Out­back woos city hearts

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Re “Kick­ing up dust” (Oc­to­ber 4-5): Birdsville’s res­i­dent pop­u­la­tion is the ul­ti­mate per­son­i­fi­ca­tion of the Aus­tralian ethos – self-reliance, per­se­ver­ance and loy­alty in­ter­twined with ir­rev­er­ence for author­ity. All of these qual­i­ties have shaped and found their ex­pres­sion in the uniquely Aus­tralian sense of hu­mour, which is as dry and bru­tally un­for­giv­ing as the Aus­tralian Out­back it­self. This is why I be­lieve Birdsville holds a spe­cial place in the hearts of all Aus­tralians, no mat­ter where they live in this great coun­try of ours. Birdsville is the iconic man­i­fes­ta­tion of what speaks to the Aus­tralian soul.

M. Wouters, Ma­roochy­dore It is dif­fi­cult to imag­ine a more brit­tle land­scape than that on the edge of the Simp­son Desert. It is great that your magazine is re­port­ing on this area as it re­ally is part of Aus­tralia’s pi­o­neer­ing heart and the peo­ple who in­habit it are tough, re­silient and (pun in­tended), down to earth. The Birdsville Races is an op­por­tu­nity for the city to ex­pe­ri­ence part of the real bush. That is pos­si­bly the mag­netism in­volved.

Claire Jolliffe, Bud­erim

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