The Woop Woop March
The Woop Woop March - Franklin Horses Ride from Glenugie to Canberra
So what have we achieved by
riding to Canberra?
It has been said that we barely
caused a ripple in Canberra, and while its true that only a handful of Greens
senators and the Man in the Big Hat (Bob Katter) came out of the big house to
greet us, we were never naive enough to think that a few horses on the lawn was
going to make the politicians listen.
What we found more telling was
those who didn't come out.
Though many were invited, not one Nationals member
would come out to greet the farmers who had ridden 1300km to see them. They all
knew we were there and they all knew why .... our presence was felt in
Parliament that day and though it was only a ripple, that ripple was felt.
The people, not the politicians were who we reached
on our journey. We met hundreds of people along the way and with the help of the
horses we touched every single one of them.
We talked, we listened, we laughed and we sang, all
the while carrying one simple message "Clean water is our most Valuable
Resource". It was a message that everyone understood, from farmers, to
schoolkids, to miners and businessmen, non could deny the need for clean water.
All along the way we heard stories and saw first
hand the effects of mining on small communities. Even as we trekked for days on
end through the coal mining heartland, we were warmliy welcomed and never once
was our message shunned or ridiculed.
Upon reaching Canberra we found our message had
preceded us and many had seen us already on the ACT 7:30 Report. We received
much congratulation and encouragement and stirred much more interest as we rode
through the streets of the Nations Capital.
We didn't hide in the back streets but marched
proudly through roundabouts and traffic lights to the front door of Parliament
House. Thousands of people saw the horses that day, not just at Parliament House
but all through the City as we took advantage of the beautiful riding
opportunities that Canberra has to offer.
Again we talked and laughed, spread our message and
voiced our concerns. We showed Canberra who we are and what we are about.
Good people, real people with real concerns for the
Our journey was never an easy one but it was always
an amazing adventure. We were constantly humbled by the people we met. Generous
caring people who helped us every step of the way.
The horses drew people in and helped spread the word
in ways we could never have imagined.
They are the Heroes of this Clean Water Crusade.
So what did we achieve?
We all challenged ourselves and succeeded, we
reached many people and most of all, we caused a ripple. We hope that we have
inspired others to stand up in whatever way they can.
Be it writing a letter to your MP, signing a
petition, joining a lobby group like Knitting Nannas or Lock the Gate, rallying,
protesting, or demonstrating in any way.
We have the right to object.....
It is our duty to stand up and say NO however we
can. We are nothing special so if we can do this, what can you do?
Enough ripples can cause a tsunami.......
Organiser Donna Franklin said they had been protesting quite a bit up at Grafton
way but the pollies weren’t listening because they live out woop woop, so they
reckoned they'd take woop woop to the big smoke.
With their nine horses and support vehicle, The Woop Woop March participants
Brendon Lavis, Sam Conderman,
Marnie Conderman, Mick Franklin, and Donna Franklin left on September 21 with
the aim of arriving in the last week of November before Parliament House closes
The horses are: Gary, Chesty, Commanche,
Blue, Baldy, Brownie, Piggy and Milo. Jawsy went home. A couple of dogs, Lilly
and Rusty came along for the first couple of weeks. Now they have a kitten named
Dumpy rescued at the Glen Davis dump.
Frustrated by the march of coal seam gas mining in the Clarence Valley and
majorly concerned about their water sources, and after failed attempts at
protesting in Grafton, the group decided the best option was to front up to the
They have a swag of letters from people in the Clarence Valley and Northern
Rivers, and picked up more along the way to present to the pollies when they
reach Parliament House.
Ms Franklin said they hope the government will consider the importance of
agricultural farming and the importance of clean water.
“We’re trying to promote common sense, we’re not against mining just the way
they operate,” she said.
“We want equal rights for farmers.”
These blokes and sheilas ain't rich cow cockies so if you
can pass around the hat ...
Account Name: Franklin Horses
BSB: 704 328
Account No: 231 836
From woop woop to Canberra
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