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Harassed Permies

Hello all,

This is my first post to the mailgroup, so I will apologise in 
advance for any stuff ups I make. They are not intentional, either in 
this message or future messages and relate entirely to my own 
incompetence. I will also apologise now for spelling.

I am looking to see if anyone has had a similar experience to that of 
my friends and I, trying to establish a permaculture property in New 
South Wales, Australia.

In the time we have been trying to do this, since 1984, we have 
become the targets of harassment from various people in the local 
community. We have always gone out of our way to assist the community 
and to avoid any difficulties. And most of the people concerned have 
had little to do with us anyway, so it isnt like we have upset them.

The harassment has included killing of livestock (which led to a 
local police officer facing charges of perverting the course of 
justice) and last week, the caravans at the farm were doused in 
diesel and set alight. Total damages bill, around $50000, possibly 

We are having a meeting in the next few days to decide if the best 
option is to rebuild or to move to another district.

If this is widespread sort of thing, then I guess moving solves 
nothing. If it is isolated, then it does solve something.

So is this the sort of thing that is happening to others?

Paul Gill
Canberra Australia