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MEET SANTA, DODGE POLAR BEARS. KIMBERLEY INDIGENOUS RUNNER AT THE NORTH POLE MARATHON

Broome marathon runner Adrian Dodson-Shaw braved minus 60 temperatures and polar bears to run the North Pole Marathon Adrian celebrates his historic North Pole Marathon

Adrian loves a challenge – and many have come his way since he joined Robert de Castella‘s Indigenous Marathon project last year.

Adrian ran the 2014 New York marathon, and in early April he added a far tougher event to his list – the North Pole marathon.

Adrian covered the 42 kilometre course in just over eight hours. It was slow going on ice and snow, in temperatures down to 60 below zero.

The course was patrolled by armed snipers just in case the local polar bears took an interest in the runners or race officials.

Adrian’s two young sons thought he was going jogging with Santa.

“I had to go and take a selfie with Santa. I didn’t mention to them that I ate some reindeer.”

It’s hard to imagine a place more unlike Adrian’s home in the Kimberley. He’d never seen snow before and doesn’t like cold weather.

This is one of the most demanding athletic events on the planet, but Adrian says he loved taking part and he’s proud to be the first indigenous Australian at the north pole.

LISTEN TO MY INTERVIEW WITH ADRIAN DODSON-SHAW

 

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2015 in KIMBERLEY

 

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DRIVING FROM CAIRNS TO BROOME – PICTURES FROM A GREAT ROAD TRIP

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I’ve just spent a week in my car – driving from Cairns to Broome. It’s an epic road trip, almost an odyssey. A bit late in the year for it, so I ran into storms most afternoons, but it was a great trip. Highly recommended. I opted for the Flinders Highway to Mount Isa, rather than the rougher ride through the Gulf Country – I’ll save that for next time.

Day 1 Cairns to Charters Towers: Day 2 Charters Towers to Mount Isa: Day 3 Mt Isa to Renner Springs: Day 4 Renner Springs to Timber Creek: Day 5 Timber Creek to Lake Argyle: Day 6 Lake Argyle to Fitzroy Crossing: Day 7 home to Broome. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

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Posted by on December 19, 2014 in EFFINCUE, KIMBERLEY

 

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MORE PICTURES FROM THE KIMBERLEY

 A few more pictures from my new home – Broome and surrounds. I’ll be heading over to the east Kimberley in a couple of weeks, stay tuned for the photos.

 

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Posted by on November 27, 2014 in KIMBERLEY, rd on the road

 

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TIME FOR AUSTRALIA TO END THE NORTH SOUTH CULTURE WAR

northIt 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 the south of our wide brown land. Might never have been here, and they’re usually pushing political, policy, commercial or environmental agendas.

These are people seeking to shape the future of my home, my region. Some ideas have merit, others are fanciful – but where is the northern voice in the discussion of this much misunderstood and mythologised place called northern Australia? There are wise and articulate northerners looking to the future, but can they compete in what one leading tropical academic calls the “north-south culture wars”?

Allan Dale is Professor of Tropical Regional Development at James Cook University – and he’s a man who is deeply connected to and fond of the north. In a new book, Allan says the strong cultural divide between northern and southern Australia is something of a culture war – and we’ve got to make peace if we want to make the most of northern Australia.

Beyond the North-South Culture Wars; Reconciling Northern Australia’s Recent Past With Its Future is an eloquent exploration of widely differing visions of the north, the conflicts and opportunities they present.

LISTEN to my interview with Allan Dale.

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ALLAN DALE

ALLAN DALE

 

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2014 in EFFINCUE, KIMBERLEY, rd on the road

 

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A NEW APPROACH TO INDIGENOUS HOUSING IN THE WA KIMBERLEY REGION

RICHARD & VIC AT THE DISPLAY HOUSE IN BROOME

RICHARD & VIC AT THE DISPLAY HOUSE IN BROOME

Anyone who’s spent time in remote parts of Australia knows it’s expensive to build houses here. And that’s just the start. The rigours of tropical climates require a determined approach to maintenance & repair – none of it cheap, all of it essential. And you need a building that belongs here, not in the cold deep south. It all adds up to plenty of money.

All the research tells us we can’t afford not to afford the cost of a good home here. Poor housing takes us fairly quickly to poor health, and other equally dangerous risks. Especially in our indigenous communities – where there are many obstacles to getting affordable, appropriate housing.

A group called FISH (Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Housing) hopes to change that – with a new approach that looks to get people, industry and governance working more effectively together to address indigenous housing issues and help create more sustainable housing in the north of Western Australia. Tomorrow, FISH invites you to the opening of their first annual sustainable home – a display house they hope to sell next year to raise funds to build more homes. It’s open tomorrow at Lot 163, 6 Magabala Road, Broome North Estate.

LISTEN to FISH directors Scott Martyn, Richard Simpson and Vic Hunter talk about the challenges, the progress and what remains to be done. And listen near the end for Vic’s hilarious story about explaining the notion of an ensuite bathroom to some-one who’s never encountered one before.

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Posted by on November 21, 2014 in KIMBERLEY

 

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THE ABC KIMBERLEY CRAB DASH CUP – A BRAND NEW VENERABLE TRADITION

It’s a historic day at ABC Kimberley – with the running (or is that scuttling) of the first ever Kimberley Crab Dash Cup. They call it the race that stops the crustacean nation. Hermit crabs named for past Melbourne Cup winners did the dash in a very competitive field – the winner in a photo finish was Nimble Foot – named for the 1870 cup winner. It’s a very Kimberley way to get involved in the Melbourne Cup – but as our stewards discovered, the contestants need to be carefull handled.

Listen to Vanessa Mills call the race

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Posted by on November 4, 2014 in KIMBERLEY

 

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LOOKING AFTER SEAGRASS – KIMBERLEY STYLE

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This morning I met the volunteers working on the Broome Community Seagrass Monitoring Project as they came ashore at Town Beach. They’d just finished almost four hours looking at the seagrass that is home or food to many of the marine creatures living in Roebuck Bay.

They’re out on the mudflats four times a year, to monitor the health of the local seagrass meadows – like so many ecosystems, the seagrass is vital and fragile. The scientists tell us that globally, two football fields worth of the stuff disappears each hour – mostly as a result of human made environmental pressures. When seagrass declines, fish, turtle, dugong – all manner of sea creatures – are adversely affected.

Today the Broome volunteers have Len McKenzie with them – Len leads the national Seagrass-Watch program.

LISTEN to my interview with Len, project co-ordinator Julia Rau and the volunteers

LEN McKENZIE & VOLUNTEERS AFTER A MORNING WITH THE SEAGRASS

LEN McKENZIE & VOLUNTEERS AFTER A MORNING WITH THE SEAGRASS

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2014 in KIMBERLEY

 

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