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No change in size, 13:49, 27 September 2010
Understand: capitalizing River
Kununurra's existence is due entirely to a grand engineering scheme to harness the Ord riverRiver, and establish an agriculture industry in the area. The town itself came into existence in the late 1950's as a support centre for the Ord Irrigation scheme. A few vanguard families slowly spread their multi-thousand acre properties across the fertile plain. In recent years, it has unceasingly shaken off its pragmatic origins to develop infrastructure for the growing number of visitors to this previously difficult-to-visit part of the Kimberley. From the initial handful of pioneering farmers, the permanent population has now grown to around 7,000. The town was officially gazetted as recently as 1961.

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