Reigniting education with robots

February 21, 2018
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Christine Roberts-Yates leads the Disability Unit at Murray Bridge High School in South Australia. In 2017, Christine was recognised for her outstanding contribution to education and won a Commonwealth Bank Teaching Award. Since beginning her role, which educates students with moderate to severe intellectual and multiple disabilities, Christine has introduced a technology rich learning environment, including socially assistive robots. She has established work experience placements, school-based apprenticeships, and animal-assisted therapy, resulting in students maximising their learning potential and transforming the unit into one of Australia’s pre-eminent disability educational settings.

When farm finances need a rethink

February 15, 2018
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Chris Wheatcroft is the CEO of the Rural Financial Counselling Service of WA. He leads a team of people across Western Australia who help bring farmers and farming communities into improved financial situations by educating them on better business practices.

Chris talks to Kendi Burness-Cowan about what brings farmers to financial counselling and how it’s never too late to have hope for a good outcome.

Opening opportunities on King Island

February 8, 2018
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Our guest this week, Helen Thomas, is the Economic Development Officer at the King Island Council. She tells us about the grant King Island has received from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal to pilot a vocational TAFE course for interested young adults to help build the local skillset, especially in industries where there’s great growth potential.

Horses For Courses

January 31, 2018
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Tiani Cook lives on Suplejack Downs Station in the Tanami Desert, 1000km from Darwin. She’s also the President of the Northern Territory Isolated Children's Parents' Association, so she knows a bit about educating kids in rural Australia.

Last year, Tiani and her friend spent a month in the saddle riding on horseback from Suplejack Downs to Darwin to raise funds and awareness for children in remote areas of Australia who face barriers every day to get schooling.

Best of 2017 - John Wagner

January 23, 2018
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During January Regional Voices is featuring four great stories we covered in 2017.

In February we spoke to John Wagner, whose family did something pretty amazing to support the future of their region – they built an airport.

Digging into their own pockets and their own property, John and his family built an airport capable of landing jumbos just outside Toowoomba. The new airport is a driving factor in the Regional Australia Institute’s projection of a $10b expansion in the local economy over the next 15 years.

In this episode, John spoke to Kendi Burness-Cowan on how the Wagners went from talking about building an airport to opening one in the space of just a few years, and why vision and courage are essential for the future of regional Australia.

Best of 2017 - Fleur McDonald

January 16, 2018
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During January Regional Voices is featuring four great stories we covered in 2017.

In November we spoke to Fleur McDonald, one of Australia’s best known authors and particularly well loved by readers in rural and regional Australia who enjoy the authentic regional settings of her stories. 

Fleur told Kendi Burness-Cowan her fascinating tale of shadowing the Queensland Police Major & Organised Crime Squad (Rural).  

In the country, we tend to think we’re relatively safe from crime, but as Fleur found, this isn’t always the case.  

In this great interview she talks everything from stock theft to laser beams to cyber crime – and her plans for her beloved character Detective Dave Burrows.

Best of 2017 - Dr Anthony Lowe

January 11, 2018
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With an average of 20,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer each year and a staggering 3,300 of these resulting in death, detecting prostate cancer early is vital – yet many men look after their cars better than their own health. Dr Anthony Lowe shares the common facts of prostate cancer, how it’s diagnosed and why men in rural and regional Australia have a 25% less chance of survival than their city neighbours.

Best of 2017 - Simone Kain

January 8, 2018
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During January Regional Voices will feature 4 great stories we covered in 2017.

In March we spoke with Simone Kain, who had recently won the South Australian RIRDC Rural Women’s Award for her work teaching kids – and grown ups – about Australian agriculture through her George the Farmer stories.

 

Rachel powers a future for Tasmanian regional tourism

December 27, 2017
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Rachel Power owns Waterfalls Café in Mt Field National Park, just over an hour's drive from Hobart, and won Tasmania’s 2017 Innovator of the Year award for her innovative approach to marketing the café and the attractions of the area. Her work has helped to see park visitation grow by almost 90%, and has also opened up employment opportunities for a community facing a troubling unemployment rate - from a staff of 1, Rachel's team will be 30 strong this season.

Innovative farming saves on water and labour costs

December 21, 2017
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Cotton grower James Barlow, a young farmer by farm industry standards, has embraced innovative technology through irrigated cropping. Today he irrigates 1,600 acres all from his smart device which not only saves on water but labour as well.

Changing the regional innovation game

December 15, 2017
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Simone has become a leading spokesperson for innovation in regional Australia. She developed the phone app, 365 Cups, from her home in Wagga Wagga, NSW, which now has 45,000 users across Australia and New Zealand, and has also developed a co-working space in the regional city.

Turning stone into soil

December 6, 2017
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This week we chat with Tim Pannell, who is quite literally a mover and shaker in Australia’s agricultural industry. When Tim invented the “Reefinator,” it addressed a major challenge for producers in Western Australia – areas on properties that couldn’t be farmed because of hard, rocky land. The Reefinator is machine that makes it cost effective and easy to convert that rock into arable land, and are now all over Australia.

Learning bushfire safety in schools

November 28, 2017
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This week, we talk bushfire safety with Anglesea Primary School principal, Pamela Sandlant. Together with the local fire service and the community, the school developed the award-winning “Survive & Thrive” program, which teaches children how to be bushfire aware and understand bushfire safety. Better still, the students then teach what they’ve learnt to visiting schools and the broader community with their presentations.

Shelling out the safety tips

November 22, 2017
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With Christmas just around the corner, Australians are gearing up to buy and eat a huge amount of seafood. Kendi Burness-Cowan talked to Andrew Puglisi from Kinkawooka Shellfish on the Eyre Peninsula about safely producing, transporting, choosing and cooking seafood. Kinkawooka specialises in mussel production and Andrew shares his tips for getting the best product and his favourite recipe.

Livestock, lasers and life on the land

November 15, 2017
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Fleur McDonald is one of Australia’s best known authors, and is particularly well loved by readers in rural and regional Australia, who enjoy the authentic regional settings of her stories. 

This week Fleur tells Kendi Burness-Cowan her fascinating tale of shadowing the Queensland Police Major & Organised Crime Squad (Rural).  

In the country, we tend to think we’re relatively safe from crime, but as Fleur found, this isn’t always the case.  

In this great interview she talks everything from stock theft to laser beams to cyber crime – and tells us about her plans for her beloved character Detective Dave Burrows.