Episode 41. Chris Henggeler – The backpacker who bought a cattle station

Imagine this: building a pastoral lease from scratch.

I’m talking about walking onto a piece of land that has never been managed or developed – no fences, no man-made waters, no roads – nothing.

Sounds like something from the 1800’s right? A story of the settlers?

Well, this actually happened in the late 1980s, when Chris Henggeler purchased a new pastoral lease in the east Kimberley.

In this episode we find out how a Swiss backpacker ended up purchasing an Austrlalian cattle station, why there’s still no road access to Kachana over 30 years later, and about one mans mission to bring regenerative agriculture to the Kimberley.

Learn more about Kachana Station here: https://www.kachana-station.com/


Gardeners of Eden: Rediscovering Our Importance to Nature by Dan Daggart

Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision Making by Allan Savory


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This episode is supported by GME.

Since 1959 GME has been an Australian owned family company and remains the only Australian manufacturer of UHF CB radios, with their products designed, engineered, and manufactured in Sydney’s North West.

GME’s products cover a range of recreational activities from fishing to 4WDing and touring, in addition to catering for heavy vehicles and agriculture. Their Land category encompasses a range of products, the main being UHF CB radios (both Fixed Mount and Hand Held), Antennas, Personal Locator Beacons and accessories.

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