The Riverina district of Australia, and in particular the Mirrool Irrigation Area, is the only major wine-producing region of Australia which to date has not been written about in depth. The Riverina Story details how a once desolate area of New South Wales became a thriving agricultural region through the addition of managed water resources. Examining this region's grape farms and their contribution to a developing wine industry, the book also addresses many of the serious problems currently being experienced throughout Australia - water conservation, salinity, and declining rural productivity. It shows the potential impact of rising water tables which bring with them destructive levels of salt that destroy the agriculture. It also highlights how this killer of crops was completely eliminated from the Mirrool by a method known as tile drainage, a method by which other irrigation areas may be protected from the devastation wrought by salinity. The Riverina Story is structured around the themes of cultural history, wine history, multiculturalism, rural/regional development, and water conservation - themes that are tied together by reference to the social and historical forces affecting Australia and the world in the 19th and 20th centuries.
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