After twenty-nine years working his farm, Cliff Wallace found himself not only concerned with when the cattle need vaccination or which field needed to be tended but whether his farm would continue to have clean, usable water. With the construction of the Maules Creek Coal Mine in the neighbouring Leard State Forest, Cliff knew from it’s proposal that his livelihood would be at stake. After a year and a half of embracing and participating with a camp of forest blockaders who opposed the mine, his relationship with the protesters became much more personal. Following an eviction form the Narrabri Shire Council, the population o the blockade moved from the forest to Cliff’s back yard. In the midst of fighting for the health of Australian agriculture, Cliff still needed to attend to his everyday farm life, but the reminder of what the future holds was a constant weight that followed him through all his daily tasks.