Super 8, 13 mins, 2007
'The Mallee' is the name given to the arid north west corner of Victoria.
Ironically, given it is the most arid part of the state, 'The Mallee'
is also a major food bowl in Australia due to massive irrigation schemes,
the dry climate and well draining sandy soil. It has long been an area
of big government projects and schemes: it has a history of being environmentally
stretched. There are also, however, a number of large national parks in
the Mallee, mostly in areas of ancient sand dunes that wouldn't pay development.
These arrid parks with there 'mallee-formed' multi trunked stunted Eucalypts,
gnarled native cyprus tree and other scrub species have a beauty and fascination
that is quite unique.