SHE had “everything [she] ever wanted” but then drought forced the difficult choice to sacrifice most of it.
The decision to “backtrade” is a strong theme when Jenn Sansom recounts the past few months, but shes not complaining and shes not looking back.
The horse trainer and “small fry” cattle producer saw the writing on the wall and pulled up sticks from Halls Creek in March.
Now living in Coonabarabran, shes given up her dream property but says “its pointless looking back”.
“Im a person who, once Ive made decision, right or wrong youve gotta live with the decision youve made,” she said.
Ms Sansom bought her place at Halls Creek in 2010, when “grass was leaping out of the ground”.
She had a job in Tamworth to help pay the bills; and she established her own business with clinicians and trainers using her horse accommodation and arenas to run clinics. She also set up a shearing shed.
Those exciting years came to a screeching halt and it all became too hard: the 40km commute to and from town on an unsealed road, earning money to scrape by paying for feed, with no end in sight.
“I realised it just wasnt going to rain and this was it.”
Im better off than most
She sold up whatever she could – her property, all of her calves – and moved to 130 acres at Coonabarabran, where she know no one.
“Im in a way better situation than other people, so I cant complain,” she said.
“But if I hadnt moved when I moved, I would have ended up with no stock, a desolate place with no rain and no quality of life.
“At end of day, Im closer to 60 than I am to 50, and you have to make decisions about what you can and cant do.”
Luckily, Ms Sansom found Coonabarabran to be “a great town – happy I chose it”.
She has held on to 20 breeding Angus cows, as well as eight broodmares, two registered heritage stock horse stallions and two saddle geldings.
“We haven't had any decent rain in three months … but I was blessed inasmuch as the fellow I bought [the Coonabarabran property] off hadnt flogged it out,” she said.
“There was a lot of dry plains grass, and we managed to fill the shed up with big oaten squares.”
Ms Sansom said some were unable or reluctant to make those tough choices to downsize, destock or even move, but she was a practical person and had a lot to be positive about after her choice.
“Where I am now, Ive got a roof over my head, a part-time job in town 10km away, a tar-sealed road and Ive still got my animals, so Im better off than most … [I just] hope to God one day it rains.”
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Australia resists calls for tougher climate targets
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has resisted pressure to set more ambitious carbon emission targets while other major nations vowed deeper reductions to tackle climate change.
Addressing a global climate summit, Mr Morrison said Australia was on a path to net zero emissions.
But he stopped short of setting a timeline, saying the country would get there “as soon as possible”.
It came as the US, Canada and Japan set new commitments for steeper cuts.
US President Joe Biden, who chaired the virtual summit, pledged to cut carbon emissions by 50-52% below 2005 levels by the year 2030. This new target essentially doubles the previous US promise.
By contrast, Australia will stick with its existing pledge of cutting carbon emissions by 26%-28% below 2005 levels, by 2030. That’s in line with the Paris climate agreement, though Mr Morrison said Australia was on a pathway to net zero emissions.
“Our goal is to get there as soon as we possibly can, through technology that enables and transforms our industries, not taxes that eliminate them and the jobs and livelihoods they support and create,” he told the summit.
“Future generations… will thank us not for what we have promised, but what we deliver.”
Australia is one of the world’s biggest carbon emitters on a per capita basis. Mr Morrison, who has faced sustained criticism over climate policy, said action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would focus on technology.
The prime minister said Australia is deploying renewable energy 10 times faster than the global average per person, and has the highest uptake of rooftop solar panels in the world.
Mr Morrison added Australia would invest $20bn ($15.4bn; 11.1bn) “to achieve ambitious goals that will bring the cost of clean hydrogen, green steel, energy storage and carbon capture to commercial parity”.
“You can always be sure that the commitments Australia makes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are bankable.”
Australia has seen growing international pressure to step up its efforts to cut emissions and tackle global warming. The country has warmed on average by 1.4 degrees C since national records began in 1910, according to its science and weather agencies. That’s led to an increase in the number of extreme heat events, as well as increased fire danger days.
Ahead of the summit, President Biden’s team urged countries that have been slow to embrace action on climate change to raise their ambition. While many nations heeded the call, big emitters China and India also made no new commitments.
“Scientists tell us that this is the decisive decade – this is the decade we must make decisions that will avoid the worst consequences of the climate crisis,” President Biden said at the summit’s opening address.
Referring to America’s new carbon-cutting pledge, President Biden added: “The signs are unmistakable, the science is undeniable, and the cost of inaction keeps mounting.”
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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms
The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.
The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.
All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.
It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.
British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.
The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.
The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.
It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.
“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.
“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”
The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.
It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.
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