Our first overnight with such a small group was at Stoney Park Lodge, generously provided by Hastings Area Nuclear Free Alliance, then on to Port Macquarie. Phil from HANFA joined us at morning tea and walked the rest of the way into Port. That evening there was a reception at the CWA rooms where a great meal was shared. Ian Oxenford spoke about his newly elected position with the Greens and Tin Hta Nu of her role as an activist for Democracy Restoration in Burma. That night we were billeted with Barbara and Gary and Drusi, both homes gave us a warm comfortable nights rest.
The next morning we had a meeting with the Federal Member for Lyne, Rob Oakeshott followed by a media event with Prime News. We were also planning to have a radio interview with ABC in Port Macquarie, but they maintained their reputation of not interviewing people who were advocating for the environment or social justice.
On to North Haven through a beautiful part of the world, where I solo walked along the beach for about 4 klms, meeting people who had seen us walking to and through Port Macquarie and were keen to hear more of our journey. I really enjoyed the time to ponder on the ups and downs of this venture and put it into perspective. I am overwhelmed by the generosity, love and support from such a diverse range of people. I believe a big percentage of Australians are concerned about our land and really want an alternative to digging and ravaging the earth. Its how to get the message out, that there are viable alternatives, and hopefully this walk, in a small way, is doing that.
In North Haven Maggie generously put us up in her family holiday home. A magnificent meal was prepared by Jean and about 12 wonderful people entertained us until we couldn’t keep our eyes open.
Our next night saw us camping beside a National Park just out of Coopernook. Our facilities consisted of a table and benches, toilet, millions of mossies and VERY noisy neighbours. Crying babies and barking dogs continued throughout the night, so we were keen to move on very early the next morning.
Love, joy and peace June