Third Meeting: Thursday, 23 July 2020
Special Guest: Adrienne Hall, NQ Dry Tropics
Our second guest speaker, Adrienne Hall, Senior Grazing Officer for NQ Dry Tropics spoke to us about growing up in North Queensland where her father managed large cattle stations. She raised her family around Roma and has finally come full circle and returned to the North. Her role in NQ Dry Tropics comes with many challenges, not only is the area vast, communication and education are her main roles within the organisation. Within the organisation, she has started a Women’s Group to address the social isolation experienced by remoteness. Educating children, industry regulations, daughters and daughter’s-in-law and how they fit in these rural family businesses, are just some of the discussions they are having. She also noted the changes she has witnessed on returning home, notably how sociable the area was when she was young. Where regular football and cricket matches, race meetings and various other events were the glue that made communities, now there is hardly anything to attend (even pre COVID). Under the banner Landholders Driving Change (LDC), she also educates and assists graziers through many obstacles, like mining (Adani mine is in her area) chemical runoff into the reef, and the vast array of industry associated with NQ.