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Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Occupy Sydney Farmers Defence Rally Thurs April 12th

A Farmers Defence Rally has been called in support of Farmers Chris and Claire who are at

risk of losing their multi generational Farm property thanks to the bastardry and intransigence 

of National Australia Bank  

Where :: 8:30 am at National Australia 

Bank House Level 3, 255 George Street (in the City)  see map (position A)...

Public Transport; near Wynyard Station on George St

then proceeding to Supreme Court at 184 Phillip Street Sydney 2000

Farming Family To Be Evicted During Australian Year of The Farmer 

Chris and Claire Priestley are in a David and Goliath battle against the bank to

 save the farm their family has owned for over one hundred years. After nine 

years of drought and three years of floods many NSW farmers have found 

themselves in debt. However, the National Australia Bank have continued to

 rise interest rates on the Priestley loan to 18% and are tomorrow taking the

 family to the Supreme Court to seek possession of the farm.

This decision by NAB to evict the third generation farming family has stunned 

community members of Walgett NSW where the Priestleys have been working 

on a partnership with the aboriginal community of Brewarrina and Walgett to 

engage in long term indigenous employment programs in agriculture, tourism 

and environmental management. 

A feasibility study is being conducted by the Department of Education, 

Employment and Workplace Relations into the joint venture between the

 Priestley family and the indigenous community organisations. While the draft

 results of this important community venture are due in two weeks the NAB has 

refused to give the family any more time. 

While friends and community members are awaiting news at the Rivers Station

 property near Walgett others have made the trek to Sydney to stage a protest 

outside National Australia Bank House Level 3, 255 George Street at 8:30 am 

tomorrow morning. The supreme court case commences at 9:30 am 184 Phillip 

Street Court 11D. 

“We believe there is a great opportunity here to assist the development of our

 community. In this Year of the Farmer it would be a show of good faith by the 

National Australia Bank to allow our family to at least hear the conclusion of 

this study,” said Claire Priestley

earlier post by Katie Shepherd...


Our earlier post

Occupy Sydney : Year of the Farmer : another Farmer faces Foreclosure by NAB 

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