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Ralph Hunt – the passing of a country legend

A keen storyteller ... the former member for Gwydir, Ralph Hunt, took on premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

A keen storyteller … the former member for Gwydir, Ralph Hunt, took on premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

The passing of former National Party MP, Ralph Hunt AO, on 22nd May 2011, will be sorely felt by outback communities. A grazier-turned-politician, Mr Hunt was a pillar of his party, and we say goodbye to to a man, passionately devoted to promoting the interests of country people.

Ralph was mentor to Organics for Rural Australia (ORA) from its inception, as he understood Janie’s vision for nurturing the growth and future of organic and biodynamic producers in the Western Division. Janie recalls: “In one of my conversations with Ralph, he could see the struggle I was having with bureacracies, trying to negotiate funding for the producers. His advice was simple – ‘Don’t you lose your nerve, Janie’ . This has always stayed with me, and has greatly contributed towards me believing in myself and, when things get tough, to knuckle down and just keep going.” Continue reading

Rural Organics enthusiast, Anika Molesworth, takes us “Into Africa”

Anika Molesworth in AfricaIn September 2006, I traveled to the small West African country of Ghana. After spending the previous six months working as a jillaroo on dusty Queensland cattle stations, the tropical country was a totally new experience. Here I spent three months working in a village primary school. I taught English, science, maths and environmental studies to a class of children from the ages of 10-18 years old. Continue reading