In the interests of talking about all sorts of careers, career paths etc we thought we'd complete a little project with Manangatang P-12 VCAL students.
They have created their own podcast so with the help of Scarlett who is not our official correspondent on the street, we had a brief to fill and fill it we did.
We each had to do a news story, write and produce commercials for local businesses and find someone to interview.
Kale & TB did a great job with their interviews scoring chats with two local Manangatang legends Rod "Codmac" MacKenzie and Jeff "Gibbo" Gibson.
Charlie and I had Robinvale local legend and Gary Ablett Junior look alike Ben Rogers.
Scarlett has done the most incredible job with her news report I can't encourage you more to check out the full video on our YouTube channel.
We end obviously with a chat about a little game being played this weekend. In fact, two games being played this weekend.
Ben may end up having to wear a Richmond jumper for a week if the Cats lose.
We shall see you on the otherside, we know have to go deep dive into Dimma's strategies and tatics for Saturday's game, then prepare to back it up for Sunday's match against the Panthers which could possibly be the G.O.A.T Cameron Smith's final game. In Dimma we trust - Go Tiges!
I feel into media because a teacher once told me I wouldn’t amount to anything unless I could find a job talking for a living. You can do that you know.
It got me thinking about how our senior students are feeling this year. Stressed, ripped off, confused, so for the next month or so we’re going to be talking to different people about their careers and how it came to be.
I ended up working in the media for a lot of my working life thus far and In my experience, even in life generally, people change.
Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse.
Sometimes, people don't change much at all.
This week I’m chatting to one of these people.
He’s at the top of his game which is sports photography, he went to school in Swan Hill, he was a student at SuniTafe..
He’s also the same guy that I knew as kids. He has not changed. Not one bit. He hasn’t even lost any hair!
He’s taken some of the most remarkable and recognisable photos of the AFL of our generation and still considers winning the 2003 premiership with Lake Boga as one of the best days of his life.
He’s as humble as he is talented, and he’s my cousin.
He is Head of Photography and Chief Photographer at the AFL. He is a Golden Quill winner & Ted’s Master, he is Michael Willson.
Check out his stunning work here: michaelwillson.com
Liam is the Ambulance Victoria PCSC who is co-ordinating some Shocktober workshops and information sessions.
Throughout 'Shocktober' we're on a mission to ensure all 6.7 million Victorians are armed with the knowledge of what to do in an emergency - how to perform basic CPR and, importantly, how to locate and use their nearest Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Sadly, only 1 in 10 Australians survive a cardiac arrest. Together we can improve cardiac arrest survival rates by learning CPR and locating our local AEDs. A local paramedic will be hosting an online session to teach you these lifesaving skills and about the new AED that has been donated to your community.
To sign up to the session, simply email your name and location to swanhill.pcsc@ambulance,vic,gov,au
Scarlett is also back at school so she talks about her school holidays, home schooling and the joy of being amongst friends again, then we have a proposal for her to be our junior reporter!
This is it! A showdown between Charlie and Victorian leader of The National Party Peter Walsh MP.
Actually, it wasn't much of a showdown at all. Peter spoke, Charlie listened and didn't argue with Walshy like he argues with the rest of us. Or is it just me he argues with because he knows I'll fire up,. It's ok, I've taken up meditation to deal with it. I'm fine.
We had a great conversation with Peter though. We talked about all sorts of things like how the Coalition would've done things differently, planning, decentralisation, pathways to permanent residency for refugees and he did say at the conclusion that he had thoroughly enjoyed himself. Tick!
You may have also seen a petition on some business counters around town calling for shade sails in the Ritchies IGA supermarket car park.
By know you know I like facts., I like science and I like facts and I always go straight to the source to get the facts rather than assume. So we did. I called Alan and asked him if he'd come on and chat about it, and he's a big supporter of the podcast and of Robinvale so of course he didn't hesitate. It's an interesting chat and I hope you listen to it.
Then Charlie gives us an update on Shocktober.
Did you know there's Shazam for frogs?
Well there is and Mallee Catchment Management Authority is asking you to help monitor frog activity in our area.
Frogs are cute and clever little creatures and recently Mallee CMA have been giving away headlamps and frog ID books to help our Citizen Scientists track and identify frogs. We have 2 giveaway packs including a headlamp and frog ID book, and all you have to do is draw us a frog and post to our Facebook page, Instagram or email via our website.
David Fevaleaki is the brains behind Backpicker, which is a new website aligning jobseekers in the agriculture industry with labour. The website is easy to use, it offers transparency for job seekers and shows exactly where the employment hot spots are.
We also have his founder Ofir Kuberman on the phone from Melbourne to talk about the parallels between the Australian agriculture industry and the industry in Israel and also the platform itself.
You're bound to learn a thing or two this week, so buckle up.
This week’s podcast is a little different again due to lack of a co-host. Charlie and Donny are both busy working so I’ll do what I can to make it interesting.
I had a chat to Ali Cupper for an update on easing of border restrictions, being able to use the river, go camping and go on staycations then it turned into a conversation about the monarchy and how we should be thinking about becoming a republic, which then turns into a conversation about Harry & Meghan, Harry’s paternity and we truly give New Idea a run for it’s money…
Then we’re letting you in on Nathan Burke’s conversation we had last week on the R U OK live stream which was such an interesting chat and he’s a big supporter of the 42K project too which is awesome.
So that’s it for this week, if you would like to come and talk about anything in particular please contact us via the website or socials
This one is a little bit different with Jack & Mr Van having a conversation style update in Vietnamese about the easing of restrictions in regional and rural Victoria.
At short notice Kato always makes herself available to bring us news in her language of Tongan.
Today it's an update on moving to the next step out of restrictions for regional Victoria.
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I truly love that we get phone calls now from our MP's just wishing to have a chat about what is going on up here. Rural and remote areas just don't rate a mention in the main stream media so now, more than ever, this podcast is helping to fill a gap on what is happening here, and who is fighting for what causes for us.
Dr Webster called this afternoon just for a chat and I'm so glad she did so we could ask her a few questions like;
"Do you think we'll be able to ski in the river this summer?"
"Is Donny able to drive to Shepparton to get chemical?"
"Is a treatment for Covid being worked on as well as a vaccine?"
"What the hell is Daniel Andrews thinking?"
As a little prelude to tonight's R U OK live streamed event, here's a chat with Dr Webster we got to have moments ago!
Anita from RDHS called us this morning with some much needed positive news. You heard it here first!
This week we get a little preview into what may, hopefully turn into a junior basketball season of sorts when Leon fills us in with the plan as it sits right now.
Noah is also hanging around the Clontarf Academy Room so he pops in for a bit of a chat about what he's been up to and how he's feeling having his senior year & all of the celebrations that come with that, taken away.
Then we talk to Matt Newlands about R U OK? Day which is next Thursday. The podcast will be a live streamed event on that evening from 7pm to 9pm, and you'll ONLY be able to watch it if you've bought a ticket so head to the RESP website to get that done.
Matt talks to us about his experience with SA Pol and the events that led to him suffering PTSD and depression and the importance of a conversation.
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Charlie has been absent for a couple of weeks having a little procedure that apparently everyone of a certain age should have. I wasn't aware of this health requirement so we did have a chat about it and I even got to see the photos! The internal photos, but that is still an image that cannot be unseen.
Given the announcement of the borders opening up again next week we thought we really should catch up with our local members who are always so gracious with their time, despite the fact that Dr Webster is in Canberra sitting in Parliament and Ali having to research the rise of facism. I'm not even joking, I wish I was, but I am not.
Ali also gives us a little insight into the hand over of the Mildura Base Hospital and I present, what I think is a fantastic idea to Anne Webster for her to take to the Minister for Water & Environment.
Next week we're talking bees and basketball!
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The podcast is a little different again this week, with myself being in lockdown waiting on test results, Charlie’s been in hospital for a procedure and the weather making everyone feel a little bit…. Meh… it’s a good opportunity to have another important conversation.
Last week we started with Marie, Ebony and Shirl about the Black Lives Matter movement and what it means for local Aboriginal people.
This week is the second part of that conversation where Marie really starts to open up about having her babies in the 60’s, things her husband has seen as a Cultural Heritage Management officer, and the connection our First Nations People have with Country, and how that continues to flow down through generations, even to Ebony’s 4 year old son now.
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*A warning to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island people, this episode talks about people who have passed away.
Right now is an incredibly important time in history, not just because of the pandemic, but also because there are monumental changes afoot in Australia as far as reconciliation goes. It won't happen overnight, but the past 13 years have seen all sorts of progression, but racism still exists, and it exists everywhere.
We talk to Aunty Marie, Shirly & Ebony about this, about their experiences, about their opinions on the Black Lives Matter movement, the protests and how we can move forward.
Heavy topics I know, but we also have a laugh and talk about the old days growing up.
It turned into a long conversation so this is the first of two parts, the second you will get next week.
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Our podcast looks very very different again this week, removed from our cosy home at Network House simply because of my eldest having the sniffles and obviously I wanted to be a responsible parent and not have my boy made a poriah I’ve kept both kids and thus myself at home and away from other good folk this week, which means this chat with Sargent Brett McLouglan of Robinvale Police was done over zoom without the other fancy gear, I’ve tried as hard as possible to improve audio quality, so I do apologise but Sargent Brett has some very valuable information regarding penalties regarding Covid and those drug raids that happened in the area a couple of weeks ago.
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It's taken almost a whole year to get Colin Hicks in for a chat. Needless to say he's had a fair amount on his plate, and he's been quite nervous, but after his son Jason Zoomed in from his post in Dubai a few weeks ago, Col agreed to come into Network House for a cuppa and chat after he got out of isolation.
After 45 years as a paramedic in Robinvale, Col is currently transitioning to retirement which leaves a big gapping hole in the intricately woven tapestry of the Robinvale Ambulance Service, however, he doesn't leave without a succession plan and that is his grand-daughter Emma who beings her secondment in Robinvale next week.
Noel Costa also warms up his vocals with a sing-a-long before discussing jobkeeper 2, the tax requirements around different payments now and other tax things that confuse people that don't have commerce & finance degrees.
Lots to talk about and our last one in the same room for at least six weeks as we begin lockdown 2.0
With regional Victoria going back to Stage 3 restrictions today, it's important to keep the entire community up to date, and we are lucky enough to have many multi-lingual friends in Robinvale.
Jack Dang regularly gives us the update on the Vietnamese Dong and it's value, and keeps his community up to date with local news in his native language.
This week is a run down of the rules and guidelines around Stage 3.1 Restrictions in Robinvale.
The lovely Kato is in again to keep us updated on stage 3 restrictions and the rules around face coverings and travel.
She does it all in her native Tongan and asks questions along the way.
"The devil is in the detail" says Dr Webster and she's absolutely right. We don't have a huge amount of details but we do know that because of the work of Dr Webster, Ali Cupper, Nathan Hancock CEO of Citrus Australia and our cross border commissioners , that seasonal workers with visas now qualify for border zone residents permits, allowing the citrus industry in particular to get back to work.
Our $1.4 Billion dollar industry has been in turmoil since NSW closed it's borders to Victoria and we finally have a solution as far as our labour workforce goes.
Dr Webster also has some news on the ACCC inquiry into the water market, including four large investors in the Murray-Darling Basin who are named in the report, including Kilter Rural, Duxton Water, Argyle Capital Partners & Aware Water.
You can read the entire interim report here.
This week we have two podcast debutantes, not that we haven't tried to have Mr Smith on twice before. He's alluded us until now, but he's in to give us an update on the situation facing the Robinvale Golf Club right now. He also let's us in on a little secret about golf lessons with Shane McHenry who is the Club Professional at Murray Downs Golf & Country Club, down the road.
Jack also gives an update 0n Network House and Seasonal Workers border permits from worker that have been crossing the river this week. He has the details, and he has the sewing machine out.
Finally we'd like to welcome brand new podcast sponsor Fisher Developments who are responsible for the beautiful new Irymple hub and we discuss the possibility of a new development in Robinvale which is more exciting that Tay Tay's new album, which also get's discussed, as does Charlie's birthday and the beautiful blue R-Spec Mustang which is looking for it's forever home at Pioneer Ford.
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