Superwoman saves stunned mullet


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Yesterday I attended an excellent events management course run by Sydney Uni Centre for Continuing Education. I was reminded very quickly when I left that I am very good at designing and delivering events but definitely need a crisis management person on my team

I certainly was impressed by those skills in the other driver in my car accident on my way home. Wow I am sitting there like a stunned mullet, found I couldn’t get out of the car without risking damage to my hamstring and this lady went into overdrive ensuring all of us were safe. Thank you, Superwoman Leanne.

To be super woman takes strength

Back to the Events Management course. Since being involved in the Kreative Koalas pilot I have made a number of changes to my waste management habits and am more proactive about encouraging others to join me

Yesterday the course was held in what is probably a four-star hotel close to the uni. The venue was handling our waste with the usual big bin and a plastic liner that we would be lucky (or unlucky for landfill) to fill 10% of.

I very quietly went up to hotel staff person and asked him if we could have another small bin for recyclables. Talked about stunned mullets – he looked at me like I was from Mars

The thing that seemed to concern him the most was what the “recyclables bin” would look like and whether it would need a sign. I said we are only a small group I think you could just make a small announcement and as responsible waste management was part of the course it would be a very good look for the hotel

In the end no bin appeared, and the guy looked very sheepish every time he caught my eye

Having spent quite a bit of my year doing change management courses I ruminated quite a bit on how I could have helped empower him to make that small change and still thinking about it when I am not thinking about my beautiful little car that is no longer driveable and hoping that everyone has a Leanne in their lives

Calling all farmers wives

This post appeared on The Land’s Facebook page.

Calling all farmers wives!
Are you new to life on the land? Or perhaps these days you’re an old hand? Either way, we want to hear from you. We want to know what you have to deal with on a day to day basis. Your funny stories, the crazy things that have happened, the first time you had to do something.
We’d love to hear your story in 250 words (and with a picture). If you’re happy to share, please email

I would love to hear from so called “Farmers Wives’ Does the language in this request make you seethe, are you nonchalant about it, should we take to the streets and burn our bras, should we send in our funny stories and our pix, or should we laugh it off as 18th century archaic thinking

I asked Dr Google for Farmers Wife images and there were some very saucy ones which I wont show here

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Paris and Nicole represented us like this

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Cooking images are popular


There is even a prayer where we thank God for our husbands and pray that God will make us good partnersFarmers wife

and then there are the romantic images

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There were also plenty of images of women clearly playing a hands on role in the fields

Even Barbie is a farmer these days

Love this feedback from dairy farmer Leah Parrish

Not sure I ever looked quite like Nicole or Paris, I love the prayer & I don’t have a problem with being called a farmers wife. I’d say I love it more today than I ever have but the road has not been easy. I could post many pics, some romantic, some beautiful, some very unglamorous & some tragic & I could tell many stories to match but for me I’d rather just post a beautiful picture of what I love🌞


and no shortage of comments on The Land’s Facebook page 

The Heroes of #AgDay

I am a proud 6th generation agriculturalist and yesterday was Australia’s inaugural AgDay 

As it happened I had a #agvocacy previous engagement that filled my head space on the day.  Twenty four hours later I used Twitter as my catch-up vehicle

Nice to see this tweet from Young Farming Champion Anika Molesworth captured the hearts and minds of the Twitterverse

Anika #AgDay.JPG I was keen to see who was leveraging #AgDay differently beyond the #thankafarmer mindset.

Must admit I wasn’t too surprised to see the Farmers for Climate Action team featuring front and centre in the press that changes the conversation

Well done Charlie Prell – The Heroic Farmer Sticking It To The Government, One Wind Turbine At A Time  

On AgDay 2017 you and Costa were my heroes

Costa Georgiadis spoke at The Archibull Prize 2017 Grand Champion Awards. He reached out and spoke to every child in the room. He touched each and everyone of us with his love for the planet, his respect for all the people who come together to ensure we are clothed and fed and his support for youth – the voices of the future

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Do you know the 12 key people who can fast track your success?


When you go on a big adventure, it may be a very long and windy journey that may not always be fun, and you know the destination is worth the pain and the joy, the key to success is the support team you surround yourself with

Justine Garner’s ‘Its who you know – How a Network of 12 key people can Fast-Track your Success’ is a great resource in helping you identify your team

You will find a diverse group of people will join you on the journey. There will be the hands-on people, the people with big hearts who share you vision and put their hands up to sail the boat with you. There will be equally important people who get on and off the boat depending on how much support you need at that time and their life journey commitments. There will be the people who cheer you from the shore.

Then there are the people who see you a free ride to their destination. When you wake up to this fact, there will be the “good riddance” brigade.

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Then there will be the one’s that shock you. You feel hurt, betrayed even and you spend far too much time ruminating on how and why it all went wrong. Its easy to lump these people into  the Machiavellian basket but more often than not they don’t see how much they have hurt you.Its important to wish them well and raise a glass of champagne to the loyal and highly valued crew that gently remind you.

Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination

and if there is any one who thinks this post is “pot kettle black” I am truly sorry if I hurt you


May we all have the strength 

Connecting Vegans and Farmers for Meaningful Conversations.

Imagine a space where people opposed to modern livestock farming, vegans and farmers could have transparent and respectful conversations.

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Such a space has been proposed to me by a vegan who has been reading and commenting on my blog for a number of years as well as contacting me by email with questions about modern dairy farming

Graeme has proposed that he set up and help moderate a Facebook page that is tentatively called Connecting Vegans and Farmers for Meaningful Conversations.

In Graeme’s words here is some background and insights

In recent discussion with some folk who live on farms, I’ve noticed a couple of interesting things.

Firstly, some people have some rather weird ideas about what veganism means in food terms. Secondly, many of them feel very upset and frustrated by what they see as unfair and uninformed attacks on their livelihoods.

And lastly, there is a widening gap between many people who are adopting “veganism” and farmers.

Now, I am still implacably opposed to much of modern livestock farming, but equally I think we absolutely need and depend on farmers. I have no answer to the basic conundrum of how to have an Australia that doesn’t farm animals while also having an Australia where our rural sector thrives. Maybe it isn’t possible.

Anyway, cutting to the chase, I am interested in doing a sort of experiment. I am thinking of creating a Facebook group for both farmers/rural folk and vegans to participate. I am also not necessarily proposing that it be purely a “vegan” thing, as I am very partial to ‘reducetarianism’ philosophy  as well

The aim is not to change people’s views, I want people to be able to share ideas, thoughts, philosophies and develop a mutual respect for each other’s values and opinions

 Farmers might post photos of their farms, vegans might post favourite recipes.

Questions can be asked, and answers offered from all sides. People may share their ideas about their perceptions of the “rights or wrongs of things”.

I acknowledge the fundamental problem in doing this. To overcome this, I would like a couple of moderators from both sides of the fence to help manage discussions that could get out of hand.

The  Vegan Healthy Living group I mentioned to you once before has been great. We talk about stuff, share ideas, and do not shame or abuse anyone. And there are plenty of non-vegans in it.

I floated this idea on the Vegan Healthy Living page and received generally encouraging responses. One lady said “I’d love to learn more about farming in Australia from Australian farmers, both animal farmers and crop farmers. I think that would really inform my ethical choices and conversations with others.”  I also got supportive words from a director of Vegan Australia, so I think the group would attract enough vegans to provide input and info. It would also be open to all members of the community to join too

What do you think? Would you, or anyone you know, be likely to join? Or even be a moderate?

PS, I had this rather thought-provoking comment on my page today from a young bloke who I think lives on a dairy farm. Good words from a very young fellow.

“I don’t think any of us are angry, I’d say we’re more passionate and frustrated because out of the blue there’s all these people coming out saying that Dairy is bad that we rape cows, that we kidnap their calves, that we conduct bestiality with our cows. It’s a strange feeling when your whole way of life is being ridiculed by people who have no to little experience on how a farm works today, things may have been different 30+ years ago (I wouldn’t know as I wasn’t around). But the thing is if you go to a farm and see how it works you may have a better understanding of what we are all about”

Personally I think the idea has significant merit and I have seen many Facebook pages where people do respect each others differing opinions with some interesting outcomes. What do you think?


Is Farmers for Climate Action the new leadership model for Agriculture?

As a founding member and ambassador for Farmers for Climate Action I find the  movement and its farmers awe-inspiring for so many reasons and ask is it the new model for leadership in agriculture?

It is a movement set up by farmers for farmers and its kicking goal after goal showing that Australian Farmers

  • Are taking climate action
  • Can work effectively with diverse groups including groups farmers traditionally felt were antagonists
  • Can effectively form a powerful lobby movement
  • Have powerful philanthropic support
  • Have community support
  • Can attract outside industry support funding partners
  • Can effectively develop and deliver NGO campaigns in a style like Getup
  • Can effectively crowdfund for projects that match their values
  • Can get the politicians to sit up and listen and converse and act
  • can work collaboratively and collectively together

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Farmers for Climate Action – The Why


 Farmers for Climate Action is an inclusive movement driven by farmers, for farmers calling for immediate action on climate change and supporting on-farm adaptation and mitigation to ensure a positive future for generations of Australian farmers.

We are committed to working with farmers from all across Australia to communicate issues relating to climate change.

We are supporting farmers to be part of the solution to climate change through climate-smart farming practices. We recognize that many farmers are already leading the way.

We are actively advocating for more targeted research, development, extension and adoption to support farmers in successfully adapting to changing climatic conditions.

We are strongly advocating for immediate action on climate change at local, state and federal levels and working with our communities to ensure farmers have a strong voice on climate change.

We are calling on a rapid transformation of Australia’s energy system away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy in a way that maximizes benefits to farmers and regional communities.

We recognise that climate solutions can provide huge benefits for regional Australia, helping revitalise our communities.


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Yes indeed the forward thinking “we are all in this together” model for a bright and flourish agriculture sector in Australia




Telstra and the data drought – how powerless do you feel?



I am very confused about internet and mobile reception intricacies

I have been with my service provider is Telstra for 40 plus years

I have a mobile phone with a hotspot and ADSL at home

I coordinate the Art4Agriculture web based competitions. Entry submissions include animations ( large files) entries via the cloud –  which require upload and download via the cloud

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The only way I can successfully download is to use my hotspot on my phone which cost $10/GB

Telstra Hotspot

Sadly it appears Telstra is taking advantage of poor ADSL coverage by forcing people to use their hotspot at great expense 

The only way I can get mobile phone reception at home is to sit in my car and make and accept calls through Bluetooth in my car

This Speedtest sums up my ADSL internet connection or lack of. Yet if I use the hotspot on my mobile phone I have excellent connection albeit at a huge cost . FYI Download speed in my region is supposed to be 6 plus and upload 1 plus

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Download speed in my region is supposed to be 6 plus and upload 1 plus

Telstra were quick to respond to my queries on Twitter and assure me their tech team could fix all my problems

If only one could get through to the tech team. This morning I spoke to four people and the fourth person was just about to transfer me again when I hung up as I don’t to want to ruin their day by venting my frustration on them. I can assure I was pretty riled up by this time.

I know there are people in the bush who get no reception. I clearly do just not cost effectively or situation effective ( Seriously having to sit in my car to make phone calls)

To me this is all too bizarre. Like people in the bush who get no reception I am paying the same $ as businesses in city CBD yet don’t get the same service. I was in Microsoft in Westfield Pitt Street last week. My Dropbox folder using their internet access said it would sync in 1 hour, at home 2 weeks.

It gets even better – looking forward to watching Apple TV in 15 hours


Not good enough Telstra. Explanation and solution please