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COEN CAPE YORK PENINSULA – I LEARNED A LOT THAT DAY

02 Dec

Map courtesy of Queensland Tourism

One of the best things about working in radio is that 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 really enjoy sharing it with my radio listeners and with you on my blog.

I learn something new every day,some days I learn a lot. Like the day in October 2011 I did my afternoon radio show from Coen, on Cape York Peninsula.

I learned how to deal with the unusual situation of having a large bull stampede through our broadcast point, on the front verandah of the Homestead Guest House (see the November archive on this blog for that story).

And I learned about the town’s history, starting as a fort during the gold rush days in the 1870s.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.

CLICK THE AUDIO PLAYERS TO HEAR THE PEOPLE OF COEN TALK ABOUT LIFE IN THEIR TOWN

PETER AND SOME OF GAIL

PETER & GAIL CLARK WEAR MANY HATS IN COEN

NEVILLE MULLEY RUNS COEN’S ONLY CAFE, OWNS AN ANT-BED OVEN & DRIVES FOR THE RACQ

JO ROSS IS 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 WHILE WE WERE ON AIR. PILOT JACK HAD JUST FLOWN IN FROM MAREEBA TO DO A BIT OF CATTLE MUSTERING

FLIGHTLESS BIRD C 1 & PHIL TRY OUT JACK'S R 22

COEN MINING MUSEUM

ON THE ROAD TO COEN CYP

Read about Cook Shire at www.cook.qld.gov.au/

The Homestead Guest House at

http://www.coenguesthouse.com.au/

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