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Year in review 2016-2017, Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association



Year in review 2016-2017, Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association


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the landscape to service smaller grazing paddocks. The work, at a scale never before attempted in the Territory, allowed him to dramatically expand his cattle herd. NTCA president Tom Stockwell said John Dunnicliff was held in the highest regard by the pastoral community, John Dunnicliff was one of those grand and lovely old bushmen and industry identities, Tom said. His experience across the length and breadth of this land has left an impression on many districts. His penchant for innovation, questioning how things are done normally and finding better ways of doing things, is the mark that John will leave. I suspect his development of Beetaloo will be a long lasting memorial to his way of thinking and to his efforts of property and herd development throughout his career. He was very generous with his time and thinking. He loved his cattle, land, family and the industry he worked in, and was prepared to give his time to anybody who asked of it. For everything that he had done, he was a very unassuming gentleman. devoted father of their four sons Luke, Tom, Sam and Harry. The following poem was written for Billy and read at his funeral: The Burgundy Blue Hills of Deep Well. M.Flynn 2016 The burgundy blue hills of Deep Well frame the world of the Station Boy. He rises with the Morning Star, whistles his horse, saddles up and rides away. He rides away. The birds are twittering in the mulga trees. Oh how a Station Boy loves the air that he breathes. Pushing the cattle through the scrub, pounding hooves, sweat and dust. Heading for the yards in the hills, oh how a Station Boy is at one with his world. Innovator and Bush Gentleman: John and his family took up Beetaloo Station in the northern Barkly in 2002 following his decades of livestock industry experience on properties in NSW, King Island and the Kimberley. In a huge-scale effort to improve pastoral production on Beetaloo and neighbouring Mangabroom, John committed to installing hundreds of watering points across The Territory pastoral community was shocked by the tragic loss of Deep Well Stations Billy Hayes in mid-July 2016. Billy was farewelled in Alice Springs by more than 1,500 friends and family at a moving ceremony that proved his popularity throughout the Territory and Australia. Billy was the former husband of NTCA CEO Tracey Hayes and Vale Billy Hayes Chief Executive Officer Tracey Hayes described John as a best practice producer, an innovator and a thinker.: John had the courage to blaze trails and break new ground, investing in emerging technologies and methods for land and cattle management. she said. In success or failure he shared his knowledge and learnings, providing practical examples and evidence, inspiring others and leading industry. Former NTCA president, David Warriner said John was always looking for alternatives to the norm and endeavoured to exploit them, usually with success. He was rarely happy with the status quo and it would be safe to say he was an advocate of the quote the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. If John was not satisfied, something was invariably about to change! Family and friends celebrated Johns life at Holy Name Parish at Wahroonga, NSW on 5 April. Vale John Dunnicliff Ill see you in the burgundy blue. In the burgundy blue hills of Deep Well, Ill see you. A legend in his own lifetime, Riding high through the sky. Stirring dust clouds along the Milky Highway. Passing along with a nod and a wave. Ill see you in the burgundy blue. In the burgundy blue hills of Deep Well Ill see you. A spray of bush flowers upon an old bush hat. A thousand souls behind the hearse. Ill ride the last mile with you, to heavens boundary. All hats off to the Station Boy as he rides through. Ill see you in the burgundy blue. In the burgundy blue hills of Deep Well Ill see you. 118 NTCA YEAR IN REVIEW 2016/17

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