The Arika portfolio of projects engender a common theme of communal sustainability of this unique region. Each project is managed according to industry best practice and is structured to best meet the particular set of challenges and opportunities that exist within the scope, yet complement each other in working to achieve the overall Arika goal.
The Rangeland Regeneration Project (“RRP”) aims to transform the existing 400 hectares of neglected and degraded pastoral land into a vibrant combination of wild savannah, irrigated groves and intensive aquaculture. We are currently researching and developing an integrated approach based on Natural Sequence Farming (NSF), Seasonal Rainwater Harvesting (SRH) and Permaculture principles. The RTP incorporates extensive remote condition monitoring which is being conducted using cutting edge drone mapping technology.
The Sustainable Infrastructure Project (“SIP") is concerned with designing, building and operating structural elements of land use activities in ways that do not diminish the social, economic and ecological processes required to maintain human equity, diversity, and the functionality of our natural systems. In addition to the more traditionally accepted strategies of solar, wind and recycling, Arika has partnered with Elemental Projects as part of "Project Rango" which is researching the intersection of design, technology and sustainability in arid environments such as the Central Kimberley.
The Organic Farming Project (“OFP”) is centered around a research and development precinct comprising 3 hectares of irrigated grove, stockyards and aquaculture ponds located on the Black Elvire River floodplain. The core philosophy of the OFP is based on working in harmony with the seasons of the Kimberley, and the opportunities that they present, rather than resisting their forces or trying to meet traditional market timing demands. The objective is create a sustainable eco-system that supplies quality fresh produce first and foremost into the region, in a way that works to break down the currently entrenched barriers to maintaining a healthy diet through improving equity of access.
The Cultural Heritage Project (“CHP”) seeks to celebrate and preserve local culture, both modern and indigenous, through facilitating opportunities to express the values that are both special and unique to the Central Kimberley region. The CHP starts with the principle that we are only ever spiritual custodians of country, and that it is the interactions between people and a place that have, and will continue to, define local culture. The CHP typically facilitates residential experiences and meeting forums for persons or groups with an interest in local culture, ranging from artists and musicians to historians and anthropologists. The CHP maintains strong links with educational institutions and government departments with relevant mandates.
The Heritage Fauna Project (“HFP") seeks to preserve those animals that have made a special and unique contribution to the history of the Kimberly region, with a particular emphasis on working kelpies, waler horses, and the endemic group of raptors. The HFP seeks to better understand the relationship between these animals and their human partners from the standpoint of co-dependence, by creating an environment that is both workplace and safe haven, consistent with the overriding Arika philosophy. The HFP seeks to partner with institutions with relevant mandates or community charters.