Angels in the Dust

It is 1978 and the location is off the old Nicholson Road just a few Kilometres west of the WA/NT border.

I am in a hidden valley where many years ago pastoralists built a rock wall and dammed a small creek, the sides of the valley are almost vertical and tall Pandanus palms grow alongside the valley walls.

The creek runs its clear waters through an avenue of trees into the small dam.

I sit on the rock wall and soothe my feet in the cool water and look back up the creek.

I can see the sun making columns of light shining through the trees like miniature stage lights playing on the surface of the water.

Butterflies are swooping in and out of these columns of light like angels on high.

All is quiet and I am at peace.

Now many years later I can still close my eyes, picture the scene and I am at peace.

Our Outback is an amazing place, but what makes it special is at risk. 

"It breaks my heart to leave, but I have no choice."

My family and I have made the hardest of decisions – to leave our home, Nallan Station. We’ve given every last drop of energy, time and money to bring this extraordinary part of WA back to health, but now our time is up.

Outback people need your support. Please sign Michael’s petition asking the WA Government to make the Outback a priority, so that other families aren’t forced to leave.

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    When you sign the petition, an email will be sent to Premier Mark McGowan and Minister for Lands Rita Saffioti to let them know you’ve signed. The email will also be copied to Shadow Minister for Lands Liza Harvey, Leader of the Nationals Mia Davies, and Greens Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Robin Chapple. Click here to read more

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