Donald Graham Cranney was born in Goondiwindi on the first of March, 1945. At 6 years of age his father had a serious heart attack and was told if he kept working on the land he would be dead in nine months. He therefore decided to retire to Toowoomba, but his retirement lasted only three weeks! He returned to the farm and died when Donald was 15 years of age.
At school, they had high standards and if you couldn’t get 8 out of 10 you would receive the cane. It wasn’t until years later that the condition called dyslexia was discovered.
For grade 7 and 8 Donald attended the Church of England Preparatory School in Toowoomba. It was through the different teaching methods, sporting opportunities, and positive productive relationships at this school that Donald gained confidence and enhanced learning which enabled him further sporting opportunities.
Donald completed his Junior high school certificate at Gatton Agricultural College; he played in the under 19 rugby in Brisbane and represented Queensland in athletics, holding the under 17 record for 100 metres. After this he did a sheep & Wool diploma at Brisbane TAFE where he graduated in the early 1960s.
Returning to the farm at Yelarbon in the early to mid-1960s he ran mainly sheep and some cattle for many years; setting up an irrigation system and fattening and feed-lotting lambs. In 1970 Donald Cranney married Susan Duncombe in Moree. They lived on a property at Goondiwindi and raised three children, who are now married, and have a total of six grandchildren. Their occupations include Veterinarian, Teaching, Landscape Gardening, Wheat, Cattle, Barley and Chick pea farming, and University Lecturing.
In the 1980s Donald shifted the old Goondiwindi hospital onto his current property at Yelarbon for a tourist/ Christian camp site and ran this in conjunction with the farm for some years.
When asked what his interest was in running in this election, Donald said, “I am passionate about giving the farmers a fair go and growing our rural towns. If there was a superphosphate subsidy and encouragement to help famers build exclusion fences this would radically improve the viability of farms in the New England area. The fertiliser would encourage clover growth in winter reducing the requirements for farmers to feed stock and create a better soil environment. A change in marketing policy would also help farmers by making the most of technology. The current concept of the Inland Railway will assist in opening up marketing opportunities, especially if it goes from Goondiwindi to Gladstone instead of the proposed route to Brisbane. This will help farmers trade their produce into Asia, especially wool, lamb and goats, from New England. I would love to see the area from Kingaroy to Scone showcased along the New England Highway, with a view to selling our beautiful products and promoting tourism.
I believe also in maximising the benefits that water can provide for this area, including damming and turning back the coastal rivers inland to produce hydroelectricity and small crops.”
Donald Cranney declared he is standing for Rise Up Australia Party in this election because he believes in their Christian values.