When political leaders around the globe are getting on board the clean energy train why is Tony Abbott still on the coal train?.

Just as there is love at first sight between people, there can be love at first sight between a person and a place.

 A landscape is more than a location, it is one party in a relationship – Vaclav Cílek ,

Coming from a farming family that supplies 50,000 Australians with the milk for their breakfast every day we have come to realise that farming is so much more than food and fibre production. It’s nature that sustains us and our cows.  When Nature thrives we thrive..

Cows walking home Clover Hill

We live in a world that is becoming more and more aware of our environmental impact and we realise that what our family love doing could damage the pristine rainforest we were surrounded by.

We see our role as a food and fibre producer and custodians of the land is to ensure the people we employ, the people we feed and Mother Nature and the animals in our care have a voice

We realise for nature to thrive we had to be prepared to evolve just like nature

As farmers whether we own or lease the land we farm on we have a responsibility to plan for the legacy we want to leave behind. Until we have a plan, a legacy is only a good intention.

For the last ten years I have been accessing funding and expertise for multiple land holders in my region to help them leave the legacy they will be proud of

Along the way I have met many people with very different ideas on what their legacy looks like and how much time and effort and personal funding they are prepared to put into it.

As I put the final touches on the latest partnership report I am seriously despairing about what the current federal government think their land stewardship legacy will look like.

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I have the joy of working with people like Erin Lake as young person passionate about our landscape 

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Protecting the endangered Illawarra Zieria (Zieria granulata)

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.and the  Illawarra Socketwood (Daphnandra johnsonii),

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and filming our work to share with the world

I am with the Australian Conservation Foundation’s CEO Kelly O’Shanassy on this one and our politicians need to start acting in the interests of the people they represent.

This is what Kelly had to say here

Most Australians want to do the right thing for the environment, but we are seriously lacking in political leadership on protecting nature, life and our shared future.

There are ….local climate action groups working with councils and businesses to reduce their impact on the planet. … Landcare groups restoring creeks and replanting trees on degraded land. …. solar panels going up on rooftops all over Australia. (Did you know one in five Australian households now has solar power?)

….  we should celebrate these acts of leadership which are actively creating a better future.

If only our political leaders would follow suit. Unfortunately political inaction is holding us all back. In fact, some political decisions are driving environmental destruction.

Australia’s environment has never needed a helping hand like it does now. Yet, more than ever, our leaders are turning their backs on our natural places.

…. politicians are making decisions that go against the interests of the people. And right now across Australia decisions affecting our future are being made.

The good news is clean energy is here, ready and waiting, and other countries are deploying it at a fast and furious pace. We just need the political will in this country to move towards a clean and safe future.

At a national level we desperately need multi-partisan support for strong climate change action, after all, it will take more than one term of government and therefore more than one political party to solve climate change.

Most political leaders around the globe are getting on board the clean energy train. It makes me wonder why our Prime Minister is still on the coal train.

I think one of the most important ways to tackle Australia’s environmental challenges is to raise the voices of people in this country who love nature and who want a safe future for their family and friends. That pretty much describes all of us.

Like Kelly my aim is to make it so that our political leaders find it impossible to ignore these concerns.

Surely they can see the management decisions they make now will have impacts far into the future. Surely they care. I look forward to them showing me they do

Want to join me and take a stand and Keep Australia Great Sign the petition here 

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Innovators and first followers are a special breed we should all celebrate

Being a dairy farmer can be extraordinarily rewarding but there is no denying its 24/7 and you just can’t turn the cows off and shut up shop and go on holiday whenever you want to.

So just imagine if a technology came along that milked the cows for you.

Well it has – bring on the robots courtesy of the highly innovative team at Future Dairy at Sydney University

Cows that milk themselves voluntarily with the help of robots is only one example of the many technologies that are available to our dairy farmers. At the moment there are 34 robotic milking farms in Australia (with at least another 8 being installed).

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Robotic Rotary Dairy

This represents a total of 135 robots milking around 9,100 cows, producing almost 50 million litres of milk per year. A small proportion of the Australian dairy industry (9.2 billion litres), but definitely growing in interest and adoption.

The average Automatic Milking System (AMS) farm has 268 cows milked through 4 robots (range of 110 and 2 robots to 550 and 8 robots).

These AMS installations cover every commercially available type in Australia (two brands offering single box robots, two brands offering multi box robots and one brand offering the robotic rotary).

The AMS operate across a range of farming system types from grazing with some supplementary grain feeding (82% of farms) to farms where all the cows are housed (12% of farms).

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Cows live the luxury life with access to supplementary feed under shelter

Every dairy state in Australia has farmers that are currently operating with AMS and farmer discussion groups where they can share their trials and tribulations and success stories have been established in Victoria and Tasmania as well as the NSW Dairy Innovation Group which discusses all things technology and innovation.

There is no denying the gutsy early adopter farmers should be applauded as new technology invariably comes at a large capital cost with a high new technology frustration cost and a small group of vocal detractors sitting in the wings waiting with glee for you to go broke.

Different farmers adopt technologies for different reasons. So it’s imperative that farmers achieve the expectations behind the technology adoption and there is no denying expectations need to be the right ones too!! Check out the Future Dairy’s Case Studies.

Imagine how excited our industry is to hear the Future Dairy team is in the running for Australia’s most prestigious science accolade The Eureka Prize

Innovators and first followers are a special breed we should all celebrate – the bright minds who wake up every day with big ideas to change the way we live, work and play and the brave people who the test the waters and help the innovators get it right for the rest of us.

Change is hard

I must admit when I played a big role in the management decisions at Clover Hill there were so many times we were tempted to get on board with some of these new technology breakthroughs that were thwarted by lack of funds, lack of room, lack of IT knowledge ad infinitum but never a lack of desire to get the best outcomes for our cows, our team,our business and the land we have stewardship of

Innovators and Early Adopters, both work hand-in-hand to bring new technology into use. Innovators are the great thinkers in the realm of technology; they create the latest and greatest, cutting edge technology, while Early Adopters can see what the Innovators have created, and find the practical application of the new technology and begin using the Innovators’ creations and applying their ideas.

I sit in the stands and watch with fascination and loudly cheer on all the early technology adopter farmers in our dairy industry.

You are a gutsy bunch of people and you deserve every success and you couldn’t have a better support network than the team at Future Dairy

Also hearty congratulations to Professor Snow Barlow another legend in agriculture for his selection as a Eureka Prize finalist

Thanks to Dr Nico Lyons for his assistance with the data in this article

Early adopter farmers are agriculture’s biggest threat

This year as part of The Archibull Prize students in schools across NSW and QLD are studying and reflecting on the biggest challenges facing agriculture in this country.

We have told the teachers and students those challenges are:

  • Climate Change
  • Declining natural resources
  • Food and Fashion Waste
  • Biosecurity

We have left out the most immediate challenge and the most important because the program itself by default addresses this

That problem is consumers are increasingly concerned about the way their food and fibre is produced

Surveys continually back up the following

Consumers want  Safe, affordable and healthy food

Consumers are concerned about

1. environment

2. animal welfare

3. chemicals in food

4. Farmers ability to make a living

I have dedicated the last ten years and the next 20 years of my life to showing consumers that they can have faith in the way food and fibre is produced in this country

I am lucky enough to work with a wonderful team of supporting partners and advocates helping me do this including agriculture’s rising stars

The biggest barrier to achieving major gains in building trust with consumers is our farmers themselves. There is a culture in agriculture that values quiet achievers and frowns upon being proud and loud

Too often I hear those early adopter quiet achievers say that the farmers talking in the media do not represent the majority and are not walking the talk whilst they are at home doing what they do best and don’t need to share it.

Let me tell you early adopter quiet achievers. You are the biggest threat to agriculture in this country and I put it to most of you that like me ten years ago you are very proud of what you do and would be delighted to talk about it if you had the confidence and skill sets to do so.

I have spent the last ten years building my confidence and skills sets and now help others by sharing my journey and providing them with the same technical experts that I was lucky enough to have access to.

Let me share with you what I believe the problem is.

You can break farmers up into the following demographics

  1. Innovators
  2. Early adopters
  3. Early Majority
  4. Late Majority
  5. Laggards

Interestingly enough you can break consumers up into the same demographics. Looking at mainstream technology – love this graph but can’t understand why it wasn’t the girls who were the innovators. See postscript

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In agriculture the early adopters get their information from the experts and other farmers follow by having conversations with and witnessing the successes of the early adopters. We have all heard the stats –  9 out 10 farmers learn from other farmers.

Agriculture’s big problem is early adopter consumers have great difficulty accessing agricultural experts or early adopter farmers prepared to share their journey so they get their information from the internet. In a lot of cases that’s a very scary thought. Dissemination of information in the community occurs in just the same way as it does in the farming community. Early adopters (or thought leaders) are highly respected by their peers and listen to what they say.

So I rest my case. Like it or not Early Adopter Farmers is time to come out from behind the bushel and it you were like me and want to build your confidence and skills sets –  lobby the organisations you pay levies to for the access to technical experts to help you Because in reality this is the only way you can save your fellow farmers from extinction.

Self driven extinction by our lack of across the board acknowledgment that the consumer is King and Queen and without their support we are wasting our time and money and our physical and emotional energy

Postscript.

I just love twitter my question as to why girls weren’t the innovators re the iPhone the brains trust on Twitter tells me and you will love this-  its because boys watch porn online that’s why they are innovators. Bit confused but amused

Now there is a research topic for the scientists – Online porn the driver of innovation

Celebrating Wool – from the sheep’s back to yours

Its Wool Week and I was in Sydney yesterday and just couldn’t walk past this window without feeling proud to be part of the team that helps bring this product from the sheep’s back to you MJ Bale Sydney CBD And of course I had to do more than just admire the window so I popped in and made a little purchase for myself. Believe me I could have made quite a few more

IMG_2204a couple of gorgeous merino wool scarves have now joined my winter wardrobe 

  Today 99% of the Australian wool clip is sold at retail overseas and indeed..

Australian wool has come a long way since it first touched our shores. In 200 years it has been transformed from a short fibre into one as smooth as silk and as soft as cashmere. Its true strength lies in its versatility. Merino wool is as superb on the catwalk as it is on the sports field. It has warped, worsted and woven itself into the halls of high fashion and is used by designers right across the world.

This year Craig and Wendy Taylor of Redblue architecture and design had the chance to work on this innovative and noble fibre as part of AWI’s Wool Week display at the Macquarie Centre

Macquarie Centre has been chosen to celebrate ideas, new creations and the infinite possibilities of Wool througout the Centre in May. In collaboration with The Campaign for Wool they will showcase Woolmark’s 2015 Campaign – “I wool if you wool”.

Check out some of Craig and Wendy’s clever designs

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Wendy and Craig had six weeks to bring this wonderful showcase of Australian wool together, using the many different textures and different techniques that are available to use with wool. You will see Macrame, weaving, plaiting, knitting, stringart to name just a few. Wendy said it was totally exhilarating to be able to work with the diversity of wool fabrics and yarns that are available today.

We used wool yarn from 1 ply to 120 ply. The 1 ply was so fine it was like a spider web. We used a range of wool fabrics including Wool top, felt and prefelt

Wool is breathable, renewable and wearable and so beautiful to work with

As part of their brief Wendy and Craig were asked to also showcase the work of designer Felicity Gleeson who has an AWI Fashion Scholarship. Wendy was very moved by Felicity’s beautiful designs that Wendy described as part fabric and part sculpture

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and the piece de resistance Wendy and Craig we able to create their own flock of 36 sheep to be the ‘flock to frock’ stars of the fashion floor

Also kicking goals for the wool industry is the Fibre of Football campaign 

I just love the videos that showcase the farmer faces of the product as well as our footballing heroes from rich agricultural roots

and how good is this? To me the quote of the year

behind every successful man is an astonished woman

and how mind blowing  is this

Join us on a trans-formative journey as together we  follow a single piece of fleece in pursuit of its family. From the shearing sheds of the Australian outback, to the ancient weaving mills of Yorkshire, discover how modern technologies and age-old techniques combine to transform fleece into fashion. Read more at http://www.merino.com/wool/lost-and-f…

and remember when you get the chance Choose Natural 

Agriculture to sell hope not despair

When given the choice between hope and despair, it is a fact that hope is the attitude most likely to support, encourage, and even create a positive outcome. Despair energizes only the things we fear.

When I was looking for a graphic to help tell this story I came across this very compelling image and I am still in two minds as to whether it’s too confronting (will ruminate on this)

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Garden of Hope and Despair by Virgard 

From an early age growing up on the farm I learnt that too often agriculture sells despair in preference to hope and as I grew older and more committed to giving back to the landscape that feeds and clothes us I found myself gravitating towards people in the natural resource management sector who always sell hope.

Agriculture is changing the way it portrays itself and that change is being driven by our many bright minds coming up through the ranks in Gen X&Y agrifood and fibre

Rural and social entrepreneur Josh Gilbert who is also Chair of NSW Young Farmers is a great example of a young person in our sector who is selling hope and raking in the rewards for both himself and the sector at large

Josh is now looking for agriculture’s rockstars to join him in spreading the great stories of agriculture that inspire while fostering innovation and breaking down the existing silo’s within agriculture via his newest venture Tractor Talks.

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Tractor Talks is a really great opportunity to showcase people who have new and exciting ideas and are leading the way and can inspire others. We need a huge shift away from the negative culture stereotypical stories that hinder progression, new thinking and self-pride.

It’s a great platform to listen to on the go and I really hope it serves as an incubator for agricultural innovation. I want a beef farmer to hear what an oyster grower is doing and think- we could apply something similar in our industry. I want a young farmer to hear that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that people have succeeded from similar backgrounds. And what I really want most is for the podcast to help draw people together, as one united industry right around the world…… says Josh

To kick-start his journey and give him added confidence that others believe in his ideas Josh has been announced as a 2015 Young Social Pioneers (YSP) scholarship awardee for Tractor Talks. You can listen to the first episode HERE

Via this article in The Land

Passionate youth agriculture advocate Josh says  “Tractor Talks is designed to tell agriculture’s exciting stories and encourage other farmers with innovative ideas and great stories to get involved and be stars of their own success stories,” Josh said.

Now on  iTunes the Tractor Talks podcast will feature interviews with successful and inspiring agricultural professionals, exploring their motivations, industry visions and practical tips for farmers across a broad range of business and farming topics.

Josh’s YSP scholarship, sponsored by Optus, will see him take part in three residential touchpoints in Sydney. Alongside 49 other Pioneers he’ll connect with experts who provide support to amplify Tractor Talks, build networks of support and develop business skills and capabilities to drive a successful, purpose-driven venture.

The program is an initiative of The Foundation for Young Australians and supports Australia’s best and brightest emerging young change-makers: social innovators, thought leaders and entrepreneurs.

Josh said the networking, mentoring and the chance to take home $10,000 in seed funding make the scholarship a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“There is also the opportunity to get nationwide publicity, which is essential in sharing great agricultural stories with our consumers and the world,” he said.

Josh is looking forward to being inspired at the touchpoint sessions.

“I think it’s going to be a great way to ensure that Tractor Talks remains relatable to the general public, while also keeping the agricultural messages and tips at the podcast’s core,” he said.

“Connecting with 49 great minds from across the country is more than I could have ever wished for. This makes the whole course a great experience, along with the opportunity to change aspects of Australian life and be a part of the exciting Australian start-up scene.”

The first Tractor Talks podcast will showcase Liverpool Plains farmers and founders of ‘The Conscious Farmer’ beef brand Derek and Kirrily Blomfield.

Josh is a role model to all generations in agriculture, his passion, commitment and motivation is something we can all aspire to. He recognises the importance of and grabs every opportunity to cultivate influential community partnerships for the best outcomes for youth in agriculture.

Josh is selling hope and the world is buying .

CALL TO ACTION: If you know one of agriculture’s rockstars whose story will inspire others by featuring on Tractor Talks Josh wants to talk to you

Contact Josh Gilbert

Email: contact@gilbertjoshuam.com

Mobile: 0432 260 024.

Twitter:    #agrockstars

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TractorTalks/

When will we learn – its time to foster a ‘do the right thing culture’ in agriculture

Last night 4 Corners featured an expose on the treatment of some migrant workers. Lets hope the 4 Corners story was sensationalised  because it is not pretty. According to this article even Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, Costco and IGA are all implicated in the allegations, as are fast food chains KFC and Red Rooster. 595905-3badf69c-f1fb-11e4-8640-5412dd2d4115

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The 4 Corners expose can be watched here Below is a text extract from the footage Slaving away: The dirty secrets behind Australia’s fresh food.

It’s in your fridge and on your table: the fresh food that we take for granted.

But there’s a dirty secret behind it.

Much of it is picked and packed by a hidden army of migrant workers who are ruthlessly exploited.

“There is slave labour in this country.” – Queensland grower

A Four Corners investigation has uncovered gangs of black market workers run by unscrupulous labour hire contractors operating on farms and in factories around the country.

The produce they supply ends up in our major supermarkets and fast food chains.

“Almost every fresh product that you pick up… will have passed through the hands of workers who have been fundamentally exploited.” – Union official

What’s really sad is agricultural journalist and opinion piece blogger Sam Trewethey highlighted this disgusting issue 12 months ago. Why didn’t agriculture  address it then. Why does it take airing our dirty linen on national TV before we act? I am reprinting Sam piece found here 

WHAT would you suggest we do if you knew Australian agriculture might be on the verge of another welfare crisis? Except this time it’s our workers in trouble, backpackers in particular.

And like the recent live export crises, it’s a couple of ‘rogue players’ who hold the potential to bring our whole industry into disrepute.

In the past few months I’ve been travelling around Queensland, working on various farms and getting to learn more about our agricultural industry. While I’ve had nothing but fantastic experiences with my temporary bosses, I’ve also heard some first-hand accounts that call to mind colonial America before the abolition of slavery.

I’m scratching my head here, as we’re wondering how to address this dire skills shortage when the government threw us a bone and opened up the Working Holiday visa extension. This means young travellers who are here on a 12-month working visa can work 88 days in regional Australia to get an additional 12 months “down under”. We need to be taking advantage of their youth, energy and forced commitment and invite them to stay with good conditions and pay. Not just taking advantage of them, literally, as you’ll read here.

Most visitors just want to do the minimum three months and move on, so continually training them would be a frustration, and I’m sure there are a few job-seeking visa hunters that don’t quite cut the mustard on farm. But to not pay them, leave them out in a paddock to walk home, or hit them? These are completely unacceptable scenarios.

When I was 20 I romanticised about working cattle up north. I landed a job as a jackeroo in western Queensland and drove directly to the station from our farm in Victoria, where I was greeted by a nice enough young manager – but living conditions I wouldn’t have put a dog in. Dust a centimetre thick on the floor, smashed light fittings, broken glass windows and the door off its hinges. This and not even minimum wage… I lasted just one night and shot through the next morning. My ‘protection’ was a ute full of fuel, a healthy disrespect for people who don’t look after their workers – and somewhere to return to.

This was far more protection than a young German lad named Fabian Klinger could claim. He would probably have envied my Queensland quarters after what he experienced working for a southern grape grower.

Fabian and a friend paid a Melbourne backpacker job agency $99 each to “choose” a job and selected picking grapes, advertised at a return of $80-$120 per day and $150 per week for a share house.

They were shocked when dropped off at their accommodation. There was filth everywhere, Fabian said – broken doors, urine on bathroom floors, dirty mattresses, no sheets, pillows or blanket. The kitchen was half destroyed.

“My friend was in tears, she needed the money and the work hours for her visa extension,” Fabian said. “The next day we worked hard, picking as many buckets as some of the experienced Australian workers, 60 buckets in seven hours, at 70 cents per bucket for us.” They earned $42 for seven hours work – $6 per hour. Australia’s national minimum wage is $16 an hour.

Fabian left the next day after confronting the farmer. He paid $99 for the job, $50 for the accommodation, $90 for train tickets back to the city – and earned $42.

Meanwhile, Englishman Michael Jinks meanwhile spent less than a fortnight with his mates on a cattle station in Queensland.

When they arrived on farm they were greeted with a stream of insults and profanities that would make a sailor blush, and left in no doubt that “there is a class system here in Australia you pommie ******s, and backpackers are the lowest of the low”, according to the farm boss.

Michael told me he and his mates were hit with a cattle stick when they did something wrong, sworn at continually and when they made a wrong move out mustering, were rammed off their motorbikes – twice.

After the bike incident, the group quit but were forced to wait three days – while being charged $80 each per night for accommodation – until the farmer took them to town. When he did, he “changed his mind” and dropped them on the highway, more than 100km out, while he kept on driving to town. They were never paid for their work.

Now I’m no investigator, and you might think these were one-offs, or extreme cases, but backpackers I’ve spoken to just in the past three weeks have all had horror stories to tell about working on Aussie farms. None of these were “I knew a guy” or “a friend of a friend” stories, but personal accounts. Go ask some yourself, you’ll be gobsmacked.

What kind of message does this send to the potential workers we’re crying out for? It’s always the bad news that gets the attention, and we need to confront this behaviour when we hear about it, not just shrug and accept it. We need to speak up and make sure the positive experiences – the overwhelming majority – are what the backpackers talk about when they get home.

As you’re aware, there is no union in Australian agriculture – and I’m not suggesting there should be one – but these backpackers have nobody to report to, no system to rely on. They have no protection. They need our help – we can spread the word about the good bosses, the great farms to work on, and we can insist on a set of standards.

This is yet another case of a rotten few spoiling it for the lot as I’ve also met backpackers and farmers that are very happy with each other. They may not be paid much, but are respected and the experience is mutually beneficial.

One guy I’m working with now up in Queensland came for his 88 days eight months ago. Liam loves the farm, the life, the job and the country. He’s been looked after well and he’ll apply for permanent residency soon. I bet there’s a few more of them sitting in that growing figure of more than 33,000 backpackers who worked on Aussie farms last year.

But stories like Michael’s and Fabian’s can’t be swept under the carpet – this potential injection of labour could be fantastic for an industry crying out for more hands, but horror stories don’t just damage our reputation, they could potentially undermine our agricultural productivity if willing workers are scared off by such dire treatment.

We need to address this ‘rogue’ behaviour – and meanwhile promote the overwhelmingly positive experiences most iterant workers have.

So as I asked at the start, what would you do? Telling positive stories doesn’t fix or choke out the negative experiences. Should we create a register of the good employers, where they can be rated by workers? Do we need an online guide or database for job hunters? Or do we need to shoot higher and initiate some government or legislative changes to put us back on the map as a positive, friendly and fair country in the minds of those who come here to experience the “Lucky Country”?

Sam certainly had no shortage of first hand evidence. When will we learn – its time to foster a ‘do the right thing culture’ in agriculture

These thoughts from Ellen McNamara  Why one bad apple is a problem for the whole barrel 

Why my dad hates ANZAC day

I am lucky enough to be able to surround myself with some of the brightest, talented, most socially responsive, selfless and caring young people in agriculture

One of those young people Hannah Barber just sent me this …… I love it and I am confident you will too…………..

My father hates the tradition of ANZAC day.

Naturally, being a farmer, he hates the idea of any day when the rest of the country closes for business, because he never does. He hates the idea of young blokes getting drunk, gambling their money and making a mess of themselves in town. Most of all, my father hates that our country has relegated celebrating our gallant ANZAC’s, remembering their heroism and living up to the sacrifices they made for us, to just one day of the year.

My father loves the ANZAC’s. He loves reminding us of those who came before us, those who toiled sun up & sun down to make this country what it is today. “You have to know where you’ve come from to know where you’re going” – whether it’s knowing the hardships and blind loyalty of our ANZAC’s, or knowing my great-grandfather chopped through a pine forest and raised his family in a tent to establish our farm; knowledge of the past is inspiration for the future.

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My father believes we should all live everyday as though it were ANZAC day. Every day we should be grateful for those who have given us this opportunity, this society.

Be grateful for the ANZAC’s who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

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Be grateful for the women who have forged the way to allow me to be a woman of the land, independent and choose my own career pathway

Be grateful for the teachers who fought for our rights so when I do eventually (hopefully) marry my strong, handsome farmer, I can stay in that occupation that I love so much.

Be grateful for my mother’s amazing ability to raise all of us in such a loving, giving household and be grateful for my father’s, grandfather’s and great-grandfather’s commitment to leave our land a little better than they found it each time.

Think of those who you ought to be grateful for and remember. Each and every day.

In the meantime, just for tomorrow, wake up early. Pull up your sowing rig or shed the picker if you’re in the cotton game, get the kids out of bed or give your housemate a nudge, and remember in the fashion Australians do best

Celebrate our mighty ANZAC’s. Let the ring of the last post stand your hair on end, don’t fight the tears as returned servicemen salute their fallen brothers. Feel the heat off the light horse as he powerfully strides by and soak up the rising sun over our lucky country as we rise in unison and promise “Lest We Forget”.

Well done Hannah its great to see young people inspiring young people to share your values

Hannah Barber inspiring