Our community of Warren is a long way from anywhere .... It is easy to feel like all the important things, the things that really matter, happen elsewhere. Out there somewhere!
Yet, last year, Grace Brennan sat at her kitchen table at Warren and created an Instagram account called @buyfromthebush to support rural communities facing drought.
In its first six weeks, the #buyfromthebush campaign generated $2.6m of revenue for featured businesses and they reported an average increase in visits to their websites of more than 1000 per cent.
"At a time when much is made of the divide between city and country, between the left and right, between big business and small business, the strength of a united community (albeit an online community) has achieved real change. It has opened conversations, lifted spirits, created jobs and undoubtedly saved businesses."
Grace Brennan, 2020 Australia Day Address
Grace Brennan's 2020 Australia Day Address
Footage is courtesy of Sky News. Read the full transcript from the 2020 Australia Day Address.
A proud history
Since 1997 the Address has drawn on distinguished members from within the community to express their unique perspective on our nation’s identity and the diversity of our society. Each year the speaker is encouraged to share their experiences and reflect upon our history and our future, securing the Address as one of the most important Australia Day initiatives.
Speakers from previous years include Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Sir Michael Parkinson CBE, Ita Buttrose AO OBE, Tim Flannery and Kurt Fearnley OAM. Social researcher and bestselling author Hugh Mackay AO delivered the 2019 Australia Day Address. Please visit the Australia Day website for further a full list of previous Address speakers.