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Video Farms have distinctive features: producer video

TLF ID M019430

This is a video about action for sustainability on the Willalooka Pastoral Company's property in South Australia. Owner Thyne McGregor describes the natural characteristics of the extensive property in terms of its rainfall, soil quality and the Marcollat Watercourse. He tells how the property was originally cleared for pasture. Emphasising the importance of ecosystems for sustainability, he explains the operation of an 800 ha project to regenerate eight inter-connected wetlands along the watercourse. The video lasts 5:08 min and in the latter part McGregor discusses the critical importance of water for stock production and points out other ways the property is seeking to be sustainable. These include solar power generation; paddock mapping and rotational grazing; lift-up fences and gates; fertilising, where needed, utilising some non-traditional fertilisers; and a long-term plan to improve lower-yield grass species.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is an excellent agriculture resource for the Geography and the Design and technologies curriculums and for the Sustainability cross-curriculum priority. It has particular value for the year 9 Geography unit of study 'Biomes and food security', being especially relevant to content descriptions that refer to the distribution and characteristics of biomes, the human alteration of biomes to produce food, and the challenges to food production for Australia. The resource also has relevance for the year 5 geography content description about the influence of people on the environmental characteristics of Australian places.
  • In years 7 and 8, the video supports the year 7 Geography content description about how flows of water connect and affect places as the flows move through the environment and the years 7/8 content description in design and technologies about how food and fibre are produced in managed environments and how these can become more sustainable.
  • The resource offers a valuable agricultural context for the Sustainability cross-curriculum priority, especially for its organising idea that sustainable futures result from actions designed to preserve and/or restore the quality and uniqueness of environments. The Willalooka wetlands project is one of the biggest in South Australia. As seen in the video, the precinct has been fenced, weirs built to recreate natural flows and native vegetation has either been resown or is naturally generating.
Year level

5; 6; 7; 8; 9

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