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The Wooleen Way: Renewing an Australian resource
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David Pollock
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The Wooleen Way: Renewing an Australian resource

David Pollock


9781925849257

Scribe Publications


Biography;
Human geography;
Conservation of the environment;
Social impact of environmental issues;
Animal husbandry;
Advocate - Australian Biography


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384 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- David Pollock is a maverick. In this part-memoir, part-dissertation he confronts a century of pastoral practices that have severely degraded large tracts of Western Australia, known as the Southern Rangelands. Change is coming... we hope. Craig Kirchner

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A remarkable memoir detailing a heroic and unswerving commitment to renew the severely degraded land on Wooleen, a massive pastoral property in Western Australia's southern rangelands.

The outback conjures many images that the Australian psyche is built upon. Its grand vistas of sweeping dusty plains and its evocation of a tough pioneering spirit form the foundation of our prosperous culture. But these romantic visions often hide the stark environmental, economic, and social problems that have inadvertently been left in the wake of our collective past.

Through retelling the struggle of his family amid droughts, financial ruin, depression, and death, David Pollock exposes the modern-day realities of managing a remote outback station. Forced by a sense of moral responsibility, he set out on an uncharted course to restore the 153,000 hectares of degraded leasehold land that he felt he was obliged to manage on behalf of the Australian people. Then, just at the point when that course seemed certain to fail, the project was saved by the generosity and faith of everyday Australians. This is an urgent story of political irresponsibility, bureaucratic obstinacy, industrial monopolisation, and, above all, ecological illiteracy in a vast segment of the Australian continent. It is a familiar story of overexploitation. Yet it is also a story of the extraordinary ability of the natural environment to repair itself, given the chance.

After over a decade of his hard-won insights, Pollock outlines in The Wooleen Way a specific and comprehensive plan to reverse the ecological damage done to the pastoral resource since European colonisation. He also emphasises the economic and social necessity of carrying it out, and of curbing the conquering human spirit so that it aligns with the subtle power of the natural landscape.

'The astonishing story of reviving the oldest land on Earth. The Wooleen Way is a revelation.' -Tim Flannery

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By:   David Pollock
Imprint:   Scribe Publications
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 233mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   542g
ISBN:   9781925849257
ISBN 10:   1925849252
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David Pollock is a second-generation pastoralist from Wooleen Station in the Murchison region of Western Australia. He took over the 153,000-hectare property when he was 27, and was soon joined by his now wife Frances as they embarked on a quest to transform Wooleen into a sustainable grazing enterprise. They run a station-stay tourism business to help pay for repairing the ecological damage caused by historic overgrazing, and have appeared on the ABC TV's Australian Story program four times. David loves Frances, palatable perennial grass, Wooleen, their four kelpies, and cows. In that order.

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