About Regional – a new place for the stories of South East NSW, in episode 7…
* Local Government across NSW is in limbo again as Gladys Berejiklian takes over from Mike Baird as Premier.
A sense that they might be in trouble at the next election has the new look Government reviewing and reconsidering some its past decisions.
Council amalgamations are at the top of the list.
Here in South East NSW, the Snowy Monaro Regional Council has been operating since May 2016 – Bombala, Snowy River and Cooma-Monaro Shires weren’t forced to merge but not given much of choice either.
Until elections are held one man is in charge, former Cooma Mayor Dean Lynch. He says the recent talk from Macquarie Street has been destabilising and has complicated the process underway through the High Country.
*Catalina’s Neville Baker is a breast cancer survivor.
Recent numbers suggest there are about 120 men diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia every year.
Neville’s diagnosis came at Christmas time in 2003. It was a rocky road from there, aside from the treatment many in Neville’s circle simply didn’t know how to handle a man with breast cancer.
I meet Neville over a coffee and cake at his home in Catalina, just south of Batemans Bay.
*The rich artistic community of South East NSW has inspired a discussion paper that calls for greater recognition and funding for regional artists.
The TV show River Cottage Australia has been mothballed, host Paul West gives us the inside story and speaks of his plans for the future. Read more HERE.
Author Deb Hunt shares her amazing love story with a pilot from the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a man given up for dead in a horrific helicopter crash as a young fella that goes on to help lead this iconic organisation.
And one of the Anglican Churches newest priests, Merimbula’s Anthony Frost talks about his life of faith and the relevance of the Bible in 2017.
About Regional – the podcast, episode five, December 14 2016
About Regional – a new place for the people and stories of South East NSW.
The last program for 2016:
*The Funhouse crowdfunding campaign succeeds; Bega gets a youth and community centre in 2017! Read more HERE.
*Dr Matthew Nott, the founder of Clean Energy for Eternity says households in the region need to rethink the way they use their rooftop solar panels. Read more HERE.
*The Tour de France comes to the Snowy Mountains, some advice from a local personal trainer that will get you ready for round two of L’Etape Australia. Fresh from this year’s ride, Adrian Day from the School of Strengthsays it’s all about doing the k’s.
*We chat to a hairdresser whose career has taken her around the world, including on tour with The Village People. Jo Greenwood is now keen to give young people in the region the same opportunities.
*The Bega Valley’s Stonewave Taikohave been booked for their biggest gig yet.
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About Regional – the podcast, episode 4, November 23 2016
There’s a seaside feel to episode 4…
Recorded at Guerilla Bay, just south of Batemans Bay, the day and the water were warm, it’s starting to feel like summer holiday time!
In this program:
*Tathra’s Indi Wood chats to us from Fiji about his aid work at a Lautoka radio station. It’s a real twist on what you think Australian foreign aid looks like. Read more HERE
*Staying with foreign aid, you will meet the ‘Accidental Aid Worker’ Sue Liu. Just weeks after returning home from Sri Lanka in 2004, Sue watched as the people and the communities she had just left were hit hard. Her response changed the direction of her life. Her story is a good read for the summer holidays.
*The Australian National Busking Championships are moving beyond their Cooma base, next year the competition will include finals in three states and six regional locations. We chat to the founder Allan Spencer. Read more HERE.