A trip to Coleambally

Work took me out west this week.

Coleambally is the town that the Australian rice industry built. More recently it has been in the news because the government has bought more than 5% of the water licensed to farmers in the area. The chairman of the irrigation authority drew attention to the issue by offering to sell all of the water for $3.5 billion.

Below is an area of about 50 acres that had been affected by salinity on a former rice farm. The landholder is planning to plant saltbush to help drain the salt back into the ground.