A re­silience like few oth­ers

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS YOUR SAY - Saman­tha Wantling

WHILE I don’t have much ex­pe­ri­ence when it comes to farm­ing, I have spent a great deal of time talk­ing to pro­duc­ers in the re­gion and hear­ing the dif­fi­cul­ties they have been go­ing through dur­ing this cur­rent drought.

I have heard sto­ries that in­clude words like tread­ing wa­ter, empty bank ac­counts and high over­drafts, lone­li­ness, iso­la­tion and the list goes on. It is not hard to imag­ine how dif­fi­cult it must be to run a prop­erty, grow pro­duce and look af­ter live­stock with next to no wa­ter around. It would be like me try­ing to put out an edi­tion of the Bor­der Post with­out ac­cess to a com­puter.

If I were in the above sit­u­a­tion you would be sure to find me sit­ting at my desk star­ing at my blank screen with a pan­icked look on my face. And it would be un­likely you would have a Bor­der Post to read the next day. How­ever our Gran­ite Belt farm­ers, de­spite hav­ing min­i­mal ac­cess to one of their great­est pro­duc­tion needs, man­age to get on with their jobs (this is prob­a­bly where I would nor­mally insert a com­ment about our need for Emu Swamp Dam, but I will save that for an­other edi­tion).

They don’t throw in the towel, give up or panic.

Their re­silience and de­ter­mi­na­tion to keep go­ing can only be de­scribed as in­spi­ra­tional and my re­spect for their choice of oc­cu­pa­tion/life­style is un­end­ing. Mother Na­ture can be a cruel piece of work when she wants.

She sub­jects us to the best and worst weather con­di­tions (some­times on the same day). She has the power to make or break this en­tire re­gion on a mo­ment’s no­tice. Still our farm­ers get up each morn­ing and con­tinue with those odds stacked con­sid­er­ably against them.

See, there is some­thing else that I have heard from our farm­ers dur­ing the cur­rent drought, it is that be­cause of ev­ery­thing that they face, strength is gained. Re­silience is gained. Per­sis­tence and de­ter­mi­na­tion just kicks in.

They say that noth­ing worth do­ing is ever easy.

But it is al­ways worth it – I am sure that was writ­ten by a farmer.

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