Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Community News - BY DOUG WORS­LEY

Was there ever a unique land,

That strangers so com­pletely mis­un­der­stand? Ringed by azure seas and wide golden beaches grand, Yet where in the harsh Cen­tre there go hand -in-hand, Count­less, end­less hills made of shift­ing, bur­nished sand Re­flect­ing a strange rare beauty of their own brand, Slowly chang­ing to ragged moun­tains and table­land, Start­ing wind­ing rivers on cour­ses drawn free­hand. Then that land must be-AUS­TRALIA.

Was there ever an an­cient land

Home to abo­rig­ines who ob­served first hand, That this frag­ile land, overuse could not with­stand? Flora and fauna need re­spect in their home­land And wil­ful waste and mis­use were so strictly banned, To dis­obey tribal rules earned a rep­ri­mand.

But then white men came claim­ing “This is No-Man’s Land” An er­ror that for years con­tin­ued to ex­pand. Then that land must be — AUS­TRALIA.

Was there ever a tor­tured land,

Vic­tim of hasty so­lu­tions poorly planned,

To solve im­ported prob­lems we now can’t re­mand? Camels, rab­bits, carp, cane toads far and wide have fanned, Join­ing In­dian myna birds, feral cats, pigs and Now Asian bees have ar­rived by some ways un­der­hand. These de­struc­tive pests are not easy to dis­band, A na­tional Pan­dora’s box opened and un­canned. Then this land must be — AUS­TRALIA.

Was there ever a spe­cial land, Pro­duc­ing such lists of tal­ent we name off hand? Ex­plor­ers, en­gi­neers, farm­ers tall and tanned, Soldiers, po­ets, artists-- a list to beat the band. But in this re­mote coun­try, though of­ten un­der­manned, Prob­lems were beaten by tack­ling them hand-to hand, Artis­tic wonders came from some un­re­quited gland, Prov­ing to all, here’s a great in­no­va­tive strand. Then that land must be — AUS­TRALIA.

Was there ever an hon­oured land Touched by our God’s almighty, cre­ative hand, Given ev­ery ex­quis­ite beauty at His com­mand? With hid­den trea­sures be­neath the soil, sea and sand, Wonders abound­ing wher­ever our eyes have panned? But His per­fect plan that was made clear be­fore­hand, Was to treat it well, avoid com­mer­cial de­mand, We are but stew­ards, we must clearly un­der­stand,

Of this won­drous land-AUS­TRALIA.

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