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Finding a sense of belonging
Carol: I know when we found out a lot about the history of the land was when Terania was on and we were – I do remember now because of, maybe not this piece of land but I went into the Northern Star office and I went through a whole lot of back Northern Stars and, especially about the Nightcap… Sorry I’m a bit off the track. You’re asking about this farm weren’t you.
That’s when you started to learn about the whole area’s history?
Carol: The area’s history and the road – the letters were taken from Lismore to Murwillumbah along the Nightcap trail. Yeah.
Why did you think that was important to research that?
Carol: Because I wrote a massive, a two page article during the campaign to save the forest, we were trying to promote the historical value, the heritage value, the environmental value….
Leigh: Of the forest?
Carol: Of the forest, every value that existed. The tourist value. Yeah.
Did that protest and all that research and the political activity, did that give you a greater sense of belonging to the area?
Carol: I think everyone’s got a different answer to that. I felt a very strong sense of belonging to this land but … a few years ago I was involved in taking people on week-long walks through the bush – here and living in the bush – all around here. And so we’d go right around the Rim and back and up there and stay in the Forest Meditation Centre.
Jo: On your property?
Carol: No, no.
Leigh: Right round the rim of the valley.
Carol: It was about 60 kilometres, over seven days and I got much more sense of connection with a larger area. That’s very recent. I had to stop it because I was getting too old to do it but I got a much better sense by walking it in that way.
JJ: I think in my ten years, also, that I spent next door, I formed my sense of belonging. It was a funny and very real process – an internal sort of process of not really feeling at ease in the valley. It was very internal but over a few years I, you know, I’ve worked through that. I was here and then established that sense of belonging – internally my, my sense of belonging here. Hearing travellers, or friends that have travelled to different parts of the world, say ‘oh this is the best place in the world’ – so it’s re-enforced that feeling of – or nullifying my sense of curiosity about the rest of the world. I never was all that interested in it anyway, but… Yeah it’s nice to hear that ‘this is where it is at’ from other people.