The review of the pastoral act was announced in August last year, and initial consultation wrapped up in October. Since then, it's been an 11-month waiting game for our pastoralists.
While the harsh border blockages implemented on August 21 lasted just a week, the mental anguish and emotional toll the decision has had is immeasurable.
MANY residents along the SA-Vic border had been dreading August 21, ever since SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens announced big changes to border restrictions.
Two years ago, wool prices hit record highs, with the Eastern Market Indicator soaring past the 2000 cents a kilogram barrier. Today, things are very different.
Imagine having a mining company pushing to develop an open cut mine on your doorstep, with sections of your land so close they fall in the blast zone.
New water infrastructure doesn't come cheap, and is often needed most when cash flow has all but dried up.
While there is still an exceptionally long road ahead, it's pleasing to hear some SA tourism operators are starting to see visitor numbers slowly pick up again.
The easing of COVID-19 restrictions hasn't been the cause for celebration for many publicans and cafe owners, as we would have hoped.