While in the Top End I came across a number of cattle properties which were diversifying into tourism. One of these was Woolner Station, where the pastoralists were using off-season mustering helicopters as observation platforms.
Growing up in the bush I’ve always enjoyed doing stories on wildlife. In this case the story was about some unusual pig-nosed turtles, something I had never come across before.
In 1986 Pope John Paul II visited Australia. My colleague Phil Smith got the job of covering the Pope’s visit to Darwin while I was sent to Alice Springs to cover his visit to the Centre.
Along the western border of Kakadu National Park lies Kapalga Station, in 1986, a research facility for the CSIRO.
While the original section of Kakadu National Park had been granted World heritage listing, it didn’t stop the 1986/87 debate over the listing of stage 2 of the park. Probably the most famous quote came from then Minister for Mining and Energy, Gareth Evans when he described it as “clapped out buffalo country. By the […]
On 16 February 1983, more than 180 fires fanned by winds of up to 110km per hour (68 mph) caused widespread destruction across the states of Victoria and South Australia. According to Wikipedia, the fires were the deadliest in Australian history, until the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009. In Victoria, 47 people died, while in […]
While I like my fishing, and in particular barramundi fishing, this was under threat in 1986 with a disease running rampant through top end fish stocks. The disease was call red-spot, or more accurately by the scientists, Epizootic ulcerative syndrome, and concern was raised that it may affect both commercial and amateur stocks, as well […]
In 1986, the Senate Standing Committee on Natural Resources came to do a personal inspection of Kakadu National Park, with the view to making a recommendation on mining in the park. Their recommendation saw the then Federal Cabinet decide mining could go ahead in the controversial stage 3 of Kakadu National Park. Gold and platinum […]
While I spent a lot of time in Kakadu National Park, and while Kakadu is the best known park in the Top End, I always had a soft spot for Litchfield National Park.
730 Report on High Temperature Incinerator from Rae Allen on Vimeo. Mark Record ID 40448 Branch DAR Type SEGMENT Source ABC NEWS/CAFF Program Title 7.30 REPORT Segment Title CHEMICAL INCINERATOR Date of Transmission 09-Jul-1986 Date of Recording Restrictions CHECK COPYRIGHT Location DARWIN,NT,AUSTRALIA TENNANT CREEK,NT,AUSTRALIA Duration 7.50 Summary IV VARIOUS PEOPLE ABOUT ASPECTS OF HIGH TEMPERATURE […]