The sweet, earthy fragrance of sandalwood oil has made it immensely popular in incense sticks, candles and perfumes. But its beautiful scent may also be its downfall – Australian sandalwood (Santalum spicatum) is facing extinction in the wild.
Guardian of the Kimberley: Albert Wiggan (Rebroadcast)
Albert Wiggan is an inspiration.
A traditional owner and Bardi-Kija-Nyul Nyul man from the Dampier Peninsula of Western Australia, he’s also an Indigenous ranger and sees himself as a translator between Western science and Aboriginal teachings. “I feel part of both worlds,” the 38 year old says. His knowledge and love for nature led him to fight the government’s plans for the world’s largest LNG gas export terminal at James Price Point (a vital marine sanctuary, home to songlines and dinosaur footprints). Albert lobbied the Supreme Court and fronted a blockade until the developer withdrew from the project. On this episode of Talking Australia, Albert discusses his concerns for the future of the Kimberley and how the entire nation can benefit from the region – without extraction and potential devastation of one of country’s most pristine areas.
This episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Chrissie Goldrick (Editor-in-chief at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com).
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