Fair Challenge

As Australia Day fast approaches and we consider how best to celebrate the life we enjoy in this country, spare a thought for two groups of people who must be questioning whether we do live in “the lucky country”; victims and their families dealing with the aftermath of alcohol and drug fuelled violence and those dealing with the desolation of drought. 189 more words

Agricultural & Environmental

Blueprint for a conversation - by Guest Blogger, Joy Beames, State Agricultural and Environmental Officer

Attending a recent National Farmers Federation forum and workshop titled “Blueprint for Australian Agriculture” in Canberra recently I travelled through dry country for most of the way and came through some areas that had received a storm. 506 more words

Agricultural & Environmental

Something’s got to give

It is conflicting and confronting to watch the scenes of devastation caused by too much water in the Philippines as I contemplate writing about drought in NSW. 609 more words

Agricultural & Environmental

Scattered thoughts of the wee small hours....

Mother Nature, beautiful and amazing one minute, lethal and terrifying the next. Our thoughts are with everyone touched by this continuing disaster, particularly the fire-fighters putting themselves in harm’s way.  539 more words

Agricultural & Environmental

Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe...

“We could be here for a month!” Jeff’s words over the phone, from atop the fire truck, because that was the only place he had mobile phone service. 367 more words

Agricultural & Environmental

A Thorn in Our Side

Mimosa is a dense invasive, thorny shrub that has taken over large tracts of land in the north-west of NSW. It normally grows to around 1.5 metres high and almost every part of the plant has thorns which can cause eye damage to stock, who will often seek out the protein rich seed pods. 251 more words

Agricultural & Environmental