Wine­maker in­spires crowd at Mia Mia

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

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.

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