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Discover new people, places and perspectives with Voice of Real Australia. Each episode showcases stories from rural and regional Australia. A podcast from ACM -- Australia's largest independent media network.

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What's the buzz about delivery drones?
This isn't just a story about flying take-out.
Jun 29, 2022
The Roadkill State
Tasmania has earned a reputation as the roadkill capital of Australia. The stats say 32 animals are killed every hour - that's more than 500,000 marsupials, reptiles and birds killed on the state's roads every single year. And this is despite Tasmania being an island that's known for its unique biodiversity and world heritage wilderness. You could argue that there're more animals here so there's going to be more dead ones. But when you look closer you see holes in animal protection policy that leaves even endangered species exposed. Read about it: https://www.examiner.com.au/story/7780267/ This podcast was produced by Laura Corrigan and Tom Melville.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 15, 2022
What happened to Bendigo’s Chinese miners?
During the gold rush Chinese immigrants made up a quarter of Bendigo’s population, but now only one percent trace their ancestry back to these diggers. The goldfields were a dangerous place in the 19th century particularly for Chinese miners who faced inhibitory discrimination and suffered xenophobic attacks. Despite this many made Bendigo their home and helped shape the city it is today. Their legacy can be seen in the annual Chinese Dragon parade, Golden Dragon Museum, and Chinese gardens. And some miners still haunt the Chinese section of a local cemetery although many of the bodies were exhumed.  Reporting by Bendigo Advertiser journalists Petula Bowa and Tom O’Callaghan who writes a semi-regular history series on his hometown, called ‘What Happened?’ Read the feature article: https://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/7763262/ More about 'Swedish Charlie;: https://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/7762980/  This podcast was produced by Laura Corrigan and Tom Melville. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 01, 2022
Farmers and fishers feud over riverside camping in Victoria
A simple policy change to allow camping on public land - Crown river frontages - has become a divisive issue among farmers a...
May 18, 2022
Disaster Country Part 2: Living in an unlivable world
When a disaster strikes it's amazing to see the number of people who are ready to lend a helping hand. Neighbours saving neighbours,...
May 09, 2022
Disaster Country Part 1: It's getting harder to live here
Floods, fires, drought, and blistering heat have always been a part of Australian life. But, with rising global temperatures, are they...
May 09, 2022
Coming on Tuesday May 10: Disaster Country
The recent floods in the northern rivers were the worst on record, by around two whole metres in some...
May 04, 2022
Goat yoga sets the baa for mental health care
What have goats got to do with yoga? And what does any of it have to do with mental health? It can be tough to get mental health...
Apr 20, 2022
Finding a place for autistic kids in regional Australia
In Tamworth, Melissa Reinikka is struggling to get her son into the right class at school. Eight-year-old Jacob has autism, anxiety and...
Apr 06, 2022
Carbon farming for big and small change
Carbon farming is being touted as a way to slow down and reverse climate change. The idea is that you can suck carbon from the...
Mar 23, 2022
Should we turn waste into watts?
Plastic waste is a huge and growing problem in Australia. What can't be reused or recycled ends up in landfill. An alternative is to...
Mar 09, 2022
Will the Hunter Valley be ready when the change comes?
Coal employs around 14,000 people in the Hunter Valley. Whole communities have risen up out of the dark soil, established on lucrative...
Feb 23, 2022
Sins of the Fathers: Clergy abuse weighs on western Victoria
School should be a safe space, not a peadophile's playground. The community was in shock after the 2013 Royal Commission revealed...
Feb 09, 2022
Waves of nostalgia at legendary South Coast break
The surfer's getaway Don Hearn's Cabins is a throwback to when a break was a break on the South Coast. The cabins at Cunjurong Point...
Jan 26, 2022
Diabetes: The silent assassin
Type 2 diabetes is everywhere in this country and around the world - there could be 700 million cases worldwide in the next 25 years....
Jan 12, 2022
Should we eat our national animal?
Kangaroos are an Aussie emblem, but they're also a source of native red meat. Roo harvesting divides Australians but there's evidence...
Dec 15, 2021
When culture is a crime: Fishing on the South Coast
Aboriginal people are being prosecuted on the South Coast of NSW for fishing, something their ancestors had done there for thousands of...
Dec 01, 2021
Why wombats are rotting to death
Mange riddled wombats die an agonising death without treatment, but governments don't consider the parasite a conservation issue. This...
Nov 17, 2021
Closing the map: Restoring Aboriginal place names
Some Aboriginal place names are so iconic, like Noosa or Wollongong, that we don't even think about them. But over two centuries of...
Nov 03, 2021
Regenerating a valley and a community
Bylong's population dwindled after a coal mine bought up family farms, the school, the general store and the Catholic church. Over a...
Oct 20, 2021
Forgotten River 4: There's money in mud
It's been nearly a decade since the river at Kallara Station broke its banks and Justin McClure had to get around his property by boat....
Oct 06, 2021
Forgotten River 3: Where will the river people go?
The fate of the Barkindji is tied to the fate of the river - the Barka. When it is flowing, the mostly Aboriginal town of Wilcannia i...
Sep 29, 2021
Forgotten River 2: Piggy in the middle
Caught between thirsty cash croppers upstream and down, the people who live along the Darling/Barka are fighting a battle on two...
Sep 22, 2021
Forgotten River 1: Dead fish and an empty lake
The sudden death of over a million fish around the Menindee Lakes focused international attention on the plight of the Darling River....
Sep 15, 2021
Introducing Forgotten River a Voice of Real Australia mini-series
From September 16 Voice of Real Australia brings you a very special mini-series, Forgotten River: An outback tragedy. This three part...
Sep 08, 2021
Rescued boy meets hero's family 60 years after Mudgee flood
All towns have their legends, Mudgee is no exception. In 1959, a six-year-old boy was rescued during a flood on the town's main street...
Aug 18, 2021
Hidden treasures of White Cliffs
In this remote town lives a woman in her 70s who delivered mail across 3500km of outback. It's also home to three mates in their 20s...
Aug 04, 2021
Eight kids and a nun walk into court, and it's no joke for rural Aussies
A new mine in Boggabri was at the centre of a landmark court ruling that found the Environment Minister has a duty of care to protect...
Jul 21, 2021
How can you run a tourism business when your staff have nowhere to live?
In Jindabyne, ongoing staff shortages mean businesses struggle to keep up with demand. We speak to Jindabyne business owners to...
Jul 07, 2021
How a Devonport dad took control of a 30-year drug addiction
Recovering drug addict Steven* is looking forward to a holiday with his kids. But this couldn't have been possible if he was put behind...
Jun 23, 2021
Warrnambool site may rewrite human history, and the mouse plague explained
Regional NSW is under attack. So what's with the mouse plague and is there an end in sight? And how long exactly have humans occupied...
Jun 09, 2021
Latrobe Valley demise a warning as Australia moves away from coal
For over 100 years coal has ruled Latrobe Valley. But now as power stations close down the community is being left behind. The people...
May 12, 2021
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May 11, 2021
Port Arthur massacre first responders speak after 25 years
The mass murder of 35 people at Port Arthur is a difficult subject to broach in Tasmania, the shooting is surrounded by an unofficial...
Apr 27, 2021
Community power play: Towns making their own electricity
The way Australia produces electricity is changing. The traditional one-way, centralised market is being disrupted. Small communities...
Apr 14, 2021
Indigenous agriculture: Can native crops heal our country?
Before wheat was wheat, it was an introduced grass. Every year it battles our fickle climate. But we do have native grasses that First...
Mar 31, 2021
Beaudesert's heritage saleyard stands up to council bulldozing
A beloved pig and calf saleyard in Beaudesert, south east Queensland, was recently given heritage status. But in an unusual case,...
Mar 17, 2021
PEP 11 gas rigs loom on the horizon, and Launceston stuck in the mud
Offshore gas rigs have been touted as a solution for the pandemic recession and energy transition. But the PEP 11 exploration licence...
Mar 03, 2021
Voice of Real Australia Presents: Talk of the Times
Dr Liz Allen is now a top academic at the ANU in Canberra, but she might have ended up in the gutter with a needle in her...
Mar 02, 2021
What's killing our Snow Gums?
The iconic snow gum is dying out. Scientists believe a beetle is killing off the trees in the Snowy Mountains and throughout the...
Feb 17, 2021
Uncovering Canowindra's forgotten fish fossils
In 1993 near Canowindra, in the Central West of New South Wales, paleontologist Dr Alex Ritchie was given just 10 days for an...
Feb 03, 2021
Devils on the mainland, and Australia's biggest whale stranding
There are now 26 Tasmanian Devils calling Barrington Tops home. They're the first wild mainland devils since they were wiped out 3000...
Jan 20, 2021
Pale, male and stale: Where are all our Indigenous cricketers?
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have a long and complicated relationship with cricket. A team of Indigenous players was the...
Jan 06, 2021
Voice of Real Australia Presents: Hear Them Raw
Most people know Mike Wilson as the bloke at the bull sale with a pen in his hand and notepad in his back pocket. On the outside you'd...
Dec 23, 2020
Bawley Point brigade's new recruits take fight to bushfire fears
Bawley Point was one of the first South Coast villages to be threatened by the ferocious Currowan fire that ravaged the region....
Dec 09, 2020
Wytaliba and Torrington fires: When wilderness escapes become death traps
On November 8 2019 there were a record 17 fires burning at emergency level in New South Wales. The New England region of New South...
Nov 25, 2020
Dubbo's drug problem, and Black Summer still haunts Cobargo
In Dubbo, drugs are everywhere. The crisis here has brought with it an epidemic of mental health struggles, homelessness, family...
Nov 11, 2020
The Drip Gorge and the women fighting for it
About half an hour north of Mudgee, on the Ulan Road, is a stunning natural sandstone formation which runs along the Goulburn...
Oct 28, 2020
On board the Aurora Australis, the only Australian-made Antarctic icebreaker
The retired Aurora Australis was built at Carrington Slipways upriver from Newcastle and is the only Australian-made...
Oct 14, 2020
Dungog's biking boom, and the telehealth revolution in the bush
Have you used telehealth before? Around 30 million Australians have since March. The uptick was made possible because of changes to...
Sep 30, 2020
Majura Valley: Lease insecurity and Canberra's farming past, present and potential
You have heard of the Barossa Valley, Hunter Valley and Yarra Valley. These are regions praised for their boutique produce and...
Sep 16, 2020
Coal-ash pitfalls and possibilities, a postcard from Dimboola, and a COVID-19 storybook
Ever been to Dimboola? The town on the Wimmera River in western Victoria is attracting tree-changers from far and wide. We take a tour...
Sep 02, 2020
Hear stories from beyond the big cities with Voice of Real Australia
From September 3 2020 discover people, places and perspectives from regional and rural Australia. Voice of Real Australia is a new...
Aug 26, 2020