Deniliquin Pastoral Times

There are no win­ners

Re­search­ing fam­ily’s pos­si­ble Deni con­nec­tion

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Dear Edi­tor,

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

Barham

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Dear Edi­tor,

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

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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 mart­van@tpg.com.au.

Yours etc. Martin and My­fanwy Smith

Can­berra

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