Seems we have a new Minister for Education in WA. Having had no success with the previous one I will be sending a letter to the new one ('keeping at them' on recommendation from various people - including some politicians) and pushing our cause further. Our strategies have changed - I understand one was recently put forward to be included in a review of school anti-bullying policies in Tasmania. I am waiting to hear the results.
The Stations Book is going brilliantly. Am in the middle of contacting heaps of retired pastoralists and all are being absolutely wonderful. Such lovely, unique people. I have been requested to kick the stations visits off with one of the participating properties in WA in February - to experience the heat along with witnessing the new school year being started by the School of the Air and other distance learning facilities. Also trying to gain support from some of the larger national groups that are affiliated with the outback - offering reciprocations.
Was recently approached to write a new book, which will follow the stations one. This one will be about a maritime disaster which occurred about the same time as the Titanic but was completely overlooked due to the latter. How very tragic. We are trying to do something about it.
And one other new project is in the wind. This idea has come from foreign shores and might already be underway in Australia but I have not heard of anything. More on that later.....