Issue No. 54 - August/September 2010
Shane wrote the book on the Murray
Shane Strudwick’s new book, Australia’s Great River Landscape is a landmark effort that cuts through barriers to promote Australia’s great waterway as a magnificent whole.
The 172-page coffee-table book is a pictorial essay in “pure Murray River and Mallee beauty” and takes an encyclopedic look at the river system from source to mouth.
Shane says the book takes readers on a journey along the Murray from the time traditional landowners protected and managed the river, to paddle steamers, explorers and bushrangers, the locks and weirs, architecture, the flood of ’56, abundant wildlife, outback river and much more.
“Sustaining the energy and resources has been a huge challenge and this plan is a complex, interwoven series of strategies we’ve been developing over the six years to develop products, brand and business model,” Shane says.
“I have created a book that not only looks beautiful on the coffee table but also contains a concise history of the Murray that can be used as a source of information for people both young and old.
An entrepreneur, Shane operates a small business and has faced “sharp and strategic decisions” over the project during its long years in production. There have been times when “it’s all been very close to the edge”.
“My family has also faced the long-term challenges and time apart. I have two young boys and my wife has gone through breast cancer during this time so we’ve had to real...