Learn about the Australian cotton industry from the growers who produce the crop.
Alana Brosnan says the cotton industry significantly contributes to the St George community.
“As a family, we’ve been growing cotton for 10 years; we’re off a dryland block, [and] it is one of the more profitable crops.
“As a girl from the city myself, I had no idea how cotton was grown; I didn’t understand how the water worked, I didn’t understand anything about the cotton. But now I’m here from go-to-woe, and I have a total understanding.
“The misconception is the water.
“We are so conservative with our use of water, and we are so conscious of recycling our water off every field, and I don’t think people quite understand that.
“I’ve seen what the cotton industry contributes to our local community. They donate to the local swim club; they donate to the local schools, the P&Cs, to better our communities.
“If the cotton industry was to shut down in St George, we’d most probably go back to one school, there wouldn’t be Little Athletics, there wouldn’t be swim club, and there wouldn’t be your local cricket club.
“I invite anyone to come out and see what we do out here.”