I completely agree. The issue is more that I’m not from a regional or rural area, so I’m not in touch with the details surrounding their local issues. Nor do I have much expertise in the area, or significant time outside of uni holidays to do required research.
The main things which got me interested are a bunch of documentaries e.g. I watched a few years back on environmental rehabilitation, permanent culture as well as industrial hemp. A good example in the Australian context is Peter Andrews and his Natural Sequence Farming. There’s several old Australia Story episodes somewhere under “Right as Rain” and “Of Droughts and Flooding Rains” online.
I also have an interest in the absolute rort going on in water rights and the related economic rents. 4 Corners completely confirmed all of my suspicions that the sector has been completely captured and taken over by rentiers and speculators, at the cost of communities and the environment.