Pilliger Push: Women fined after locking to Santos gates in Narrabri against CSG company bullying

A 26 year old woman from Newcastle locked herself to the gates of the Santos Depot in Narrabri, North West NSW to highlight the ongoing struggle against gas companies faced by landholders in Queensland and New South Wales. Laura Smith has taken this action to honour the life of George Bender, a well respected farmer … Continue reading Pilliger Push: Women fined after locking to Santos gates in Narrabri against CSG company bullying

Desert songs

Wonderful songs of country genre, with beautifully conceived liner notes added by Andy … watch, listen, read and enjoy … the central desert always calls you back …

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Riding through India’s Rajasthani Desert for a couple of days on the back of a camel, I thought often about the Australian desert and its endless red horizons. It’s a few years since I’ve been there, something I look forward to changing this year. But contemplating the landscape and how we relate to it, I also thought of three amazing songs that all encapsulate that desert in different ways.

John Williamson and Warren H Williams – Raining On The Rock

Warren H Williams is an Arrernte man from Hermannsburg in Central Australia. His father Gus was also a well-known country singer. In Raining On The Rock (co-written with country music legend John Williamson), he takes us to the desert; to “come out of the Mulga where the plains forever roll, and Albert Namatjira has painted all the scenes”.

Like the famous watercolour painter, Warren finds a sense of belonging in the desert…

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