Having been stood up by both co-hosts I was delighted to see John Neale walk through the doors of Network House this week. As we all know, John is always up for a chat, always has a story and is so interesting to listen too so it was a great chat.
We also had a call from the CFA to issue reminders that we are into fire restriction season and any lighting of fires on days of total fire ban can result in prosecution to the fullest extent of the law, so we chat about that, and about the dangers of grass fires with Jack and he translates this message into Vietnamese! Yay Jack!
We also had a visit from our Federal Member Dr Anne Webster and one of her staffers who shall now be known as 'Cherry Boy' within the walls of Network House, because he turned up with a box of delicious cherries from Ian in Kerang under his wing!
It's so nice to be on the media trail of politicians when they're in town. Yes, I nerd out a little bit (I think the kids call it "fan-girling" but whatev!) but things like the State Budget that was handed down this week affect every one of us so we did want to talk about that.
We also had some discussions about our free trade deals with China and Indonesia and try to decide whether or not they're worth the paper they're written on.
Ali Cupper also made some time for us this week but it was late on Thursday afternoon so it didn't make the cut for this week's regular episode so you're getting a bonus this week as well.
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It's been a while since we've had an update from the blocks so we're giving it to you this week.
Fred is in to discuss the demise of mainstream media, the China export market and multiple other issues whilst Donny gives us his point of view on the AFL trade period, his stress levels, the fundamentals of farming and plenty more.
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What do you want to be when you grow up?
A rapper, a dancer, an ambo, a mechanic? We're talking about it all today!
Norto is in to talk about becoming an Ambulance Community Officer in Manangatang and he also discusses the pizza at the Manang Pub. He promises to come back and review the parma next week so hold your breath for that one.
Skip Rogers from Pioneer Ford also pops in to talk about his progression from a school based apprenticeship to possible retirement before the age of 40. That's a joke but he makes a good point about being in his early 20's with the beginnings of a real estate portfolio whilst his university studying mates are living on noodles, obtaining degrees that they may or may not ever use.
Then Phil Egan, the dancer and the rapper is in to talk about his career that has taken him all around the world, his struggles, his downfall and his rise again to happiness. We also play his new track and roll out his rapper name "Crooked TP". We talk about why he's come up with that stage name too.
Loads to listen too and in the next day or so you can watch the uncut video from our zoom chat with Phil, but only if you're a VIP (very important patron). become one here: patreon.com/thevalepodcast
Anthony Cardin MBBS. BMedSc. MMed. FRANZCR FAANMS went to school at St Mary's Robinvale and then at Robinvale Secondary College. Since then his education has continued and finally after 20 years of post Robinvale education, he is suitably qualified in his chosen field.
This is a fascinating chat with a former local about life saving technologies in the medical field and what led him to study in this area and grow his career in nuclear medicine. When we think of "nuclear" medicine, I don't know about you, but I think of things like Chernobyl, but that's a reactor explosion. Nuclear medicine doesn't use things like uranium or plutonium and we do dive into that with Anthony because I just couldn't get my head around it.
Anthony has travelled the world with this skills and still returns to Robinvale for holidays to see family.
He's such an interesting person, and one of those genuinely good people who want to help others. You know, a doctor type.
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It's a pretty significant week this week.
The last of mental health month, the last of the 42K for 42K campaign, the weekend of a long awaited Shadow Rock reunion, the first week of vote counting in local government elections & the week Donny got his big break on SEN with Garry Lyon and Tim Watson. You can listen to it here AFTER you've listened to this podcast first.
Donny just happened to be in town so her came in for a chat which was nice to get the band back together.
We also got to go and explore the new and operational FREE drop in centre at Robinvale District Health Services. This is a brilliant and unique service for RDHS with the free drop in centre for mental health services now running on Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's from 9am - 2pm. No appointment or referral necessary and it's absolutely free for absolutely everyone! So with that being said, Luke's project has been a screaming success, all that is left is for him to make good on his word as he always does, and get out and run those 42kms this Saturday!
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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