Posted November 03, 2019 11:05:30Cambys are the oldest family in Victoria.
But the way they live and work, with their daily routine and their everyday worries, are changing the way in which we interact with each other and with the land.
We spoke with one Cambry, John, and his wife and granddaughter to hear what it was like growing up on a farm, how they cope with the constant changes, and why it’s important to learn the language of the land before you can do it in the city.
Cambies are a rural community, with a long history of agriculture, cattle ranching and cattle ownership.
The land they’re on is usually very close to the town and the family, so they don’t have to commute from their rural home to the city, which is quite a big deal for them.
John lives in Croydon, in the east of the state, but he and his family have lived in Cairns for most of their lives.
“We’ve been living in Cawthra for about 50 years,” he says.
“I remember going to Cairnland and just thinking how we’d be living in a village for the rest of our lives.”
We had this beautiful garden, which we planted here and now we have two cows and a donkey and horses here.
“Camby John and his grandson.
John lives with his wife, Jane, and their grandchildren in Cambies farm in the state’s northern-most state, Cairncas.
They are in their late 50s, with two children and a granddaughter.
Jane and John are the main earners in the family.
Cody, their oldest son, is a farmer, with his family farming cattle, sheep and vegetables.
He’s also working as a farm labourer.
Despite all the changes, John and Jane still get on well and have an easy time keeping to their farming principles.
It’s important for them to be involved in the community, and they are very involved in community projects.
So much so that they have put their name on a petition in favour of a new local authority to be established on the Cairndays farm.
A new local government will be able to set up a council to provide local services and resources to Cavan-Lorror Cairnda, a small rural community that has struggled financially since the introduction of the National Water Plan in 2017.
Cody and Jane are hoping that the petition will help make it a reality.
There’s also a small community of people who live on Cairnta, and John and John hope that the people will be supportive of the change and will support their new council.
While there’s a lot of work to do, it’s a very exciting time for the community.
I’ve been working on this for years, John says.
It’s been really important for us to have this petition put on the ground and to see the community really get behind it.
John says the change they’re looking for will help them to better manage their land.”
It’s going to give us a little bit of peace and a little more stability for us,” he said.
In the meantime, John is keeping busy with his grandchildren, who are just starting to walk around the farm.”
They’ve been playing and learning,” he laughs.
After a few weeks, they’ve started walking up the hill to get to the new council office.
Next month, Cavanly will be getting its own council office, which will allow them to help local businesses and organisations.
Cavanly is the most remote and poorest of the Cavanndays.
Every day is very hard.
If you ask John what’s important, he says he’s just about getting to the front of the line to get his mail.
At the end of the day, he wants to get back to the farm to help his family.”
If you see the Cawths and you see how they live, you know they’re really happy,” he explained.”
I don’t think there’s any other community that can say that.
“John says that it’s going well, and that he hopes his petition will be successful in the end.”
There’s no way we’re going to make it through that.
It’s just the way it is,” he added.