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PODCAST SERIES MY CAPE YORK LIFE AVAILABLE NOW – GREAT STORIES FROM FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

mcylWe’ve reached the half-way point of series one in the wonderful Cape York NRM podcast My Cape York Life – with plenty of good stories told and many more to come.

The stories are entertaining, inspiring, and often hilarious. You’ll hear about epic wet season adventures, close encounters with crocodiles, the Cape’s first attempt at helicopter cattle mustering, and the joys and challenges of living in remote and isolated places.

Last year, my friends at Cape York Natural Resource Management and South Cape York Catchments decided to give the region’s land managers a place to tell and share their own remarkable stories. And My Cape York Life was born. Lyndal Scobell travelled the Cape, recording the stories. I was invited to do the editing and audio production – and I’ve loved every minute of it.

Episode 4 came out yesterday – we meet Louise Stone at the height of turtle nesting season near Mapoon on western Cape York. Louise was co-ordinator of the Mapoon Land and Sea Rangers, who work to protect vulnerable and endangered turtles and their nesting sites along the beautiful Gulf of Carpentaria coast.

In episode 3, we met Mikayla Down and Wilfred Peter, traditional owners of Lama Lama Country, on the northern coast of Princess Charlotte Bay. Mikayla and Wilfred work with Yintjingga Aboriginal Corporation’s Lama Lama Rangers, caring for and managing traditional land and sea country from Silver Plains in the north to Marina Plains in the south.

In our first two episodes, we sat by the Wenlock River, on the north-west Cape, listening to Shelley Lyon tell stories of her 40 adventurous years on Cape York. Shelley has extensive conservation experience from decades working in the Cape’s national parks and private conservation properties with husband Barry. You can click to hear episode 1 and episode 2.

Still to come in this series of My Cape York Life, the ups and downs of raising cattle on the Cape, the joys and challenges of leading a small Cape York indigenous community, how an ecologist from London made her home on a farm near Cooktown, and we meet a cattle farmer and entirely self-taught award-winning plant and wildlife expert at Shipton’s Flat.

My Cape York Life is brought to you by Cape York NRM, with support from South Cape York Catchments, and the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

Hann River roadhouse

Hann River roadhouse

 

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Posted by on March 4, 2017 in Aboriginal, Cape York Peninsula, community, EFFINCUE, environment, far north Queensland, indigenous, People

 

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MY CAPE YORK LIFE – A PODCAST OF GREAT STORIES FROM CAPE YORK PENINSULA

mcylI love good stories. This podcast series is full of them. It’s called My Cape York Life, made by Cape York NRM, launched on February 10. You can find My Cape York Life in your podcast app or stream/download here

And here’s a 60 second sample

Cape York Peninsula is my favourite place.I love its wide-open spaces, its earthy colours, its bone-jarring dirt roads. I admire the tenacious spirit of the people who call it home, and I love their stories.

cy-2012-547It’s not easy living and travelling on the Cape. It’s rugged, and beautiful, all at once. Distance and remoteness challenge notions of community and connection. My Cape York Life takes you to the Cape’s tropical savannas, lush rainforests, abundant wetlands, its magnificent coastline and pristine rivers. You’ll meet the fascinating people who live and work here and take care of this surprisingly fragile place. My Cape York Life will take you to the Wenlock River, Mapoon, Lakeland, Port Stewart, Wujal Wujal and more.

The stories are entertaining, inspiring, and often hilarious. You’ll hear about epic wet season adventures, close encounters with crocodiles, the Cape’s first attempt at helicopter cattle mustering, and the joys and challenges of living in remote and isolated places.

Late last year, my friends at Cape York Natural Resource Management and South Cape York Catchments decided to give the region’s land managers a place to tell and share their own remarkable stories. And My Cape York Life was born. Lyndal Scobell travelled the Cape, recording the stories. I was invited to do the editing and audio production – and I’ve loved every minute of it.

If you live on the Cape, have a connection to the place, you’ve travelled there or dream of doing the great red dirt adventure one day, My Cape York Life is for you. Search My Cape York Life in your podcast app, and you can stream & download from http://landmanager.capeyorknrm.com.au/content/my-cape-york-life

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CAIRNS RED CROSS CELEBRATES ITS 100th BIRTHDAY – AND WE’VE MADE THEM A SONG

red-cross-australia-Across Australia this week the Red Cross celebrates its 100th birthday. Here in Cairns, the local branch wants you to join the party – at Fogarty Park, on the Cairns esplanade, from noon Saturday May 3rd for the Picnic in Paradise.

It’s an old-fashioned family day out with food, live music, to celebrate a very proud history of a century of service to the communities of far north Queensland. Among other things, there will be live performances from the Cairns Concert Orchestra, Cairns Chamber Ensemble, and the Cairns Concert Orchestra. And we’ve put together a very 21st century musical tribute to the local Red Cross branch, we’ll play it a couple of times during the afternoon. We’ve borrowed the massive Psy hit Gangnam Style, and turned it into Red Cross Style.

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Red Cross Style is the work of the very talented trio of Cairns State High School students, Daniel Walker, Denzel Kennedy & John Tikitau, who very kindly volunteered their time to make their recording debut in support of the Cairns branch of the Australian Red Cross.

 

 
 

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EVERYONE’S BEEN TO RUSTY’S MARKET. BUT WHO IS RUSTY?

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It’s a Cairns landmark – and has been for almost 40 years. Rusty’s Market is one of the best reasons to head into the CBD. Fresh fruit and vegies, and much more, is on offer every Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

I’ve lived in far north Queensland for 13 years now, and when I was asked recently “who is Rusty? who is the market named after?” I had to admit I didn’t know. A few weeks later, I had the good fortune to meet local marriage celebrant Wayne Rees, who, among other things, is the son of Rusty Rees – it was Rusty who started the market in 1974.

Rusty Rees was a businessman, with many strings to his bow. He had bought a number of old properties in what used to be the China Town area of Cairns, and used one of them, a disused dance hall, to store the cars he stocked as the local British Motor Corporation dealer.Some hippies wanted to put on a market and asked Rusty if they could use the venue – he said yes and the market is still going strong.

LISTEN to Wayne Rees tell the story of his dad, Rusty, and the earliest days of Rusty’s Market.

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Posted by on February 21, 2014 in Cairns Queensland, community, EFFINCUE

 

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WE SALUTE FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND VOLUNTEERS – AHEAD OF INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERS DAY

JULIE MARTIN & HARALD FALGE

JULIE MARTIN & HARALD FALGE

Thursday is International Volunteer Day – when we recognise the vital contribution volunteers make to our communities, and hopefully encourage a few more people to consider giving their time and energy for good causes. By way of inspiration, let me introduce you to Julie Martin. Julie is 83 this year, and spends her evenings volunteering at Harald’s House in Cairns. Harald Falge established Harald’s House – he’s been working tirelessly for homeless kids in far north Queensland since 1991.

Julie says volunteering keeps her feeling young, and it’s much more rewarding than sitting at home in front of the TV. She listens to the teenagers who have found a home at Harald’s House, she encourages them, sharing her life experiences, the things a parent might do, things many of these kids have never experienced before. And Harald Falge says Harald’s House could not survive without volunteers – he knows what a rare and precious thing volunteering is these days. He says Julie is a treasure.

LISTEN to my interview with Julie and Harald here

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2013 in Cairns Queensland, community, EFFINCUE, far north Queensland, rd on the road

 

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HELPING OLDER FOLKS KEEP THEIR PETS – THE PETS FOR LIFE PROJECT BEING CONSIDERED IN CAIRNS

dog-cat_1838650cThere’s plenty of evidence that having a pet is good for you – as long as you’re able to look after your dog, cat, bunny rabbit, bird, fish, chook. But what happens if your circumstances change, and you become less able to care for your pet? This can happen for many reasons, but the most likely one is ageing. As we get older, illness or infirmity might make it hard to keep the beloved family pet with you. And what happens when you decide to move into retirement accomodation or aged care? Do you have to give your pet up for adoption, or face the awful decision to have it put down?

A group of people in Cairns have been very actively working to find ways that older people can keep their pets with them – and they’re very interested in a project that has been quite a success at Caloundra, in south east Queensland. The Caloundra Community Centre has started the Pets For Life project – which puts volunteers in touch with older pet owners. The volunteers visit regularly to help look after pets, and also provide regular social contact for the owners.

Tomas Passeggi is in Cairns tonight to discuss the Pets For Life project at a public meeting. He’s the community development co-ordinator at the Caloundra Community Centre. LISTEN to my interview with Tomas here

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2013 in Cairns Queensland, community, EFFINCUE

 

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SPOTLIGHT ON CAIRNS FESTIVAL MUSIC – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

TONY HILLIER CASTTony Hillier is one of Australia’s leading music journalists and a musician of long standing here in far north Queensland. His informed and insightful coverage of music features in The Weekend Australian and Rhythms magazine http://rhythms.com.au/

Tony Hillier’s World of Music is also available as a podcast. Search for Tony Hillier on your podcast app or in the iTunes store. And you can stay in touch with the FNQ music scene with Tony at http://www.entertainmentcairns.com/hilliers-hotline-archive.php

You can hear Tony on ABC Far North each Friday at 445pm.

This week we feature bands appearing at the annual Cairns Festival

The festival has been going, in one form or another, since it was known as Fun in the Sun in the early 60s. There’s plenty of music on offer ath Festival this year, including Tony’s band Snake Gully, Reggae Bliss and Sounds of Austranesia

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All three bands are playing at the Pro Gig venue on the Cairns Esplanade this weekend. Details of Cairns Festival events and times here

PLAYLIST

The Woolloomooloo Lair from Snake Gully’s 1999 album Home Among The Gumtrees

Natural Flair from the Reggae Bliss 2011 album Part Of Life

Grateful from the Sounds Of AustraNesia self-titled 2013 debut album

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2013 in Cairns Queensland, community, EFFINCUE, far north Queensland, music, rd on the road, Tony Hillier's World of Music

 

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