting to stop the Dakota Access pipeline are making a huge mess.

Those familiar with the camps near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, increasingly are distressed over the pits of human waste and garbage pockmarking the formerly pristine prairie revered by the Standing Rock Sioux as sacred ancestral land.

Rob Keller, spokesman for the Morton County Sheriff’s Department, said the protesters are “saying one thing and doing another” when it comes to safeguarding the environment.

“We’ve seen pictures of trenches and the garbage thrown in there. So that’s protecting the land?” Mr. Keller said. “And then the snow came in, and I’m sure it’s just a muddy mess now, because that’s river-bottom water, which is silt. It will be a mess.” […]

Who could have seen this coming. Misguided green zealots, leaving a nightmare for others to clean up after them. It was always the same at Obama rally’s too. Not forgetting Occupy Democrats, many of the same activists. All this based on a false meme that NG pipelines will impact the region’s aquifers. I’d say the activists are doing that themselves. Continue reading

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hottest western region … Pilbara

Marble Bar is a small town, often the hottest recorded temperatures in Western Australia, yet the environment manages superbly. Featuring many rocky ranges and spinifex covered slopes, before finding wattles, gum trees and others in the gullies.

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the resilience of coral reefs …

The bleaching and occasional death of coral reefs, surprisingly increases the diversity of invertebrates, says this paper posted at co2science:

How Reef Invertebrate Diversity Responds to Coral Mortality
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Paper Reviewed
Nelson, H.R., Kuempel, C.D. and Altieri, A.H. 2016. The resilience of reef invertebrate biodiversity to coral mortality. Ecosphere 7: e139.

In their recent Ecosphere paper, Nelson et al. (2016) write that what they call foundation species “provide many important ecosystem functions including the provision of habitat for diverse communities.” However, they go on to say that in the case of corals, which create reef habitats that are “hotspots for biodiversity,” the periodic degradation and mortality of corals might possibly “have the potential to compromise these roles.”

To learn more about this concern, the three researchers went on to “examine the resilience of invertebrate abundance and biodiversity on reefs following a recent coral mass mortality event on the Caribbean coast of Panama.” These efforts revealed that (1) “dead coral habitats support invertebrate assemblages that can be more diverse and abundant than live coral habitats,” and that (2) “coral habitat (whether live or dead) in turn supports higher diversity and abundance than structurally simple sand areas without coral.”

In light of these observable facts, Nelsen et al. consequently conclude that (3) “the biodiversity-sustaining function of reefs has the potential to persist following coral disturbance at the scale of entire reefs,” which also leads them to conclude that (4) “some metrics of community structure are therefore resilient to events of foundation species mortality.”

This shows that the scares are unfounded. Jim Steele, Environmental Scientist has this to say about the ridiculous scares: […]

There are 4 widespread misconceptions about bleaching propagated by tabloid media hyping climate doom and researchers like Hoegh-Guldberg. To clarify:

1      Bleaching is not always driven by warming temperatures

2      Bleaching is not responsible for most coral mortality.

3      Coral can rapidly respond to disturbances and replace lost cover within a decade or less.

4      Bleaching, whether or not it results in coral mortality, is part of a natural selection process from which better-adapted populations emerge. […]

Go and read his complete article at his site here. where he fully explains the reasoning behind the science of coral reefs.

It’s long past time that the media actually does some fact checking instead of being like lost sheep with activist press releases. I’m looking at you in particular, Guardian, Fairfax and ABC editors!

Jim Steele is the author of the book “Landscapes & Cycles: An Environmental Journey to Climate Skepticism”. and a regular contributor to No1 science blog WUWT including this item on how coral reefs regulate pH.

Update, more on pH of Queensland island reef systems:

Six Months of Natural pH Fluctuations on the Heron Island Reef Flat (30 November 2016)
Until natural variability is properly replicated in OA experiments, the response of marine life to future declines in oceanic pH must be taken with a large grain of salt…

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awkward Green facts …

Dr John Ray shows his distaste for the Green Agenda!

Brainless Greenies again

I quite agree, but as usual, ignore the evidence is their motif, if it doesn’t fit the agenda. More damning evidence here from Dr Ray at Greenie Watch:

The facts about wind power are more awkward than the Green/Left will admit

Christopher Booker

I must apologise for having last week mistakenly reported that, despite the drive of the US in the Obama years to build ever more heavily subsidised wind and solar farms, the entire contribution of wind and solar to US electricity consumption is still only “less than 14 percent”.

Foolishly, I cited that figure only after a quick internet trawl. where it is quoted on various websites, including Wikipedia. Only when I subsequently referred to a more reliable source did I find that the figure was in fact absurdly exaggerated. All the US was actually getting last year for all the billions of dollars it has spent on wind and solar farms was just 5.4 percent of its electricity. Most of the rest of course came from those CO2-emitting, “planet-destroying” fossil fuels that Obama was so keen to see disappear.

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So how does this compare with the position here in England, where we are continually told that wind and solar are now providing ever more of our own power? The official headline figures do not separate England, where most of us live, from the rest of the UK. But thanks to some very clever detective work by Paul Homewood on his Not A Lot Of People Know That blog, we can see that the English figures are in fact strikingly similar to those for the US. The contribution of English onshore wind and solar farms to electricity used in England amounted last year to just 5.3 percent.

That intermittently generated by all the thousands of wind turbines spread across the English countryside was just 2.4 percent: rather less than that fed into the grid by a single medium-size gas-fired power station like that recently opened at Carrington outside Manchester – which, thanks to the “carbon tax” and the Climate Change Act, could be the last we ever see built. There’s another very uncomfortable fact you will never see quoted on Wikipedia.


Then here in Australia,

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4 WAYS TO TAKE DOWN ILLEGAL DRONES — Utopia – you are standing in it!

via 4 WAYS TO TAKE DOWN ILLEGAL DRONES — Utopia – you are standing in it!

Droned, or not to drone.

The miniaturization of drones is where it really gets interesting. You can use these things anywhere, put them anyplace, and the target will never even know they’re being watched.

by Nicholas West As drone expert, P.W. Singer said about microdrones, “At this point, it doesn’t really matter if you are against the technology, because …


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wide open space … SE Kimberley

Wide open spaces where the Tanami Desert meets the Great Sandy Desert. Spinifex grasses are the most common, and a lake system of fresh to salt water ranging from full to dry as the seasons are extremely variable. Wild horses outnumber cattle and camels, with mustering on occasions making those numbers variable.

A smattering of Ghost Gums and Wattles make up the few woodlands in the region. The area is the home of the indigenous Communities of Balgo, Mulan and Bililuna.

Click to enlarge for a full size image:

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quality recreation time … Swan River, Perth

My recent Perth visit took me to the upper reaches of the Swan River in the Perth suburbs around Bassendean. Away from the touristy destinations of the Swan River in the city. Stars Mr Rocky and his little friend, Precious and son Buddy, little fluffy bundles of happiness.

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