By this time I was fully awake and enjoying the beauty of the country at this time in the morning. We arrived at Kogan village about 8am, intending to shout ourselves breakfast and coffee at the café. We’d been sent a message via a local that the lady who ran the café was looking forward to meeting us. Unfortunately, it turned out that we were there right when the town was overrun with QGC workers, so somehow our reception at the café was far less warm than we had hoped (the café lady seemed busy and disgruntled), and we decided to go across the road and cook our breakfast in the park beside the community hall.
Our reception at the Monks’ was overwhelming. There were cups of tea for Potts immediately, then slice, and fresh made sultana bread. Brian filled us in on what was happening with CSG around his property. Walking in to Brian’s we had passed what we thought was a large compressor station. It was 4kms from his house, and even though very noisy, apparently did not impact his life. What we learnt from Brian was that there is an additional compressor station four times that size planned to be constructed within 2kms of his home in the future. His concern about the noise and health risks to his family when this happens is very great. Brian and his wife live side by side with his son, daughter-in-law, and seven children under twelve.
The monk family continued to overfeed us for the rest of that day with real and delicious food. Then Potts and Piers tucked into bed that night while I ducked down to Tara base camp to welcome the people who had gathered there to walk with us the next day.
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