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CENTRAL DISTRICT TIMES, FEBRUARY 14, 2012
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Farm Dog Training
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School life in the
By JOCELYN FANNIN
Heavy licence: Alison Collier driving the road
Dry lands: Brahman steers graze in
Alison Collier works as a teacher mainly on
Bradford Downs, a privately owned company
on the edge of the Kimberleys which runs
about 150,000 cattle on approximately 20
The company owns three stations in West-
ern Australia plus two in Northern Territory.
She lives mainly on Bradford Downs with
Rachel the station owner's wife, the three chil-
dren and the cook.
There are two seasons, wet from November
to April and dry with no rain from April to
As well as teaching Alison loves to explore
with the children and most days they swim in
''We find black cockatoo feathers. There are
lots of birds.
''It is a totally different existence, these kids
are not used to being with people in a city
although the eldest will next year attend
boarding school probably in Sydney or
''It has been a huge adjustment for me.
''A lot of this country has never been
''I'm living in the real outback.
''My drive is a 100 kilometre long dirt track
with two rivers and about 20 creeks to cross
plus gates to open.
''I'm very much enjoying it and have decided
it is not time to come home yet.''
During the dry, around 20 to 30 people
arrive at Bradford Downs to muster the wean-
ers from the cows.
Station owner Stirling
oversees the stock camps
which move from prop-
erty to property. ''There
are truck drivers with
huge road trains, eight
drivers, bore runners
checking water in bores,
helicopter pilots and
most important of all the
cook based at the house.
The day starts at 4am
and finishes around
''Each muster will take
two or three days, plus
driving time. The wean-
ers are sent for live
''We finished school
early at lunch time and
all went out to help.
''It is important for
these children to partici-
pate,'' said outback
teacher Alison Collier.
''They are brought up
in a station atmosphere.
Everywhere the family
quarters but am with
them and eat with them.
''Because they will go
away to boarding school
it is really important for
each child to be well
ahead as this aids their
The children attend
school camps where they
Australian testing in a
School, which they take
over for a week.
The parents all attend
and an excellent speaker
-- last year Maggie Dent
-- is brought in.
At the end of the year
the KSA children
attended a seven-week
intensive course with two hours' swimming
each morning then an end of year concert and
"We did a 'celebration unit' -- dance and art.
The whole thing took me well out of my
''The children also had a sports day with
teams and special shirts.
''I'm really impressed with these teachers.
All teachers work really hard but I'm
impressed with their dedication and
''All the work comes ready-prepared
contained in a bag.''
Alison is fully involved with not just
her charges but station life as well.
''I don't feel isolated as I have been
made to feel part of the family.
''I'm the governess but cook at
''I'm really well looked after and feel
truly blessed to have found this
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