'My father tells me I'm reinventing Ridley's stripper from 1850.' Mat Crosbie
Mat Crosbie, farmer and rural journalist, moved to The Willows near Tarcutta as a child with his parents. Matt is very interested in native grasses and perennial pastures. Hilly areas on the farming and grazing property retain diverse grassy woodland plant communities.
Mat picked up engineering skills and an inventing flair from his father. In the late 1990s, he saw a native grass seed harvester in operation near Cooma on the southern tablelands of New South Wales, and decided to build one himself. Mat used new and recycled parts including brushes from a road and transport authority street sweeper, wheels from an old Ford, parts of a lawn mower and PVC pipe. Towed behind a ute, the device brushes and blows ripe seed from tussocks.
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