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