Stolen regeneration (The Australian)

09 Sep Stolen regeneration (The Australian)

LIGHTNING Ridge, near the NSW border with Queensland, is a unique Australian town. Over the years, thousands of drifters and fortune-hunters have gone there, staked a claim, set up a camp and started to dig, hoping to find black opals.  As such, the land around Lightning Ridge can sometimes look like a bomb has hit. Homes are constructed from corrugated iron, wooden posts and, in one case, entirely of old cans and bottles. There is no running water, and no sewerage… go to article