On Monday night 1stAugust members of the Goondiwindi Historical Society met with a tour group from Texas U.S.A. who are part of the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership Group (Tall).
Tall is a practical two-year programme, based in Texas USA and led by Professor Mazurkiewicz (Dr. Jim). This programme enables men and women from all aspects of the Agricultural Community to develop skills necessary for leadership at local, state and national levels and to put those skills into practice.
The reason for the meeting came from the organizers in Texas who wanted to hear about the early history of Goondiwindi and include community discussion in regard to the dynamics of change in rural communities.
Diane Cairns recounted aspects of the early history and development of Goondiwindi. Then Tom Woods, of Billa Billa, told the group of his families involvement in the development of Billa Billa from 1938 when his Father acquired the property and how the Woods family have diversified into many other agricultural ventures which enables their business to keep pace with current economic changes.
The evening was a great success and the interaction between the groups was enjoyable and informative.
While in the Goondiwindi Regional Council area the tour group visited the Texas show where they had a great time. They also visited the Namoi Cotton Gin, Beefwood, Weebollabolla, Sapphire Feedlot and Archer’s Pastoral Grazing Business before travelling to Dalby.