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Bilby Award Winning Interview

What The Hills?!

Release Date: 08/08/2021

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What The Hills?!

Last week on What The Hills we met Sally Harding.  She's an Adelaide Hills local whose career and interests have put her right in the centre of local life.    In part one of our interview sally talked about moving to the hills, her work in newspapers and photography, and what she did to help out after the Cuddlee Creek bushfires. This week we move on to other topics.  Local history is something Sally is increasingly becoming interested in, and some of the community groups she's part of have opened her eyes to locals who have been important to the history of our district,...

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What The Hills?!

I put out a call recently for Adelaide Hills locals to share their stories of local life, and I wasn't disappointed.  Sally Harding got in touch with me, and soon we were talking about shared experiences and our connection with the local community.   Sally has been involved with a lot of Hills organisations, and she just loves living here.  Her work has given her some unique insights to just what being a Hills local means.   This week you'll hear the first half of my catch up with Sally.  The second half will be out next week.

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What The Hills?!

Hands up who's looking for something new to read?  It's summer and there's no better way to spend some relaxation time than escaping into a good book.  If you can find one written by a local author, all the better. The Adelaide Hills is full of authors in all genres.  Whatever it is that you want to read, you can find it written by an author who just might also be a neighbour.  It's one of the little perks of living here. LJ Duncan has just published the third book in his dystopian series, and has already just about finished a brand new book - a crime thriller based in...

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What The Hills?!

This weekend has one of the highlights of the Christmas season in the Adelaide Hills.  The Nairne & Districts Residents Association presents the Nairne Community Carols at Nairne Primary School.  It's an award winning event, and this year Lofty will be there broadcasting the event live for the very first time. It took a bit of planning around their busy routines, but I managed to catch up with a couple of the organisers to find out all about this year's event.  Kelly and David have been involved in the Nairne Community Carols for a few years now.  They spend months...

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What The Hills?!

When you've lived in a place most of your life, you get to see a lot of changes, and you get to know a lot of people. Jock Dean is a Mount Barker local, just like his parents and grandparents.  Throughout his life he's mixed with locals who have shaped the district.  They've had a hand in shaping what Mount Barker is today.  Some of Jock's schoolmates include prominent sports and business people, members of local service clubs, and even my mum. I caught up with Jock to reminisce about his early years in the town, his career, and what he thinks of how the future is shaping...

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What The Hills?!

While the weather might not always do what we're expecting, it is definitely cricket season, and that's a great time for me to catch up with today's guest. Joe Hill of the Alexandra and Eastern Hills Cricket Association has been involved as a player and administrator of local cricket for most of his life. This week, Joe gives us some insight to what's happening in the game now, and how it's evolved from the association cricket we know of decades gone by.  Joe talks to us about the new women's cricket competition, and an award recently won by the association.  And I might have a story...

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What The Hills?!

Have you ever wondered what would have happened if you had followed your childhood dreams? What would your life be like now?  Would you be rich and famous?  Have an amazing career?  Live in another country? It's hard to say how life would have turned out if we made different decisions.  And for more than a few of us, the opportunity to follow those childhood dreams is slipping out of our reach. When Tiffany was in primary school she wanted to be a famous musician.  She learned to play a few instruments, and she started writing and performing her own songs.  First...

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What The Hills?!

One of the big parts of our lifestyle here in the Adelaide Hills is our rich arts culture.  The hills is a haven for artists of all types, where they can create, learn, share and sell their works. An indelible part of that culture is Silvio Apponyi.  He's been creating sculptures for decades in stone, wood, and other materials.  Along the way he's helped many other artists get a hand up, and helped them on their way to their own successful careers. Silvio's latest project is something that will never be finished.  He's working to create an arts hub at Crystal Lake at...

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What The Hills?!

Paul Farina grew up in the Adelaide Hills. Along with his big brother Anthony he was a mad keen sports nut, involved in every sport he could get his hands on. As an adult, Paul found himself playing cricket in England and then settling in Melbourne to develop his own business.   Then, a couple of years ago, Paul got call from his brother that he will never forget.  Anthony had been diagnosed with cancer. When your big brother suddenly becomes vulnerable it can knock your world around.  Paul spent a lot of time looking at his own health.  But he also spent a lot of time with...

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What The Hills?!

Some interesting topics can come up when you're having a free-ranging conversation.  In my chat with Greg Were this week we did talk about his music and his latest album.  But we also covered the nature of time and memory, problem solving methods used by Nicola Tesla and changes in the music industry. Greg's new album, The Butterfly Revolution Continues, is available now, and it makes for some thought provoking listening. Greg has generously given me permission to use his music for the podcast. Join me and Greg as we talk about his music and far more.  What the Hills is the...

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I was very honoured and excited to be awarded the Bilby for Best Interview at this year's SA Community Broadcasters Association Awards.  It's really special when a guest opens up and shares their story, and I was lucky enough to be the one there with the microphone.

My guest for this interview was Jodie Turpin, from the Lobethal Bushfire Recovery Centre. Jodie was nominated for, and won the Westfield Local Heroes award in 2020 for her work immediately following the 2019 bushfires, and in the many months after.
While the full interview covered a great deal concerning Jodie’s voluntary work, this five minute excerpt concentrates on her experiences at the time of the fire, and the
community’s response.

The bushfires of December 2019 had an enormous impact on the local community.
By the time the interview was conducted in September 2020 recovery was well underway, but there was still a long way to go. At the same time, we were heading into the next fire season with a great deal of trepidation. Jodie’s story is just one of hundreds, about the devastation of the fires and the amazing response from the community.

Everyone in the area has lifelong memories of bushfire, whether the 2019 fires or those which have happened in the past. Jodie was able to talk about not only the amazing work she did during the recovery, but her own very close encounter with the fire. She also speaks in a very heartfelt way about her grief and guilt at surviving with her home and family intact. It’s a very emotional point when both Jodie and Kimberley are momentarily unable to continue with the interview as they contemplate the effect that fire has had on both them and their community. Thise episode had a huge amount of feedback from listeners.

 

“Wow that awesome, I had lots of msgs also when I shared the last link. It was a very touching interview, I had emotions come out for the first time since that devastating day. It means a lot that you took the time out to want to hear my story and experiences during the devastating fires.”

Jodie Turpin, Lobethal Bushfire Recovery

 

“If you can get me to listen to every word on a chat show..... I don’t normally stay in the zone when it comes to blah blah blah, but you and your guests are so interesting, you have my full attention. Loving it! But you made me cry so much. I just finished putting my eye liner on too and now have to start again!”

Lofty Listener