7:30pm – Sunday, September 23 on ABC1
Our Great Southern Land – Australia – is home to an amazing array of scenery – from the top of the Snowy Mountains to the tropical wilds of the Gulf of Carpentaria, to the irrigated farms of the Murray Darling Basin, the red heart of Uluru and to the ancient forests of Tasmania. In this new ABC series, Professor Steve Simpson takes us on a journey across Australia. From the skies, Steve uncovers the otherwise hidden patterns, rhythms, networks and systems that keep Australia on the move – fed, alive and thriving.
Great Southern Land is the story of a complicated relationship with the natural world and of living with cycles of floods and, fires. It’s the story of satisfying a voracious appetite for life’s vital ingredients – food and electricity. It’s also the story of how we mainly live on the edge – coastal dwellers congregating in sprawling metropolises. And finally, it’s the epic tale of how we keep it all moving – humans, goods and data. But at the heart of the series are human stories, the people behind the scenes who make this country what it is.
In this opening episode Professor Steve Simpson explores how we satisfy our appetite for food and power. Seen from above. Steve looks at how irrigation and other ingenious schemes have turned our dusty continent into a grand food bowl feeding Australians and 60 million others around the world.