A DAY AT THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL AVIATION MUSEUM MOORABBIN

The story of Australian aviation goes back to people like Lawrence Hargrave, Ross and Keith Smith, Bert Hinkler, Charles Kingsford Smith, Nancy Bird-Walton, Hudson Fysh. Remarkable people who pioneered flight down under. They were larger than life characters – and so were the aircraft they […]

How People Learn to Become Resilient – The New Yorker

I’ve been involved in so many emergencies I’ve lost count. Cyclones, floods, bushfires, earthquakes, the occasional tsunami alert. And of course there’s the human-made emergencies – often on a smaller scale, but equally confronting. I’ve been there as a reporter, and increasingly as an emergency […]

REMEMBERING LARRY

There are tens of thousands of people who will reflect today on something they have in common – cyclone Larry. Larry came howling in from the Coral Sea early on Monday March 20, 2006 – ten years ago today. Winds up to 290 kilometres per […]

THAT BASTARD LARRY – 10 YEARS ON

  I’ll be up early this Sunday – not something I usually do – but it’s the 10th anniversary of a life-changing event. So I’ll spend a quiet hour before dawn remembering cyclone Larry. One of the most powerful cyclones ever to make landfall in […]

MY WEST KIMBERLEY PHOTO ALBUM

In September 2014, I moved across the top of Australia, to Broome. It looks and feels very different to far north Queensland – dry tropics instead of wet, and the country has very different stories to tell. Enjoy some pictures of the west Kimberley from […]

TIME FOR AUSTRALIA TO END THE NORTH-SOUTH CULTURE WAR

It happens at least once a week, sometimes more often, and it usually makes me cranky. I’m listening to radio news, and someone makes a pronouncement about the future of “northern Australia”. More often than not, the view comes from someone who lives deep in […]

ichard Dinnen Phil Staley C1 Cassowary ABC Far North

FAREWELL TO THE FAR NORTH

Career decisions can be momentous, and disastrous. Here’s one that turned out to be both. In September 2014, I decided to leave ABC Far North in Cairns and move to Broome, to run ABC Kimberley. It was a tremendous opportunity for me,  but required me […]

THE MUSIC OF CAIRNS FESTIVAL – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

The Cairns Festival gets underway tomorrow – as always, there’s some great local music on the program. Listen as Tony Hillier picks some highlights. PLAYLIST  Shape Of The Day — Mangrove Jack – self-titled album Rum and Coca-Cola from the new Seaman Dan album A Caribbean […]