However, even though a lot of them will come along, it’s still hard. It’s challenging organising. Sometimes I think it’s just about picking a time that suits people. I live more than 20 kilometres out of town, so it’s over a 40km round trip to go to all these things. I’ve found the group challenging also because it’s hard to get people involved passionately. They will come and do things, and wave banners. But not all people are so passionate. They’ve always got something more going on: “I’ve got to do this, got to do that”. I don’t think they realise or accept that it’s such a huge issue.
I do get tired of it. But to get up and keep going I just have a look at the Galilee Basin, the building of it and I just think that is not happening. You have to stop it.
At work I’ve been in management and I feel that I’ve been quietly aware of my capabilities, because I’ve been very confident in my professional career. But I don’t think I would stand for Councillor or politics as I wouldn’t have the confidence. I’ve probably always stepped back outside of work. I’m just happy to be in every action that is happening. I am happy to research. I am happy to write politicians, ring politicians. Just be right there in their face.
But coming up here is, from a community perspective seeing the young people and thinking yes, there is a lot of young people. And I’ve also thought we just have to really go for it now. It’s got to be frontline action. I think frontline works if you can get media attention from it. And the thing with social media today, you can put it out there, and what you see is people really respond to it. I think they’re very happy that someone is out there fighting this.
Almost all of my sisters and brothers are all very supportive. Lisa’s been arrested a number of times, Susan’s been arrested: all the cousins say, those Aunties are at it again!
My daughter is totally with us. Lisa’s daughter is too. So, mostly they are very environmentally aware and doing things. The young people are right into it. I’ve been so impressed coming up here. I think there’s hope. I don’t know how many, what percentage they are of young people here on camp, but they are just passionate.