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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week we’re joined by Dr Randall Greenberg, the Chief Medical Officer of the Royal Flying Doctor Service’s South Eastern section. He shares some of the cases he’s seen and how keeping his own team safe is his first priority, as they deal with everything from remote airstrips to wayward kangaroos. He also talks about how keeping safe in this huge country of ours takes a bit of planning and a bit of common sense, especially when you realise that if you do get into trouble, medical care could be several hours away.
In July 2015, Woorinen in Victoria was hit hard when their sporting clubrooms were destroyed by fire. Sport is such a pivotal part of social cohesiveness in regional communities and especially in Woorinen, where a day out watching the kids have a hit, catching up with friends and volunteering at the canteen is a weekly fixture for many families.
President of the Woorinen Cricket Club, Dean Morpeth, spoke with Kendi Burness-Cowan about the importance of sport in this thriving community and how locals banded together to rebuild both their clubrooms and their club.
This week we hear about a new initiative in regional South Australia that gives a group of selected young athletes access to elite trainers. Tony Elletson, Coordinator at the Limestone Coast Regional Sporting Academy, says that for people in the area, this kind of access to specially trained coaches is largely hindered by distance, and the program will give the opportunity to develop their sporting talent as well as give them the skills required to make it in professional sport.
We chat with George Hill this week – one of the players representing Australia in this month’s World Polo Championship being held from the 21st to the 29th of October.
It’s been a long and winding road for George and his love for the game of polo. He currently lives near Mitchell, QLD and manages a cattle property, but in order to play George will travel 5 hours south to North Star in NSW. George has recently arrived in Windsor, NSW, to prepare with the Australian team for the World Championship.
George took some time out from training to talk to us about his dedication to polo, being selected for the World Championship, and the adventures he’s been on so far – including some years working for the Packer family’s Ellerston stables.
This month's Regional Voices is supported by Commonwealth Bank.
AFL is a community sport – it brings people together and, for communities in the Pilbara, acts like a social glue. AFL Regional Development Manager for the region, Vicki Agnew, sees it as a tool to help with social issues and has an important role in helping empower young women and men in the area. It also gives the older generation a sense of purpose and pride through their own involvement.
This week we speak with Anne Lewis, someone who is truly inspirational.
Anne forged a career that was worlds away from the paths most other women were on, first as a pilot in the Women’s Air Force and later as one of very few female commercial pilots. Now 90 and living in Burnie, Tasmania, she is still actively involved with the local aeroclub, including regular jaunts in a plane.
Anne chatted with Kendi Burness-Cowan about some of her adventures and why she thinks age and gender should not be a barrier to choosing what is important in life.
This week we speak with Dave Walker, a man who started his working life as an electrician, became a social worker, tried retirement for three weeks then at 67 opened up a blacksmithing business in Cargo, New South Wales.
Dave talks about the need for sharing skills with young people and why a backyard across the road from a pub is the perfect spot for his business.