Deniliquin Pastoral Times
There are no winners
Researching family’s possible Deni connection
As I presently sit back in the ‘border bubble’ in my home town of Barham, during COVID-19 I have reflected on the bureaucratic mismanagement which is hurting our rural communities.
Decisions are made from afar by those who have very little knowledge, instead using computer models to justify their positions and the funding they rely on to keep their job.
Over the years I have unfortunately witnessed some of the worst bureaucratic blunders, though I must admit the ignorance which led to one farmer being advised by Service NSW to fly hay to Sydney before spending two weeks in quarantine just about takes the cake.
Others have been told to put headers and large machinery, and even their sheep, on a plane to Sydney (then into quarantine) if they want to get them into NSW.
These examples show how out of touch our city-based bureaucracy is with the real world of rural Australia.
But it’s not unique to pandemic decisions. For those in the water space, the impact of decisions which are made in isolation by those with no understanding of local situations is a national disgrace, as are the rural politicians who don’t call it out because it may threaten their political career.
Those unaccustomed to dealing with our bureaucracy will laugh at suggestions to fly sheep to Sydney, and rightly so.
But those of us who have dealt with this dysfunctional system, especially over the past 15 to 20 years, are not surprised.
In water policy I have seen governments move departments and their personnel out of rural towns, and in the process they bypass community consultation and collaboration.
Now, the government’s idea of ‘collaboration’ is allowing city-based bureaucrats to invite submissions, then ignore the local advice and plough ahead with their false computer modelling.
This has been the key downfall of water policy.
It has led to disastrous water management decisions which are destroying the environment they are supposed to protect, killing our communities and jeopardising our staple food industries.
The best projects I was involved in were led from the ground up with all stakeholders working together.
Those days are over and now there are no winners.
But nothing will change until our local politicians convince their party colleagues to stand up to the bureaucracy and protect our future and the nation’s food supply. Yours etc. Neil Eagle
I’m a family genealogist looking for some information about my wife’s paternal grandfather, a Welshman named Cecil Pryce Evans.
Cecil was a farm labourer born in 1899 in Kerry, Montgomeryshire Wales.
He was alone when he emigrated Australia aboard the S.S Orama in 1928.
The Orama was bound for Melbourne, but Fremantle quarantine documents dated April 1928 list Cecil’s forwarding address in
Australia as “c/o Walker, Finley Rd, Deniliquin NSW”.
It’s unknown how much time Cecil spent in Deniliquin, if any.
Does anybody know of him or anything about his forwarding address in Deniliquin?
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours etc. Martin and Myfanwy Smith