A remarkable memoir detailing a heroic and unswerving commitment to renew the severely degraded land on Wooleen, a massive pastoral property in Western Australia's southern rangelands.
David Pollock is a second-generation pastoralist from Wooleen Station in the Murchison region of Western Australia. He took over the 153,000-hectare property when he was 27, and was soon joined by his now wife Frances as they embarked on a quest to transform Wooleen into a sustainable grazing enterprise. They run a station-stay tourism business to help pay for repairing the ecological damage caused by historic overgrazing, and have appeared on the ABC TV's Australian Story program four times. David loves Frances, palatable perennial grass, Wooleen, their four kelpies, and cows. In that order.
"The astonishing story of reviving the oldest land on Earth.
The Wooleen Way is a revelation."
"Written in simple, accessible language devoid of cant or
dogma, this is a work of bracing intellectual honesty. All
Australians who take environmental issues seriously must read this
book." 4.5 STARS
--Chris Saliba, Books+Publishing
"With passion, wisdom, and keen observation, David Pollock
has conducted a master class of regenerative rangeland instruction,
supported by a do-able plan. The Wooleen Way should be read and
absorbed by every agricultural/environment minister in the country
and by their departmental staffs, whilst the principles outlined
should be taught in all our agricultural colleges."
--Major General Michael Jeffery, AC, CVO, MC, former governor-general of Australia and former governor of Western Australia
"David tells his story with detail, care, humour and an
endearing vulnerability. This 360-page paperback is a personal
story of a man with a deeply rural heart and love of the land who
wants to see it return to its former glory...It's a great read for
lovers of autobiographies or anyone who wants to understand rural
Australia, and particularly vital for anyone interested in
livestock production in semi arid country."
--R.M. Williams Outback
"Through retelling the struggle of his family amid droughts,
financial ruin, depression, and death, David Pollock exposes the
modern day realities of managing a remote outback station...This is
an urgent story of political irresponsibility, bureaucratic
obstinacy, industrial monopolisation, and, above all, ecological
illiteracy in a vast segment of the Australian continent."
"By asking difficult questions and following the advice of
ecologists who were working against received wisdom, Pollock has
managed to bring water back to Wooleen Lake, attract native
wildlife, build soil health, and make muddied rivers run clear.
Pollock pulls no punches. He questions whether land essentially
owned by banks can ever be sustained as a public resource, and
criticises government policy that favours short-term profit over
environmental restoration and Indigenous land management."
--Michael McLoughlin, Readings