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Partners With the Land

Cycle C Unit Presentation
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Tim Wright

on 15 July 2010

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PARTNERS WITH THE LAND The Yarra Valley Farm Camp and Visits Lilydale Lake Launch Outback House Cheese Relish Brussel Sprouts Lavender Ron & Bev Australian Primary Industries Tourism Industry Agriculture Petroleum Gold Wheat This is the story of the men and women who built Australia.
The courageous entrepreneurs who, throughout the 19th
century, ventured into the unexplored wilderness of the outback
armed with dreams of making their fortune. The Yarra Valley is the name given to the region surrounding the Yarra River in Victoria, Australia. The river originates in the Yarra Ranges approximately 80 kilometres east of Melbourne and flows towards and into the city of Melbourne and out into Port Phillip. The name Yarra Valley is usually used in reference to the upper regions surrounding the Yarra River and usually does not encompass the lower regions including the city and suburbian areas, where the topography flattens out. It is a popular day-trip and tourist area, partly for the area's natural features but mostly for the local produce, particularly wines. The Yarra Valley wine area is a long established cooler climate region with excellent Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and Sparkling Wine being made. It is home to many good quality wineries as well as the popular Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail. Agriculturally, the term is mainly applied to the agricultural area east of Melbourne rather than the lower reaches in the suburbs of Melbourne itself, and the upper reaches which are in inaccessible bushland. Meet the Smiths: Nestled in picturesque Fish Creek, respected organic dairy farming pioneers and founding co-operative members, Ron and Bev Smiths’ farm is 86 hectares in size and recently added an adjoining fifteen hectares.

Ron started milking cows for his family at the young age of 15 while Bev spent her first two years on a dairy farm. Following a career in herd testing, Bev met Ron during her work in Gippsland. They married in 1970 and share-farmed until 1978, and then leased their current farm with an option to purchase. The Smiths have a large family of eleven children who all grew up on the farm. The primary sector of the economy involves changing natural resources into primary products.
Most products from this sector are considered raw materials for other industries. Major businesses
in this sector include agriculture, agribusiness, fishing, forestry and all mining and quarrying
industries.

The manufacturing industries that aggregate, pack, package, purify or process the raw materials
close to the primary producers are normally considered part of this sector, especially if the raw
material is unsuitable for sale or difficult to transport long distances. When God created Adam from the dust (the Hebrew word for ‘earth’ is adama), the very name He gave symbolised the close connection with the land.

God’s intention for humanity is that we oversee his creation, allowing it to flourish so that we too may be blessed. But it’s not a matter of just sitting back. Instead we work in partnership with the land, developing and transforming it.

Transforming requires discernment and care, if it is to be in accord with God’s purposes. We have to exercise God-given judgment and wisdom as we decide how to guide the development of creation. Mankind’s fall into sin has made this an even more complex task than it was at the beginning.

The curse of sin is clearly seen in our relationship with the land. Insensitivity to our environment, misusing our resources and basing our decisions purely on economic gain demonstrates an imbalance in the intended relationship. With God’s help, we should endeavour to restore this imbalance.
Mrs Witt - 7C Miss Hilder - 8C Mr Wright - 9C Yarra Valley Dairy makes fine quality handmade farmhouse cheeses. Their farm is located in the Yarra Valley which is one of the premium wine and dairy regions of Australia. They use the milk from their farm to produce fresh and matured cheeses which are available from their cheese shop and throughout Australia. BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE Join the occupants of Oxley Downs as they step back
into 1861 and attempt to run a successful sheep station
as squatters on Crown land. YOUR TEACHERS FOR CYCLE C
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