I make the case that in 2031 a thriving economy is one where the well-being of the community is at the heart of planning and decision making.
While many inconsistencies remain, there is hope that a more diverse face of Australia will eventually put to rest ambivalence and misdirection in Canberra.
My guests on this first edition of ‘Imagining Australia’ paint a picture of a more open country where discussions about mental health are normalised, where ‘treatment’ is community minded and those who are most vulnerable receive coordinated care.
After returning from life on the road, I spent some time thinking about ‘what’ as opposed to ‘where’ I would like to explore.
Being in the right part, of the right country, at the right time has opened the door for so much exploration.
In this edition of re:location, I talked with Lucy Graham, Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC) Director about Tropical North Queensland's incredible environment. We chatted about her work with CAFNEC, the incredible nature that you will find in this part of the world and the community's strong history of activism in pushing for environmental protection.
Drawn to the water, I sat myself on one of the sandstones that formed over thousands of years. Gazing over the beach, I was swept away with the enormity of the coastline. With the view framed by Tin Pan Bay and Double Island Point, all the senses came to life.
This edition of re:location is about life in Karumba. This is a town with a real sense of ease and calm, and where nature rules. Nestled in the south east pocket of the Gulf of Carpentaria, I talk with a few of Karumba's 500 locals about what makes town tick, barramundi and life alongside crocodiles.
At times, it’s hard to focus in a city like Alice Springs. There is a strong sense of people having deeply contrasting experiences – and there is a huge economic gap between the first nations and white communities. But running against the stereotype and reputation, my first impression of Alice was as an upbeat kind of place, and that it’s incredibly welcoming. Have a listen!
It’s less than a week to go until the US Presidential Election and while the candidates make their final pitches, the States is registering record daily COVID 19 -infections. Derek Bauman rejoins me on the show to update us on how the last six month have been in America and the lead-up to the Presidential Election.