Clean Living

Saturday's open-air market in Kununurra is fun and friendly. Just after breakfast, locals have come to grab melons and fresh greens from the surrounding well-irrigated farms. Tourists are marveling at the inventive lotions, potions and sauces stall holders have concocted from the remote region's boab trees. Also for sale are indigenous art and craft and the handiwork of local women. A handful of people have gathered around a young woman displaying a laundry gizmo. Slim, tanned and cheerful, Sheree O'Brien, 34, is spruiking The Amazing Handiwash, a plastic agitator that cleans dirty clothes in a bucket.

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