It was on. Then it was off. Then it was on. Then it was off. Ad infinitum.
Despite all that, I haven't stopped working on this project, but I haven't had a solid update to bring you. I have had lots of messages from industry people, individuals concerned for animal welfare (that includes farmers, of course), and people generally interested in the state of the project. Increasing hits per day too, which is great, but my update is not going to be long today.
Continued pressure on livestock producers and exporters has meant people have just had to get on with their work. So many people are living under a cloud of debt and uncertainty right now, creative projects tend to take a back seat at times like this. Unfortunately.
The good news is that the project has taken on a bigger scope. It's now a supply chain audio doco. I'll travel the supply chain and look at all its elements. Things that interest me most are job opportunities in the remote regions of Australia, the producers, pre-embarkation quarantine, ESCAS, AQIS, what happens during loading, the sea voyage, destination feedlotting, Indonesian wet markets, and the consumer. I think these are ultimately the things people want, and need, to know about. This is after all the linear narrative of the live export trade.
There was a wonderful key note speech given by an Aboriginal Elder in Queensland not long ago. He talked about the downward spiral of a large portion of the Indigenous youth in his community, which had been curbed by work on cattle stations which supply the live export trade. I haven't been able to get a transcript, but I'll post it when I do.
Time line on the shipping project now looks to be a couple of months off. But what's a couple of months on a year anyway?
Keep your ideas and messages coming!
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