Winemaker inspires crowd at Mia Mia
MIA MIA residents celebrated Australia day with a community breakfast and an inspiring speech from Rowanston Winerys John Frederiksen.
He spoke about how a small community plays its own important role in improving and enriching lives.
Mr Frederiksen touched on Mia Mias history – mentioning the Burke and Wills expedition and the Duigin brothers historic flight in the first Australian-made plane.
He said extraordinary things happened in Mia Mia every day.
“Life not only goes on but it is being pushed on by extraordinary people,” he said.
“This Mia Mia Hall and our local Fire Station as well as the Mia Mia Reserve all exist because local identities keep doing more than their share of nudging life along.”
He went on to list the contributions and achievements of many individuals, both young and old and he mentioned the new cricket team.
“Which is third on the ladder after only 18 months in the competition.” “I am an optimist,” he said. “I see lots of positive things out weighing the negatives.
“I am not an ostrich with my head in the sand.
“I lived and worked in NZ for a short time in the early 1990s and in the USA in the middle 1990s.
“When I worked in the USA I was shocked at the low level of wages, the amount of homeless people and the amount of working folk who lived poor in trailer homes.
“This not to say they were unhappy – far from it.
“They believe they had a good standard of living, but it was quite a different standard to ours.
“In comparison Australia has a great health system, and a great education system.
“We pay our workers fair wages and provide good working conditions.
“We leave the countries where I have worked and lived in far behind.
Mr Frederiksen said this was due to a concerted effort by Australians to make their country a great place to live, and it was through the positive actions of small communities that the nation continued to change and improve.”
“Congratulations Mia Mia,” he said.
“You maybe small but by the measure of your heart and your actions you are a giant.”
Singing the national anthem at Mia Mia.
Rowanston Winerys John Frederiksen with his wife Marilyn and son John.