About Regional, a new place for the stories of South East NSW, Podcast 10

Marshall Campbell, Sharon Zweck and Geoffrey Grigg
Marshall Campbell, Sharon Zweck and Geoffrey Grigg

The Gang Gang Cockatoos have arrived in the bush around my place, a sure sign autumn is here.

Mind you I was in Cooma this week and the trees in Centennial Park aren’t showing any signs of it.

Given that we are about to tick over into April, those leaves will soon be changing.

Autumn is a theme that runs through our conversation today.

In August 2013 many in the Bega community were outraged when Bega Valley Shire Council cut down a stand of mature Blue Gums in the town’s park.

Council felt the risk of falling limbs was too great, and to be fair some in the community backed them.

Littleton Gardens was leveled to make way for a new civic precinct.

New trees were planted but the site has been the victim of vandalism a number of times – on one night in May last year around 50 mature trees were snapped, hacked or pulled out of the ground – the communities love and connection with the space had been broken.

In the last 6 months Littleton Gardens has got its mojo back, a partnership between Bega Valley Shire Council and SCPA – South East Producers – who use the space for a weekly farmer’s market, has seen leafy greens and other vegetables planted in the park.

The community is invited to pick the crop free of charge.

With autumn plantings going in a local charity will soon start grazing in the park, taking ingredients for the weekly meals they cook and serve to people and families doing it tough.

I caught up with the two volunteer gardeners working this space, Geoffrey Grigg and Marshall Campbell, also joining the conversation Sharon Zweck Coordinator of Ricky’s Place.

Thanks for tuning in and to my partners for this week’s program, Light to Light Camps, who let you explore the track between Boyd’s Tower and Green Cape Lighthouse in style, check their website for more info.

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About Regional, a new place for the stories of South East NSW. Podcast 9

My partners in this week’s podcast are Light to Light Camps – pristine beaches, great food, hot showers and comfy beds. This is your chance to explore the Wilderness Coast in style.

Thanks to Jen, Arthur, and Jake for your support.

In this program an interview that was a real surprise to me.

I stuck a microphone in front of Andrew Weglarz at the NSW Corrective Services Museum at Cooma recently – with no real plan for the conversation.

Andrew’s insight and intellect took hold and I was just a passenger.

Andrew’s passion masks the fact that he is only new to the job and new to Australia.

Andrew and the Museum hosted the launch of MoSE – The Museum of the South East, an online collection of significant artifacts from museums of the Bega Valley, Eurobodalla and Snowy Monaro.

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Thanks for your interest.

Ian

About Regional – a new place for the stories of South East NSW. Podcast 8

Sherringham, Tilba. By Robyn Lucas
Sherringham, Tilba. By Robyn Lucas

About Regional – the new place for the stories of South East NSW.

In episode 8…

Show season in South East NSW is coming to an end with Cooma (March 11) and Bemboka Show (March 12) this weekend,  and Bombala Show on March 18.

Bega Show is the biggest in the region, 3 days and 3 nights in the middle of February.

The sideshows are a big part of show time, but at the heart of any country show are the people, produce and animals that grow on this land.

Tilba Dairy farmer Robyn Lucas and her son Charles claimed the prestigious supreme champion dairy cattle award at the Bega Show – the best of the best in the dairy ring.

The win was bittersweet for Robyn, who after 15 years is being forced off her beloved Sherringham Farm through family circumstances.

I spoke with Robyn just after her Bega Show win.

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About Regional – the podcast, episode seven, February 7 2017

About Regional – a new place for the stories of South East NSW, in episode 7…

Dean Lynch
Dean Lynch

* 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.

Neville and Dianne Baker
Neville and Dianne Baker

*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.

Lindy Hume
Lindy Hume

*The rich artistic community of South East NSW has inspired a discussion paper that calls for greater recognition and funding for regional artists.

Lindy Hume is the current artistic director of Opera Queensland as well as being the former chief of the Sydney Festival and Chair of South East Arts, among many other things.

Lindy’s platform paper for Currency House describes regional arts as a ‘restless giant’.

The paper was launched in the middle of one this region’s most dynamic communities – Candelo.

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About Regional – the podcast, episode six, January 19 2017

Triangle Farm Tilba. From Facebook
Triangle Farm Tilba. From Facebook

About Regional, the podcast, January 19 2017.

In episode six…

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.

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About Regional – a new place for the stories of South East NSW.

Cheers

Ian

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About Regional – the podcast, episode five, December 14 2016

About Regional – the podcast, episode five, December 14 2016

Dr Matthew Nott, founder of Clean Energy for Eternity. By Bega District News
Dr Matthew Nott, founder of Clean Energy for Eternity. By Bega District News

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 Strength says 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.

Stonewave Taiko by Ben Marden
Stonewave Taiko by Ben Marden

*The Bega Valley’s Stonewave Taiko have been booked for their biggest gig yet.

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Have a great summer, thanks for tuning in.

Ian

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About Regional – the podcast, episode 4, November 23 2016

Guerilla Bay
Guerilla Bay

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.

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About Regional – a new place for the people, issues, and colour of South East NSW.

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About Regional – the podcast, episode three, November 6 2016

Tim Elliott and Ian Campbell
Tim Elliott and Ian Campbell

About Regional – the podcast, episode 3, November 6 2016

Thanks for clicking on, in this week’s program:

  • A lesson in youth engagement from Cayce Hill from the Funhouse in Bega and a pitch for their Pozible campaign. They are chasing a year’s rent to expand on their dynamic program in 2017. Read more here.
  • A snap from a literary lunch at Bermagui featuring author Tim Elliott and his memoir ‘Farewell to the Father’, part of a joint effort during Mental Health Month by Candelo Books, Il Passaggio and About Regional
  • The morning after an exclusive 10 course truffle dinner, Executive Chef Patrick Reubinson from Stroudover Cottage at Bemboka speaks of his passion for truffles.
  • Last season’s capsicums brought back to life by Tanja Permaculturalist Kathleen McCann. Read more here.

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Still working out a few little production hiccups, hope you can forgive them.

Cheers

Ian

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About Regional – the podcast, episode two, October 18 2016

About Regional – the podcast, episode two, October 18 2016

About Regional strives to capture the colour, wisdom, and issues of South East NSW, in episode two of the podcast…

Bega Valley election material
Bega Valley election material

* Long time Eurobodalla Council watcher Keith Dance wants to change the way Local Government is elected in NSW.

Having served two terms on Council and contested every election between 2000 and 2010, Keith believes the system encourages too many candidates to stand, which makes it impossible for voters to make an informed choice.

Keith reckons part of the solution comes from Victoria.

John Alcock and Howard Charles
John Alcock and Howard Charles

* The small Monaro town of Nimmitabel, south-east of Cooma is heading into summer with more water security than every before. A new dam has just opened on the outskirts of town.

Howard Charles and John Alcock are two of the fathers of the Lake Wallace Dam, both were keen to jump the fence and show me around.

* The Archibald Prize has just wrapped up for another year at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney.

But these famous faces aren’t being put away, they are hitting the road for a tour of regional NSW and Victoria – including the Bega Valley Regional Gallery.

Gallery Director, Iain Dawson gives us a preview.

And a bush dance to finish with, the Kameruka Bush Orchestra in full flight.

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About Regional podcast – episode 1, October 4 2016

Candelo by Google Maps
Candelo by Google Maps

Episode one was recorded on the banks of Candelo Creek, south-west of Bega but takes in the full geography of South East NSW.

First, the tragic story of 10-year-old Noa Jessop.

When Noa was hit by a car and died at the gate to his family’s farm, a heavy sadness fell across the Bega Valley community.

Tears have been a big part of the days that have followed, but so too has something powerful and remarkable.

Also, democracy is getting a shake up in the Eurobodalla Shire, with a jury of 28 everyday people formed to shape the work and spending of the new Council elected on September 10.

And you’ll hear of the hard work of the Perisher Ski Resort and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. They are in the snow on the side of Australia’s highest peak to protect the only Australian animal to hibernate during winter.

South Coast Music Camp
South Coast Music Camp

Music to finish from the South Coast Music Camp which has just wrapped up in Bega.

Around 200 people take part every year – including tutors from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Australian National Academy of Music.

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