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 & 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
Read about Cook Shire at www.cook.qld.gov.au/
The Homestead Guest House at