Bul­locky leads way

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

ONE week ev­ery year bul­lock­ies from around Australia come out of the wood­work to visit one of the few re­main­ing teams and en­joy some sight­see­ing in the host dis­trict. Rohan Mor­ris, of Glene­den Or­ganic Farm, has one of the last re­main­ing teams.

THE long-han­dled whips will be crack­ing at Glene­den Or­ganic Farm as the Mor­ris fam­ily hosts the 2015 get-to­gether of the Aus­tralian Bul­lock Driv­ers’ League.

Bul­lock teams were the back­bone of Australia’s industrial devel­op­ment, car­ry­ing out the long-dis­tance haulage and earth­mov­ing work, which th­ese days is done by trucks and heavy ma­chin­ery.

One week each year, bul­lock­ies from around Australia come out of the wood­work to visit one of the few re­main­ing teams and en­joy some sight­see­ing in the host dis­trict.

Rohan Mor­ris said the week-long gath­er­ing would run from April 18 to 24.

“The bul­lock­ies will head into the bush with the Glene­den bul­locks to haul some logs, en­joy­ing the spec­ta­cle, a few dis­as­ters and each other’s com­pany,” he said.

“Around the Bur­nett dis­trict they will visit a cat­tle sale, a sawmill, a brah­man stud, a cit­rus or­chard and pack­ing shed, a mu­seum or two and get an eye for an area off the usual tour­ing map.”

The first day of the get-to­gether will in­cor­po­rate Glene­den Or­ganic Farm’s weekly Satur­day af­ter­noon Work­ing Bul­lock Team Dis­play and Or­ganic Farm tour.

“Any­one in­ter­ested in meet­ing the bul­lock­ies or to be­come one is wel­come to come to Glene­den for the dis­play af­ter­noon or one of the work­ing days,” Fiona Mor­ris said.

In May, Glene­den Or­ganic Farm is hold­ing a Bul­lock Driv­ing and Train­ing Work­shop to en­cour­age the next gen­er­a­tion of Aus­tralian bul­lock­ies.

Mr Mor­ris said the Aus­tralian Bul­lock Driv­ers’ League was formed in Gunda­gai in 1982, with the aim of pre­serv­ing Australia’s bul­lock driv­ing tra­di­tions by con­nect­ing ex­ist­ing bul­lock­ies and help­ing new ones to start their teams.

“The days are full of ac­tion and in the evenings there is al­ways enough yarn spin­ning to knit jumpers for the bul­locks as the bul­lock­ies share sto­ries around the bush­man’s tele­vi­sion,” Mr Mor­ris said.

Bookings are es­sen­tial, phone 0429 137 224.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BUL­LOCKY ROHAN: The work­ing bul­lock team with Rohan Mor­ris off to the job.

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