Working in radio means I’m always learning. I spend my days asking questions, so I live in a constant flow of information, ideas and stories. It’s a great place to be, and I enjoy sharing it with my radio listeners and blog readers.
I learn something new every day, and some days I learn a truck-load. Like the day I did my afternoon radio show from Coen, on Cape York Peninsula in October 2011.
I learned how to deal with a large bull that did a one-beast stampede through our broadcast point on the front verandah of the Homestead Guest House.
And I learned about the town’s history, starting as a fort during the gold rush days in the 1870s. I learned how small remote communities deal with the inevitable isolation of the wet season. How you make a living in a small town with a population of just a few hundred. How you manage one of the nation’s biggest local government districts. How to run a school. How to muster cattle from a helicopter. And how to drive safely on the dusty, bumpy, corrugated Cape York roads.
Listen to my interviews with the people of Coen.
Peter and Gail Clark wear many hats in Coen.
Neville Mulley runs Coen’s only cafe, owns an ant-bed oven and drives for the RACQ.
Jo Ross is the principal of Coen State School.
Peter Scott is the mayor of Cook Shire, which covers 80% of Cape York.
A helicopter landed next to us and pilot Jack had been out mustering.