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Rigging Doctor : I bet with better moisture retention in the soil, we might be able to harness better farming and feed more people. Why don’t more countries care about preserving their land? Oh yeah, they just want to win the next election and not actually do anything that will have a true long term result...

David Steer : And yet we are happy to call a sportsman “Australian of the year”. This man is the true jewel of the country.

Kyorisu : The government cannot be trusted to repair the environment.

PolskaWalczaca : 21 min. The best part. It takes 2 weeks to get it done. But, it takes the government 2 years to approve the paperwork. Then it's too late .......

Allegro Sotto : These people are heroes. Fighting governments who support multinational chemical companies is a gigantic task. I thank them from the bottom of my heart for their efforts to save this land from the fools.

Heli Iso-Aho : This is where taxpayers money should go to....storing moisture, building soils structure to get through dry periods in the land. Thank you for Mulloon Institute and Natural Sequence Farming - and Australian Story for showing the film. Will be supporting The Mulloon Institute work for sure :-)

Rona S : Like the guy says - the way it was before colonisation. Now they get it.

Piesy001 : I have watched for decades as the authorities kill willows along the Hunter river and other rivers around Maitland. As fishers we then watch the river and fishery degrade. Then they replace the willows with man made stone banks as they seem surprised that the banks eroding and the rivers getting shallower and more salty and degrading even for the farmers that pump the water for our farms. These are our experts. This is our policy. Good luck to these guys. Someday sense may lead.

John Doe : This same phenomenon of water retention and land rejuvenation was observed in the USA when beavers were reintroduced to parts of the country where they had been wiped out by fur trapping 100 years prior. The beavers build dams of wood and mud to create habitat they can live in and as in this documentary, the land could hold water again and desert became oasis. (edit) I was horrified by the other story in this documentary about the Bylong coal mine and KEPCO mining company. Unfortunately, it's a story that repeats itself in every country where big greed outweighs the powerless public.

Yash L : In India we call it check dams they works well in terms of slowing down water flow,helps ground water table up,all bio-diversity thrives around these little water bodies it’s a wonderful idea to implement it costs minimal too.

Anthony Triff : If governments were serious about the effects of so called climate change and global warming they would be replanting billions of trees worldwide...but no, they generate capital by taxing us all pretending that a reduction in greenhouse gases is somehow going to lower temperatures. That's why I beleive carbon taxes are a fraud.

Marc Moon : He’s right. We have diverted rain water from our roofs properties roads etc into the sea. No chance for water to seep into the ground

Jesse Campbell : Here in America the EPA would have shut this guy down and threatened to take his farm. Here in Minnesota they wouldn't even let us plant willow trees to slow the vast erosion being caused by a small river during periods of heavy rain and snow melt. Eventually that same erosion washed out a road lol. I cant even imagine what they would do if we wanted to build a small dam, probably send people with guns out to the property to make sure we dont.

Mark chapman : You mean we respect nature instead of exploiting it?

Delta Fox : I'd like to know which muppets gave a thumbs-down to the most inspiring story I've seen this year!

Captain America : You need to plant more trees too. The trees suck water from deep in the ground, to the surface. When the sun hits the tree leaves, they give off moisture, which produces clouds, and rain that falls back down. 10,000 years ago the Sahara desert used to be green, but the people living there deforested it, and it went from a humid climate, to a dry climate with no rain. People say that no trees will grow in the desert due to lack of rain, but at the same time, no rain will fall in the desert due to lack of trees and the transpiration cycle. What produces rain is cool dry air meeting warm moist air. If you have cool dry air passing over a landscape where there are little or no trees, there won't be enough moisture in the air to produce rain. You basically have cool dry air meeting warm dry air, which doesn't produce any rain. In the part of my state where we have an abundance of trees, droughts are rare, but if you go to the western part of my state where the land has been almost totally cleared of trees to grow wheat and soy beans, they have more droughts. We still have farming going on where I'm at, but more than half of the land is still forest and trees, with even a few bigfoots.

Big Gun : I've been on the Peter Andrews train since the first time I saw Peter on the abc many years ago. I bring his name & storey up when ever I can & some farmers a quite hostile to a towny giving advice about there land. But I'm happy to say I've had one land holder & his wife watch & read everything they could on Peter & are now implementing it on there own property.

C Fields : The USA could learn so much from this. The land is not for instant gratification.

Bald Wombat : These men are Heroes. I pray that this spreads to every corner of Australia. This gives hope for our land, people and the entire ecosystem. The value of this extends far beyond just farmers/farming.

ozwhistles : Not one mention of Bill Mollison who was a major pioneer this stuff. Water management is only a part of permaculture. How short our memories are? But glad to see it resurface after all this time. No one took any notice last time, and I don't imagine they will this time either.

TenaciousH44 : Don't just run training courses. Democratise this information. Upload a video series on how to do this to your land or something similar.

Kevin Byrne : These efforts at ecosystem restoration recall the World Bank's efforts to restore China's loess plateau -- an effort that was documented by John Liu in his film "The Lessons of the Loess Plateau" (2009), which is available on YouTube. In China, farming had exhausted the top soil, so the farmers adopted grazing, and the animals destroyed the plants that had once helped water to seep into the soil. Result: a once flourishing mix of forests and prairies was reduced to a moonscape. But the Chinese peasants built terraces and planted grasses and other plants, and gradually water returned to the land. No irrigation was necessary -- just prevent the run-off of rainwater.

Eco Geek : Baby boomers slowly waking up (too late) and pretending they invented what ecologists and environmentalists have known for half a century.

ginginite : Reed beds are important. You don't need to use willows, though – you can use native tree species instead.

mworld : My mother learnt about this decades ago. The same regeneration has been carried out on African farms where you slow down the water across the land and make it soak in.

carolyn Omm : Have been watching Peter Andrews efforts for years. Have implemented the principles in communities and halve acre blocks. Why this is so hard to understand by governing bodies is beyond me. Is it human nature to block progressive thinking and acting? Even when it is obvious not acting causes decline and suffering?

YouTubeSearch ToxicVaccines ToxicFluoride, HIV HOAX : Great work by these men!! 👍👍 The best solution is always to work WITH nature!

PAOLO RICCI : Sad to hear he passed away in August.... great man.

Rethink Science : Invest $50 billion to terraforming Australia is better than a triplicated nbn

Rodney Caupp : I have played in the mud all my life. I started trying to understand Geology and Hydrology at about the age of 5..., I remember clearly. I'm 68 now and I have done a couple of "stream works", along the way, stopping erosion and slowing the water down. I bought my present home 3 years ago and before the first spring weather had ended, I installed a couple of artificial aquifers in a dry spot, hoping for a similar result, to that seen in this video. Now I have Cat Tails, and Tree Frogs, and Birds and Butterflys in my postage stamp sized backyard. I did a similar creek in Tennessee and through the worst drought on record, the creek and pond stayed filled for the trees and wildlife in that dry wash holler. I LOVED this video. You Aussies are great. I have to confess, "I to planted a willow tree in the damp soil", and it is reaching over 4 meters in 2.5 years. In the Hydrosphere of this planet, plants are the most important functional part of that process, "the Hydrologic Cycle". No Trees..., we, and many species of plants and animals will be gone. Global warming is a farce. Screwing up the Land , the rivers and forests is what we have done best. Make the repairs, now, and the Hydrologic Cycle will air condition the entire planet, for all time.

Lost arrow : This is excellent and worthy work and all land owners should be encouraged to protect and re-wild their creeks. I would not plant willows though, go for natives even if the process takes a little longer.

actorzone : there are a lot of people who have saying for years that farmers have over cleared their properties and have been fobbed off, land holders have cleared to the river banks then watch over the years all the degradation of the soil, if i had my way no-one would be allowed to clear to the river banks closer than at least 100 meters of any natural creek or river or any watercourse no matter how small, clearing hill sides which is too steep to farm has also been cleared, why i ask? A farmer said to me he had to bring in bees to pollinate his crop, i said to him you have created the problem yourself by clearing the natural vegetation off your land then expect bees to come from "somewhere" and pollinate your crop, i came from the bush and most people i know of have not a clue about managing the environment, which includes well educated environmentalists and politicians as they have been brought up in the city and have never lived close to nature like i have which was practically in the bush, yet they are the ones who make the decisions about the bush, what a joke.

Journeymann : So do the complete opposite of what big govt recommends and you will live better.

Resplendent Moron : I can't seem to find the video now, but some years ago I saw a video about a strategy for de-desertification being experimented with in Israel. It basically boiled down to setting up ridges and furrows to shelter small vegetation from the wind, reducing evaporation, helping to retain rainwater. This led to fungus growing and absorbing and encapsulating salt, so it also effectively desalinated the soil. Anyhow, I didn't go through the whole process, just set up a little plot with a ridge like that in my dad's desert backyard in the US, and started piling leaves on it. That compost heap stayed moist all summer. It was full of 5 inch long grubs, and crawling with other invertebrates. The surrounding areas, even where leaves had been piled up, were dead. This is 30 miles from the nearest river, and a half mile from the nearest wash. And this isn't chaparral or merely kinda-dry terrain, this was actual desert. There are strategies that will work absolutely anywhere.

Machine Head : A couple of Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgreneen coined the term permaculture back in the 70's. Yet the Canberra farmers do not mention them, must have their own book.

Copia Permaculture : good story, fully support this method. I'm a little bit surprised there's no mention of PA Yeoman and his Keyline Design methods. Yeoman was an australian man who developed many of these techniques and refined them to a high degree over 40 years ago.

Mark-Leon Thorne : Extraordinary. We can turn this damage around.

John Dwyer : I really enjoyed this. I the US where I live, it was decided that it was a problem that the Mississippi river meandered. It made it difficult for large cargo vessels to navigate the delta and to enter the river going north. It was dredged and levee'd and at some point the river flowed straighter and shipping was improved YEA,.....uh.....not so yea. When the river meandered it slowed down and that allowed it to drop its' sediment at the end of the delta and the delta grew. The delta with all its marsh lands also protected cities from hurricanes and the storm surge that comes with them. When the river was straightened it flowed faster and now it not only didn't drop its sediment and grow the delta, it now picked up the silt and sediment that was already there and took it further out to sea and dropped it in deeper water, so the delta has been shrinking and cities like New Orleans don;t have the protection that they once had. The problem in the past has been engineers and governments both have seen nature like a set of Lego's that they can take apart and put together anyway they please and technically they had the ability to do it but not the understanding of the consequences.

Mini DK#9 : So the lesson here is don't let water run off your land without letting it soak into your aquifer .

Kathleen Beveridge : This is a beautiful story of the restoration of land. It's so VERY sad that there is such a struggle with laws and regulations within the government, for something that is so beneficial to the agriculture down under. Turning dry desolate land into a green thriving ecosystem is no easy task, but it is without doubt the correct path to be taking. I hope that more people understand this before it is too late to restore the land and the quality of life that it can bring. ANYTIME you restore the natural balance of land and the delicate ecosystem, it is the correct decision. Those that cannot or will not see the importance of this are only fooling themselves. We cannot go through life destroying the land and then wonder why it is not sustaining the people. We rip and tear at the land, with our high-rises, parking lots and such, until the land is battered bruised and broken. Then we stand back in disbelief and wonder how we got to the point of unsustainability. This is a no-brainer. We know what we must do and yet there is legislation that stops the restoration. Sadly, this is NOT just an Oz issue. This is happening EVERYWHERE!!! When will people see what we have done to the land? When will people decide that enough is enough?

Private Name withheld : And it all means nothing when the mining companies want your land..

Cascosintro : This’s very good, it totally help increase water supply and foods stock for a bigger Australia

Peter Rees : And at the same time we are still clearing vast acres of natural vegetation...

Bacon: not bad but overrated : The government should make it clear that they will provide no drought assistance in the future. What incentive to farmers have to prepare for droughts and other bad times, during the good times, when they know that they can farm irresponsibly because the government will come in and bail them out with public money whenever the going gets tough?

supercal333 : Looks like these guys are re-inventing design principles that fellow Australians P A Yeomans (keyline design system) and Bill Mollison (permaculture) came up with many years prior. They should look them up as their systems are probably further asking in their development.

quaddrix07 : THIS is Permaculture. It is regenerative agriculture. It is actually MORE than organic farming and complements it. Australia has blessed us by sharing this information all over the world. It is one of the ways we can adapt to climate change because we MUST HAVE: water security, food security and energy security. Bill Mollison is the founder of Permaculture. Geoff Lawton is probably the most famous with online courses. I studied and am certified in the Caribbean. Small Island Developing states close to the equator - the first to feel the effects of climate change who did nothing to cause it.

Gerald Pauschmann : Makes me sick when politicians who have no idea how to work the land when we have dedicated and knowledgeable men like Peter and Tony who know how to restore the land back to its original state. True AUSTRALIANS OF THE YEAR. RIP Tony Cootes

Bogdan Sikorski : been to that farm ca 10 years ago and during that time NO ONE TOOK ANY NOTICE OF HOW SUCCESSFUL IT HAS BEEN so this time it ain't gona be any diffrent cos the privy council cares not about Australia - the perfect penal colony 😈😈😈

Vicki Diana Coghlan : You reap what you sow!!!

Zac Newnham : You first need a creek, then you have to selectively plant vegetation and build a natural semi dam to slow the water flow enough to enable it to seep into neighbouring paddocks where the water helps the microbiology build and improve the soil right, if i was explaining it at the pub is that a fair assessment?