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Voice of Real Australia
Discover new people, places and perspectives with Voice of Real Australia. Each episode showcases stories from rural and regional Australia. A podcast from ACM -- Australia's largest independent media network.
4 days ago
Latrobe Valley demise a warning as Australia moves away from coal
For over 100 years coal has ruled Latrobe Valley. But now as power stations close down the community is being left behind. The people of Latrobe offer themselves as a warning of what happens when a transition fails. Read the transcript: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7247034/ Produced by Laura Corrigan and Tom Melville.
Apr 27, 2021
Port Arthur massacre first responders speak after 25 years
The mass murder of 35 people at Port Arthur is a difficult subject to broach in Tasmania, the shooting is surrounded by an unofficial vow of silence. But some people think we should talk about it, in order to help the country heal. We spoke to first responders who were there 25 years ago, some of which have never spoken publicly about the tragedy before. *_Trigger warning: this podcast contains descriptions of violence and discusses suicide and Post-traumatic stress disorder. If you need someone to speak to call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636._* Read the article: https://www.examiner.com.au/story/7226899/ Get the transcript: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7229673/ This podcast is produced by Laura Corrigan and Tom Melville.
Apr 14, 2021
Community power play: Towns making their own electricity
The way Australia produces electricity is changing. The traditional one-way, centralised market is being disrupted. Small communities are taking part in their energy future, getting together to produce electricity in their own towns. These communities want cheaper, cleaner electricity as well as local opportunities, and they’re tired of waiting. Read the story: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7208720/ Get the transcript: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7209759/ Produced by Tom Melville, Laura Corrigan and Ethan Hamilton.
Mar 31, 2021
Indigenous agriculture: Can native crops heal our country?
Before wheat was wheat, it was an introduced grass. Every year it battles our fickle climate. But we do have native grasses that First Nations Australians have cultivated for years, like kangaroo grass. There are experiments taking place around the country, led by First Nations people, to test the viability of native plants as a sustainable, desirable and profitable crop. Get the transcript: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7189998/ This podcast was produced by Laura Corrigan and Tom Melville.
Mar 17, 2021
Beaudesert's heritage saleyard stands up to council bulldozing
A beloved pig and calf saleyard in Beaudesert, south east Queensland, was recently given heritage status. But in an unusual case, Scenic Rim Regional Council is challenging the heritage listing. The move has outraged some members of the community leading to calls for an investigation into the dealings of the council. Get the transcript: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7171502/ Produced by Laura Corrigan and Tom Melville.
Mar 3, 2021
PEP 11 gas rigs loom on the horizon, and Launceston stuck in the mud
Offshore gas rigs have been touted as a solution for the pandemic recession and energy transition. But the PEP 11 exploration licence has received a lot of opposition from coastal communities in NSW. And Launceston tries to find a balance between environment and lifestyle as it grapples with mud build up in the Tamar River. Read the article: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7150139/disgraceful-shocking-indigenous-community-appalled-over-gas-plans/ Get the transcript: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7154490/voice-of-real-australia-episode-13-transcript/ This episode was produced by Laura Corrigan and Tom Melville.
Mar 2, 2021
Voice of Real Australia Presents: Talk of the Times
Dr Liz Allen is now a top academic at the ANU in Canberra, but she might have ended up in the gutter with a needle in her arm. From the Canberra Times, Talk of The Times is a weekly podcast in which journalists Alex Crowe and Steve Evans dissect the news from Canberra and beyond. Listen and subscribe to Talk of the Times: https://urlgeni.us/TimesPod
Feb 17, 2021
What's killing our Snow Gums?
The iconic snow gum is dying out. Scientists believe a beetle is killing off the trees in the Snowy Mountains and throughout the region. But it's not clear why the trees have become vulnerable, nor how to stop the dieback. If the snow gum were lost it would impact an entire ecosystem. We investigate. Get the transcript: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7128590/voice-of-real-australia-episode-12-transcript/ Read the story: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7129513/whats-killing-the-snow-gums/ This episode was produced by Laura Corrigan and Tom Melville.
Feb 3, 2021
Uncovering Canowindra's forgotten fish fossils
In 1993 near Canowindra, in the Central West of New South Wales, paleontologist Dr Alex Ritchie was given just 10 days for an exploratory fossil dig. He found thousands of 300 million year old fish specimens, helping to fill gaps in our knowledge. But with limited time and resources he could only scratch the surface. We explore why the fossil site has been buried for decades and how the sale of the land will affect it's future. Get the transcript: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7110884/voice-of-real-australia-episode-11-transcript/ Read the story: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7111827/digging-deeper-australias-forgotten-fossils/ This episode was produced by Laura Corrigan and Tom Melville.
Jan 20, 2021
Devils on the mainland, and Australia's biggest whale stranding
There are now 26 Tasmanian Devils calling Barrington Tops home. They're the first wild mainland devils since they were wiped out 3000 years ago. We find out why these marsupials are being released outside Tasmania. We also go to the island's West Coast to learn more about the stranding of 470 pilot whales that made international headlines last year. It's an animal episode! Enjoy the article: https://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/7087889/looking-at-the-impact-of-australias-largest-whale-stranding/ Read the transcript: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7085407/voice-of-real-australia-episode-10-transcript/ This podcast was produced by Laura Corrigan and Tom Melville.
Jan 6, 2021
Pale, male and stale: Where are all our Indigenous cricketers?
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have a long and complicated relationship with cricket. A team of Indigenous players was the first Australian team ever to tour England in 1868. But, today there is a clear underrepresentation of First Nations players in cricket compared to AFL and NRL. We explore the racist policies that whitewashed cricket and see what's being done to redress the historical exclusion of First Nations people in Australia's favourite sport. Read more about it: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7076209/its-time-to-redress-a-sporting-imbalance/ Get the transcript: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7073748/voice-of-real-australia-episode-9-transcript/ This podcast was produced by Laura Corrigan and Tom Melville
Dec 23, 2020
Voice of Real Australia Presents: Hear Them Raw
Most people know Mike Wilson as the bloke at the bull sale with a pen in his hand and notepad in his back pocket. On the outside you'd hardly think there was anything different with the 70-year-old livestock agent. But beneath the surface there is a scar across his stomach that tells a different story. From The Land's Lucy Kinbacher, Hear Them Raw tells inspiring personal stories of resilience in the bush. Read Mike's story: https://www.theland.com.au/story/6948417/doctors-told-me-i-had-six-weeks-to-live/ Listen and subscribe to Hear Them Raw: https://podfollow.com/1468983781
Dec 9, 2020
Bawley Point brigade's new recruits take fight to bushfire fears
Bawley Point was one of the first South Coast villages to be threatened by the ferocious Currowan fire that ravaged the region. Residents consider themselves lucky they were hit early in Black Summer because it meant they were provided with a lot of resources. In the wake of the fires the local RFS brigade has seen an influx of new recruits, including women and teenagers, eager to help out next time. We speak to new members about how they're fighting fear with fire. See the transcript: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7045896/voice-of-real-australia-episode-8-transcript/ Produced by Laura Corrigan and Tom Melville (c) ACM
Nov 25, 2020
Wytaliba and Torrington fires: When wilderness escapes become death traps
On November 8 2019 there were a record 17 fires burning at emergency level in New South Wales. The New England region of New South Wales was hit hard before summer even began. In the town of Torrington homes over a century old burned. In Wytaliba, an alternative commune, two people died. Homes among the gum trees became fodder for fire. We speak to residents from Torrington and Wytaliba about that devastating day and how their communities have changed since. Read the transcript: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7025960/voice-of-real-australia-episode-7-transcript/ More on the impact of the fires: https://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/7028218/bushfire-smoke-caused-spike-in-hospitalisations-asthma-deaths-research/ This podcast is produced by Laura Corrigan and Tom Melville with reporting by Andrew Messenger.
Nov 11, 2020
Dubbo's drug problem, and Black Summer still haunts Cobargo
In Dubbo, drugs are everywhere. The crisis here has brought with it an epidemic of mental health struggles, homelessness, family violence and crime that is only getting worse. The NSW government has committed to funding a local rehabilitation and detox centre in town. It is something locals have been petitioning for for decades. However, there was no mention of a corresponding "Drug Court". We spoke to people affected by the drug crisis in Dubbo who believe more needs to be done to give people the help they need. We also go to Cobargo the small Far South Coast town which was devastated by fires on New Year's Eve last year. We talk to a community still recovering from the blaze. This episode discusses suicide. If you need somebody to talk to Lifeline can help call 1311 14 or visit https://www.lifeline.org.au/ Read the transcript: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7008678/voice-of-real-australia-episode-6-transcript/ This episode was produced by Laura Corrigan and Tom Melville.
Oct 28, 2020
The Drip Gorge and the women fighting for it
About half an hour north of Mudgee, on the Ulan Road, is a stunning natural sandstone formation which runs along the Goulburn River. It's called The Drip Gorge, and it gets its name from the perennial trickle of water which runs down its face into the water below. The Drip was added to the Goulburn River National Park a couple of years ago, but some locals are anxious that the nearby Moolarben coal mine and its plans for expansion could damage the cliffs, impact the water table, and render this unique and beloved spot too dangerous to visit. We spoke to the women campaigning to save The Drip to find out what's at stake. Read the transcript: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/6989286/voice-of-real-australia-episode-five-transcript/ Produced by Laura Corrigan and Tom Melville
Oct 14, 2020
On board the Aurora Australis, the only Australian-made Antarctic icebreaker
The retired Aurora Australis was built at Carrington Slipways upriver from Newcastle and is the only Australian-made icebreaker. During its 30 years of service it made 150 of voyages, taking thousands of Australians to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. This year the ship was decommissioned. There was a push to preserve the Aurora for its heritage value and use it as the centrepiece of an Antarctic museum in Hobart. But its owner has been granted the permit needed to sell the icebreaker overseas. We talk to scientists, passengers and crew about their experiences on board the Aurora Australis, including the engine room fire of 1998 and the rescue of a private vessel in 2013. Read more about the ship: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/6965920/whats-next-for-the-only-australian-made-icebreaker/ Read the transcript: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/6968060/voice-of-real-australia-episode-4-transcript/ This podcast was produced by Laura Corrigan and Tom Melville.
Sep 30, 2020
Dungog's biking boom, and the telehealth revolution in the bush
Have you used telehealth before? Around 30 million Australians have since March. The uptick was made possible because of changes to Medicare support of telehealth prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. There's a lot of positive feedback to the changes but there's also anxiety around what impact it will have on rural health provision. We spoke to doctors and patients in the bush to see what they want from telehealth going forward. Everyone's eager to see better health outcomes for rural and regional Australians but not everyone's convinced telehealth is a panacea. And we go for a ride in Dungog. The Hunter Valley town of 2000 has seen a recent tourism boom thanks to mountain biking. Enjoy the print version of this story by write Scott Bevan: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/6944376/dungog-riding-the-bumps-out-of-covid-valley/ Transcript: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/6941436/voice-of-real-australia-episode-three-transcript/ This episode was produced by Laura Corriga…
Sep 16, 2020
Majura Valley: Lease insecurity and Canberra's farming past, present and potential
You have heard of the Barossa Valley, Hunter Valley and Yarra Valley. These are regions praised for their boutique produce and immersive agricultural tourism. But have you ever been to the Majura Valley? It's a pocket of farmland ten minutes from Canberra and close to an international airport. You'd think is was a prime location for tourists. After all, it boasts a truffle farm, a winery and other artisan delights. But farmers in Majura Valley face a unique problem. We talked to local farmers about lease insecurity and the arrested potential of the land they love. Transcript: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/6928411/voice-of-real-australia-episode-two-transcript/ This episode was produced by Laura Corrigan and Tom Melville.
Sep 2, 2020
Coal-ash pitfalls and possibilities, a postcard from Dimboola, and a COVID-19 storybook
Ever been to Dimboola? The town on the Wimmera River in western Victoria is attracting tree-changers from far and wide. We take a tour of the quirky town to see what all the fuss is about. We also hear from Lake Macquarie locals concerned about the impact of coal-ash pollution on waterways. The byproduct of coal-fired power generation is stored in unlined dams on the lake's edge. But we discover the waste product can also be a resource. And, at a time when we're all struggling to get on top of what's happening in the world, a Tumut pre-school teacher has written a children's book to explain the COVID-19 pandemic. Transcript: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/6903467/voice-of-real-australia-episode-one-transcript/ This episode was produced by Laura Corrigan and Tom Melville.
Aug 26, 2020
Hear stories from beyond the big cities with Voice of Real Australia
From September 3 2020 discover people, places and perspectives from regional and rural Australia. Voice of Real Australia is a new storytelling podcast from ACM - a network of more than 160 newspapers across the country.