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European settlement in Byron Bay

from the documentary The Battle for Byron (PG)

The first European settlers in Byron Bay cut the 1,000-year-old cedars. They then farmed, and fished out the whales before moving to a more environmentally friendly attitude.

Signs of life

from the documentary The Changing Face of Australia (G)

In 1946 on the low hill plains west of the Flinders Ranges, geologist Reg Sprigg made one of the most important fossil discoveries of the century. As he retraces his steps back across a hillside …

Nancy Hillier – Botany resident

from the documentary Port Botany: A Planning Dilemma (G)

Botany resident and member of the Botany Independent Action Group Nancy Hillier reflects on her childhood growing up in a ‘child’s paradise’ in the 1930s harbour suburb. The impact of growing industry and a …

Environmental impacts

from the documentary Port Botany: A Planning Dilemma (G)

Bird lover and ornithologist John Waugh talks about the abundance of birdlife in the Towra wetland area of Botany Bay. Bernie Clarke from the Botany Bay Planning and Protection Council talks about the impact of …

Jobs versus environment

from the documentary Shoalwater: Up For Grabs (PG)

Local businessman Steve Bishopric, boating down a river with Peter Garrett, suggests ecotourism as a solution.

‘You run like a blackfella!’

from the feature film Storm Boy (G)

While his father takes a catch of fish to sell in town, Mike (Greg Rowe) discovers some illegal hunters shooting birds. An Aboriginal stranger, Fingerbone Bill (David Gulpilil), drives them away with a warning shot …

‘Wild things should be free’

from the feature film Storm Boy (G)

Mike (Greg Rowe) is overjoyed when Mr Percival, his pet pelican, returns after being set free.

‘Does this country belong to him?’

from the feature film Storm Boy (G)

Mike (Greg Rowe) and his father (Peter Cummins) go to warn Fingerbone Bill (David Gulpilil) that trouble is brewing. Bill is not supposed to be living on a state reserve, and the ranger wants to …

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