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Vietnamese farm labourers earmarked to work in Australia two years ago will arrive in late 2024

This has been a long time coming.....The initial agreement started before March 2022

Due to newspapers putting the story behind a firewall, the news/story is somewhat limited......But at least wenow know that the Vietnamese worker will arrive late in 2024.
Skilled or unskilled....apparently the current government has no clue.
There is an old saying, pretty much anywhere in the world, (but right now in Australia) it never rains but it Pours.....the rainfall figures for the Nullarbor Plains and the Great Victorian Desert are about to escalate.....significantly !!

(Also see Great Victorian Desert by Australian Geographic)

To the extent that road traffic will be severely will any other 'traffic' as well.....landing strips will not be viable sor some time

"" Australia’s positioning has created prime conditions for an abundance of deserts as multiple factors converge to create arid climates. In the subtropics, a belt of high pressure exists globally at about latitude 30 degrees north and south – the latter runs across Western Australia and South Australia and through the Great Victoria Desert. That pressure creates dry conditions that are carried by a general easterly flow that spreads the arid landscape through the Northern Territory and northern Western Australia. Then, locked away from the coast, these desert areas are separated from moisture sources.""



Australian shepherd Viking beat 19,000 other dogs from around the world to claim the title of Best in Show.(Reuters: Phil Noble)


Station Overseer Craig Chandler even took to the kayak to rescue the station's chickens, paddling the poultry to to keep tonight's tea, dry and healthy






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Australia-born Queen Mary of Denmark painted by Ralph Heimans in 2018.(Supplied: National Portrait Gallery of Australia)

English actor Dame Judi Dench's 2018 portrait by Ralph Heimans.(Supplied: National Portrait Gallery of Australia)


Nick and Lou Gebert had big plans when they first came across the old table grape growing property.(ABC Broken Hill: Lily McCure)

The Geberts harvest approximately 1.3 million watermelons per season.

Watermelons of the outback​

Horticultural farming may not be the first type of agricultural operation that springs to mind in Far West NSW.

But around the river township of Menindee, with its irrigation potential and warm, dry climate, the region has long been home to fruit, vegetable and citrus growers.

"It's a great place to be and it's a very productive area to grow," Ms Gebert said.

A family stand under a tree and smile

Nick and Lou Gebert, along with their three kids Ava, Alfie and Layla, moved from Wentworth to Menindee.(Supplied: Lou Gebert )
The Geberts have taken on growing enough watermelons to supply one watermelon per 20 people in Australia, equivalent to approximately 1.3 million per season.

"It's producing great quality watermelons that yield well," Mr Gebert said.

"The climate in Menindee is a very good growing climate.

"We saw an opportunity … [and] we thought we'd give it a go."

I am no avid fan of sci fi...or usually anything remotely close to it..... But, if your blood pressure etc is not raised by the sight of this, maybe you should get a checkup. Incredible is one word that comes close. Look Objectively.

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The trailer above is from the first part of the mega movie, released in November 2021 I think.

Below is the trailer from the newly release chapter two, premiered in cinemas 1 March 2024.


Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre

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A Tragic Symphony of Brilliance
Henry Lawson (1867–1922), the celebrated Australian writer and bush poet, lived a life marked by both brilliance and tragedy. Born on June 17, 1867, in Grenfell, New South Wales, he was the eldest of four surviving children. His father, Niels Hertzberg Larsen, a Norwegian-born miner, arrived in Melbourne during the gold rush. Lawson's mother, Louisa Albury, was an imaginative and brilliant storyteller who played a significant role in women's movements.
However, a profound sadness lay beneath the surface of Lawson's literary achievements. His life was a tapestry woven with threads of hardship, loneliness, and personal struggles.
The Lawsons moved frequently as they followed the gold rush, and their existence remained precarious. The selection they settled on was only marginally productive. With his father often absent, Louisa was lonely and vulnerable. Responsibility fell heavily on young Henry's shoulders, intensifying his reclusiveness and introversion. He felt different from others, perpetually cut off from them.
Lawson attended school at Eurunderee from 2 October 1876 but experienced an ear infection around this time. It left him with partial deafness, and by the age of fourteen, he had lost his hearing entirely.
Outside the family, Lawson became the target of juvenile ridicule and cruelty. He had little opportunity for boyhood friendship and struggled to connect with others. His loneliness and sense of being an outsider haunted him throughout his life.
Lawson suffered from depression and alcoholism. His deafness added to his isolation. He faced repeated public drunkenness and spent time in Darlinghurst Gaol between 1905 and 1910 for failing to pay child support.
Lawson's marriage to Bertha was tumultuous. His physical abuse of her cast a dark shadow over their relationship. Despite his creative decline and personal demons, he continued to write until he died in Sydney at the age of fifty-five.
Despite his struggles, Lawson's impact on Australian literature remains profound. Alongside his contemporary Banjo Paterson, he is considered one of the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period.
His realistic portrayals of bush life and his ability to capture the essence of the Australian spirit endure as a testament to his talent.
Ultimately, Henry Lawson's life was a tragic symphony of brilliance, loneliness, and inner turmoil—a legacy that continues to resonate through his timeless works.
After he died in 1922 following a cerebral haemorrhage, Lawson became the first Australian writer to be granted a state funeral.
Photo: SLNSW
#henrylawson #australian #historynerd #ourstories
Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre

Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre
Nat Buchanan – A Forgotten Legend – at Walcha, northern New South Wales and Newcastle Waters in the Northern Territory
Buried in the Walcha General Cemetery, and signposted as you enter the town, is Nat Buchanan – as close to a genuine legend as this country ever produced. He was the great “Overlander” – a man with an uncanny sense of direction and finely honed bush skills, who opened up western Queensland to European settlement and drove cattle across from Queensland into the Northern Territory and the Kimberley region of Western Australia.
Look at the achievements: “the first European to cross the Barkly Tablelands from east to west, and first to take a large herd of breeding cattle from Queensland to the Top End of the Northern Territory. Nat created a droving record when he supervised the movement of 20,000 head of cattle over this route. He established the first station in the Victoria River District of the Northern Territory - Wave Hill.
"Other firsts - cattle to the East Kimberley in West Australia, to stock Ord River Downs; to cross the Murranji country with men and stock; to take cattle overland for the East Kimberley District to the Murchison River in WA; first European to cross the Tanami Desert from Tennant Creek in the NT to Sturt Creek in WA.”
I love the claim by the Bulletin on 9 July 1881 that “he perhaps helped to settle more new country than any other man in Australia”.
Nat Buchanan really was one of the legends of the Australian bush during the late 19th century. Here is an abridged version of his entry in the Australian Dictionary of Biography:
Nathaniel (Nat) Buchanan (1826-1901), pastoralist and explorer, was born near Dublin. He arrived in Sydney in January 1837 and the family settled at Rimbanda in New England in 1839.
In 1859 he joined the explorer, William Landsborough, and they set out from Rockhampton to look for grazing land. In 1860 they reached their promised land: 1500 sq. miles (3885 km²) on the Thomson River. They secured it in 1863 when Nat was sent as first manager and partner in the Landsborough River Co. to pioneer Bowen Downs station. A few months earlier he had led a group of men to blaze a stock route from Port Denison (Bowen) to the runs, three hundred miles (483 km) inland.
Nat continued to make excursions into the country north and west of Bowen Downs. His reputation as a bushman was already established and his sense of direction and locality was unrivalled, but he left no account of his journeys and hardly more of his activities as manager of Bowen Downs.
Nat was caught up in the renewed optimism of the 1870s when a run of good seasons sent pastoralists into the far western fringes of Queensland. As an experienced explorer and drover in the area west of the Georgina, Nat was given contracts to pilot cattle from Burketown to the head of that river. In 1877 he and Sam Croker left Rocklands station to cross the Barkly Tableland and ride on to the Overland Telegraph Line. Nat's next trip in 1878 was the famed first stocking of Glencoe station in the Northern Territory: 1200 cattle from Aramac in Queensland to the Adelaide River with no predefined route and no settlement for a thousand miles (1609 km).
The overlanders of the 1880s followed Nat's route from Burketown to the McArthur River, to the Roper and on to Katherine. Nat himself retraced his steps to Glencoe with 20,000 cattle for Charles Fisher in 1880.
He was first to take cattle into the Kimberley, crossing the Victoria River country with 4000 head to stock the Ord River station in 1883. This was the route used by gold seekers flocking to the Kimberley fields in 1886.
Nat and the Gordon brothers took up Wave Hill on the Victoria River in 1883, one of the first stations established west of the Telegraph Line, in rich but remote cattle country; their nearest neighbour was two hundred miles (321 km) away.
At 70 he made his last big expedition, exploring land between Tennant's Creek and Sturt Creek in an effort to find a route from the Barkly Tableland to Western Australia.
Nat made other shorter trips, searching for mica east of Tanami and exploring south of Hooker's Creek until in 1899, acting on doctor's orders to leave the area, he bought Kenmuir, a farm on Dungowan Creek near Tamworth. There twenty-five acres (10 ha) of lucerne kept him active until he died on 23 September 1901, survived by his wife and son.
Nat became a legend well before his death, for his feats of droving, his bushcraft and especially his peculiar powers of observation … Although, as claimed by the Bulletin, 9 July 1881, he perhaps helped to settle more new country than any other man in Australia, he died with almost none in his possession.
Check out Newcastle Waters - for more information about this remarkable Australian.
Newcastle Waters, NT - Aussie Towns

Newcastle Waters, NT - Aussie Towns

Lake Eyre Yacht've gotta be joking....No we're not !

Take a look at just exactly where Lake Eyre is among the hottest, driest areas on earth

Only in Australia.


heavy, HEAVY rain in Australia's Top End.

It's probably raining on The Rock.....

I think this is a good place to link one of my favorite youtube channels, <an australian political satire channel i was asked to remove the link to due to profanity that is acceptable to youtube, even for monetization, but not to the forum>


Bit overkill I think (removing the chan), but ok. Will stick to the rules ;)

PS: @Condobloke the chan is still in your quote
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Quite funny....but has a policy re language....we have 13 year olds visit this site.

I'll get you take it down please, @blunix
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Actually a rule

...likely to offend, contains adult or objectionable content,

from the Terms and Rules.


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