Another day, another adventure into the heart of Australia. This time, the Ninja Turtle took a trip along the Murray River.
The Murray is Australia’s longest river, commencing in the Australian Alps and traversing three states – NSW, VIC and SA before reaching Lake Alexandrina, where it empties into the Indian Ocean. The first explorer who traversed the Murray was the celebrated Captain Charles Sturt. The significance of the Murray cannot be understated – it is a water source exploited for livestock and agriculture, a popular destination tourism and recreation, and of course, a natural habitat for native wildlife.
On the way down south, the route took them through Jervois. Many early settlers sought valuable land along the Murray for agriculture and animal husbandry – the history of cattle farming in Jervois goes back a couple of hundred years. Only a few years ago, this whole stretch of flatland were emerald green pastures, irrigated with water from the Murray and dotted with dairy cows.
Sadly, South Australia suffered a drought in 2008/2009, which saw the government pressuring the dairy farmers into selling back their water rights. Today, little remains of what used to be a thriving dairy industry, and much has turned into scorched and unproductive land.
Next, they took a ferry across the Narrows at Narrung – a choppy opening between Lake Alexandrina and Lake Albert, to reach Raukkan.
David Who? you say… Well, you may better know him as this man:
Some quick facts about David Unaipon:
Acknowledging the traditional landowners is an important step to reconciliation for past wrongs, and it is with the hope of reaching a better mutual understanding, that Australia shall truly be able to progress.