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Friends of the Black Cockatoo

Posted: November 19, 2020 in Uncategorized

This week in my search for good news stories, I spent time at the Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre. What a great experience it was to see how this organisation is working so hard to protect the black cockatoo and to care for the environment in which this magnificent bird lives.

Kaarakin provides clinic facilities to care for injured birds that are brought in, and a careful rehabilitation programme is undertaken. This work is done in conjunction with other organisations including the Perth Zoo to ensure that when they are released the best opportunity is provided for their survival.

But more than that Kaarakin is working hard at protecting the environment and helping people to think through the issues that will affect the long-term sustainability of the black cockatoo and other native birds and animals,

Kaarakin isn’t open to the public, but paid tours can be arranged, that also assist in the overall running of the organisation and the sustainability of its operations.

It was an absolute delight to visit Kaarakin, so I hope you’ll enjoy the video.

From Techno to Rock

Posted: November 12, 2020 in Uncategorized
Johnny Young

Well, last week my Inspire Newscast got me into techno music, the music that accompanied the giant nests that have been appearing around Kalamunda. (check out last week’s Inspire Newscast if you haven’t seen it.)

This week I’ve gone back to old fashioned rock and roll. I went to a Remembrance Day concert organised by the Kalamunda branch of the RSL and caught up with veteran entertainer, Johnny Young, who appeared along with another veteran of the industry, Peter Anderson and the Troupadores.

Johnny’s inspiration for being involved in Remembrance Day concerts and other RSL events is his long time friendship with Normie Rowe, another legend of Australian rock and roll who was deeply affected by his time in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970.

I talked to Johnny about mentoring in the light of his time as producer and presenter of Young Talent Time from 1971-1988. More than 40 young people were mentored by Young and many went on to develop successful music careers. He is clearly very proud of his achievements in this area.

Hope you enjoy this video, including the old time rock and roll.

The Great Nest Mystery

Posted: November 5, 2020 in Uncategorized

Back in August some large nests began appearing around the City of Kalamunda. It was clearly an art installation, as each nest had a label numbering the nests and giving details of a techno-music track.

Recently two more nests have appeared. The location of the nests was a mystery except that the numbering gave those who were interested the opportunity to begin searching, sharing stories and joining in the hunt.

“Kalamundanests” on Instagram gave some hints, including the possibility that the first nest was on the beach at Yallingup, but all the others were in the City of Kalamunda.

There were some unique aspects to the mystery. Each of the nests were different and the music tracks were different (all techno). However, there was something well planned and executed in their secretive arrival and placement. There have been no complaints because there was nothing offensive or illegal about them.

In fact, the Mayor of the City of Kalamunda, Margaret Thomas has been a big supporter of the nests, as well as a keen “nest hunter”.

My latest #inspirenewscast puts me on the trail of the nests. Go and check it out. The link is at the top of the page, but if you’ve missed any of my earlier weekly newscasts, check them out at my YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/channel/UCxK7tWgjlPX2iSW-j_4cWng

Sculpture with Soul

Posted: October 29, 2020 in Uncategorized

I’d often heard that there was a sculpture park in the Swan Valley area, but had never gone out of my way to find it.

So it was quite a surprise when I made the effort and discovered that Ron Gomboc and his wife Terrie had been running the Gomboc Sculpture Park in Middle Swan for about 40 years.

It was even more surprising to discover that Ron had designed and produced the iconic statuette that is used to honour the winners of the annual AAFTA awards.

In producing this video I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Ron’s story and his desire to use sculpture to tell a story. Check out the video, and go and visit the Gomboc Sculpture Park.

Amanda’s Garden

Posted: October 22, 2020 in Uncategorized

What a delight it was to have a look at Amanda’s Garden and to try and capture some of the beauty on the garden on video. Even more significant than that was to meet Barry and Lorraine Young and hear the story behind the garden and the Amanda Young Foundation.

When Amanda Young died of meningococcal disease in 1997 there was hardly any awareness of the disease, even among the medical profession. Since then Barry and Lorraine, though the vehicle of the Amanda Young Foundation, have not only brought awareness, but significant steps have been made in overcoming the meningococcal disease.

One of the privileges of developing these weekly “Inspire Newscasts” is the ability to meet people like Lorraine and Barry, to hear their stories, and to share them with you. There are so many great people doing great things in our community and we need to hear these stories in order to lift our spirits and see the good in our world.

Amanda’s Garden Fete

October 24 @ 10:00 am – October 25 @ 4:30 pm

24 & 25 October. Amanda’s Garden Fete. There is something for everyone at this garden. Massed rose displays, water features, large variety of trees, shrubs and plants in rural setting. Devonshire teas, sausage sizzle, plant sales, art display, Paddy’s market and music. Located at the junction of Margaret and Matison Streets, Southern River. 10am to 4.30pm daily. All proceeds go towards Meningococcal Awareness.  Entry $5. Enquiries 9398 7275. http://www.amandayoungfoundation.org.au.

Translation from the heart

Posted: October 15, 2020 in Uncategorized

I found it inspiring to hear Noongar man, Tom Little talking about his work in translating the book of Ruth in the Bible into the Noongar language of the south west of Western Australia.

Tom first got involved in Bible translation when his mum and his aunty began translating Luke’s Gospel a decade ago. As a matter of interest my dad was also involved in that ground-breaking work that saw a major piece of literature translated from English to Noongar.

Tom has done this work largely on his own, with the support of the Bible Society in Australia and it is clearly a work from the heart. Watch this short video from my “Inspire Newscast” series to hear Tom’s story.

An accomplished musician, Tom provides backing to this video from his own didjeridoo music and takes us into the studio where the words from an ancient piece of literature, translated into a language that nearly went missing, are brought alive through the medium of 21st century technology.

By the way, if you missed any of my earlier Inspire Newscasts, check them out on my YouTube channel, and FOLLOW this site.

Accessing the digital world

Posted: October 8, 2020 in Uncategorized

There’s a growing demand for businesses to make themselves more accessible by people with a disability. We’re probably a long way further on than we were just a few years ago, but there’s still a long way to go.

You’d think that technology would solve many problems, but my latest Inspire Newscast raises the point that people with disabilities aren’t always aware of what’s available to them, and the people who build websites, don’t always think about the needs of people with a disability.

Dr Scott Hollier’s lived experience with a disability has led him to investigate how to make the digital world more accessible to people with disabilities, to the point he co-founded an organisation he is now leading that is setting the standards for the future.

It was great talking about this with Scott and learning more about what it means to make the digital world more accessible to people with a disability. I’d encourage you to watch his story and share it on your socials. 

Badjaling Remembers

Posted: October 1, 2020 in Uncategorized
Photographs of the early days of Badjaling Mission has helped to remember and heal.

It was a very special privilege to be invited to attend a photographic exhibition at the wheatbelt town of Quairading to mark the completion of an important project.

The elders of Badjaling community, situated about 10 minutes from Quairading, have been working with Community Vision to produce a book and website that recalls some of the history of Badjaling.

Take a look at this five minute Inspire Newscast video to find out about the project and hear from some of the people involved.

The event had personal interest as both my mum and dad spent time at Badjaling as single people, and later as a young married couple so I was able to meet current elders who were schoolchildren at the time.

Mum went there in 1930 at the age of 18 to work as a housekeeper for the two missionaries, Miss Mary Belshaw and Miss May McRidge and stayed for two years.

Dad went there in 1938 and at the age of 21 became the schoolteacher for 38 children. He had been sent to Australia from Belfast as a 13-year-old and had no family in Australia. Badjaling became his home, and when he was called up to military service he would return to Badjaling whenever he was on leave.

I hope you enjoy this video as much as I enjoyed the visit to Badjaling Remembers at Quairading.

Romancing the Stone

Posted: September 24, 2020 in Uncategorized
Meet Tom Hogg, the creator of “Romancing the Stone” garden

You can drive up Hawtin Road in Maida Vale, Western Australia, and may have noticed the sign “Romancing the Stone” without having any idea of what was behind that sign.

My latest Inspire Newscast takes a look into an amazing garden and introduces the story of Tom Hogg, the man behind that garden. When he started Tom had a vision for a garden that featured romance, fragrance, and the sound of running water.

And he’s achieved all three.

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Get Inspired

Posted: September 21, 2020 in Uncategorized
See how the community of the City of Kalamunda responded to the challenges of COVID 19.

It was just a month ago that I started putting together short videos under the title of “Inspire Newscasts”. The idea was to produce videos that would only last five minutes and that they would tell good news stories.

I’ve been surprised that in this time the opportunity to present these stories has grown unexpectedly. I’m already working a couple of weeks ahead of myself and finding more great stories to tell. The goal is to tell a story every Thursday night West Australian time.

It’s prompted me to upgrade my blog page and it now has the domain name of inspirenewscast.com so hopefully will be easier to find, and I can more effectively showcase my weekly videos.

I’ve got a great story coming up this Thursday, so look out for it.