My granddaughter's wish

My name is Anthony Houston I’m a farmer from Tasmania.

This is a story about my granddaughter’s wish to save the Great Barrier Reef.

Three weeks ago, my six-year-old granddaughter Evie came up to me and said, “grandad I have asked my class if they could draw pictures of the Great Barrier Reef to give to you to take to Mr Adani”.

Well, this caught me by surprise so I said “does your mother know”. She said “no”.

I said does your teacher know and she said “yes”. Next time I saw her mother, Clare, I asked her whether she knew what Evie was doing, she said yes she did and she was happy with it.

So Evie gave me the drawings from her friends and I headed off from Hobart on the Stop Adani Convoy across to Melbourne then on up to Sydney. 

My family including Evie and her three-year-old sister Mabel, all came to the Stop Adani rally in Sydney with me and met Bob Brown.

Bob sat down on the grass with them both and Evie explained to Bob what her friends had drawn and what each picture meant to her.




When she’d finished Bob asked Evie what she would like him to do, she said “Mr Brown could you take these drawings to Mr Adani and save the Great Barrier Reef and all the fish and the turtles and the koalas.”

Some people might say it’s not right exposing kids as young and Evie and Mabel to such a frightening thing as the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef, but Evie has done this off her own bat, she is not traumatised. In fact, it’s the opposite. She told me she knows the reef is in trouble because the water is too warm and we all have to try and help save it.

Evie and Mabel love coming to the rallies and Evie is very proud that she got on the SBS news the other night and I didn’t.

From a very proud grandad.

Anthony Houston

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  • Melissa Lamrock-George
    commented 2019-07-05 09:30:57 +1000 · Flag
    Perhaps this is the way Mother Nature would like us to ‘sort out’ this mess that we have created? A calm and balanced approach? Anthony’s family members are inspiring role-models who’s actions and open-mindedness represent people who respect education and are not afraid to act on their solid knowledge. It appears that many, particularly in Queensland, have not been exposed to the facts (for political/financial reasons) or they are blocking out reality. They are blindly accepting gross untruths or ignoring the consequences about this catastrophe waiting to happen because it doesn’t suit their back pocket. I am very excited that Evie and Mabel are a generation of ‘doers’ – you’ve got every reason to be proud Anthony! Love your work Bob…my family is with you!
  • Liz Cornock
    commented 2019-05-20 09:32:29 +1000
    Inspiring, there is always hope and expressed so beautifully from someone so young
  • Kerry Brogan
    commented 2019-05-03 19:40:28 +1000
    Beautiful, hope sanity prevails ❤️
  • Janice Hayes
    commented 2019-04-29 13:28:39 +1000
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. Go well.
  • Ross Middleton
    commented 2019-04-25 18:09:26 +1000
    What a great family and thank God for the children ❤