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Making Waves Episode 5: IWM – Inclusive Water Management

This episode brings together many of the repeating themes that have been covered from different perspectives in the journey together so far, looking at what is possible and how to make it happen. 

This episode brings together many of the repeating themes that have been covered from different perspectives in the journey together so far, looking at what is possible and how to make it happen. 
– Matthew Burns (Taungurung Land and Waters Council / First Peoples Assembly of Victoria)
– ‘Walka’ from Kalaji, by Mark Coles Smith
– Brodey Hamilton (Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation), Melissa Kennedy (Tati Tati Kaiejin), Dr Erin O’Donnell (Melbourne Law School) – co-authors of Water Is Life, a roadmap toward Traditional Owner access to water in Victoria
– Students of Dharma school in Daylesford
– Ross Allen (3 Seeds Agency) and Toni Meek (Yarra Valley Water), who contemplate how effective community engagement can enact change

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Making Waves Episode 4: Let’s blow it out of the water (recycled water)

This episode is about recycled water topics and opportunities.

– Neil Gower and Kamal Love (Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation), on a Gubinje enterprise in Broome
– ‘Karlbi’ from Kalaji, featuring Matalja, by Mark Coles Smith
– Clare McAuliffe (Melbourne Water) on a recycled water plan – the Melbourne Sewerage Strategy)
– Students of Dharma school in Daylesford
– Dr Kathy Cinque (water quality) and Suzie Sarkis (public health), on how we move past status quo approaches
– Bruce Edwards (recycled water assets: Underground Opera)

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Making Waves Episode 3: Water under the bridge (surface waters)

This episode explores how traditional knowledge can inform management of surface waters, and look at problems with our current management frameworks. 

– Dr Anne Poelina (on Mardoowarra country, Broome), to ‘wake up the snake’
– ‘Yoolbooroo’ from Kalaji, by Mark Coles Smith
– Troy McDonald, on his water journey
– World Heritage Ranger, Aaron Morgan, on Gunditjmara country, at the UNESCO-recognised Tae Rak, in the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape
– Aboriginal Water Officer Nicky Hudson on cultural flows background at the Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation
– Students of Dharma school in Daylesford

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Making Waves Episode 2: Unchartered Waters (Cultural Flows)

This episode of Making Waves features:
– Water warrior Cheryl Buchanan (Guwamu), about the genesis of cultural flows methodologies
– ‘Ngarlila’ from Kalaji, by Mark Coles Smith
– Brad Moggridge (Kamilaroi), on challenges for recognition of Aboriginal water rights
– Dale Mundraby (Mandingalbay Yidinji), on how lands and waters are managed on Mandingalbay Yidinji country (Cairns/Great Barrier Reef)
– Students of Dharma school in Daylesford

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Making Waves Episode 1: Doesn’t hold water (water governance)

This episode of Making Waves features:
– world renowned Aboriginal water rights academic at ANU, Dr Virginia Marshall (Wiradjuri Nyemba), the author of Overturning Aqua Nullius
– water engineer and proud Baakandji Wamba Wamba man, Michael Browne, who’s been busily embedding Traditional Owner and community perspectives into place-based planning and management of water resources in Melbourne
– Joe Flynn, a water reform expert with experience bringing together First Nations (Maori water rights) and corporate perspectives in productive conversations
– the first feature song from Kalaji, a debut album from Nyikina sound artist and acclaimed actor Mark Coles Smith
– some potential future water managers (students from the Dharma school in Daylesford).

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A Middle Ground: Federal Election-Where are the Rural Issues?

While much of Australia’s prosperity still comes from it’s regional heartland, rural issues have received little attention in this federal election campaign. This is despite recent devastating natural disasters across north-west Queensland, where more than 650-thousand head of cattle died in catastrophic floods, causing almost two billion dollars worth of damage. The Rural Press Club recently hosted a fundraiser and discussion on what should be done now to ensure the future of the regions, where we spoke to those affected about the difficult recovery they face. Griffith University’s Professor Fabrizio Carmagnani tells A Middle Ground podcast that the implementation of rural policies by all major parties is in desperate need of reform, to stop the overlap of federal, state and local governments and get more help to those who need it most.

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Streets of Your Town: Carol Taylor’s Fashion for Disability

Have you ever stopped to contemplate how difficult it is to find appropriate clothing, if you have a disability? And not just functional clothing, but fashionable, beautiful, and fun clothing. Imagine being at the top of your career, leading your own legal practice, but unable to find appropriate professional clothing to wear. This is the dilemma that faces solicitor Carol Taylor regularly. A car accident in 2001 left Carol Taylor a quadriplegic, paralysed from the chest down, and unable to move her fingers.
Since those difficult days, Carol has become a mother, and returned to work becoming principal of Taylor Law and Conveyancing. And now she adds artist and fashion designer to her achievements. Carol’s works are now on display in the exhibition Agency by Design: Expressive Design for Disability at artisan in Brisbane until July 13 2019. Her dream now is to create designs for beautiful garments that can be made into patterns, for people with a disability around the world to wear.

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A Middle Ground: Samara McPhedran on Gun Laws

Guns and the laws that govern their control are again in the spotlight, in the wake of the massacre of 50 people in two Christchurch mosques on March 15. Senior Research Fellow at Griffith University’s Violence Research and Prevention Program Dr Samara McPhedran has researched this extensively, and is urging policy makers to take a considered approach rather than rush to solve this complex issue. She tells A Middle Ground that the media also must examine the part it plays in reporting mass shootings, and says recent reports catching One Nation courting funding from the gun lobby, do not reveal any new information.

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Streets of Your Town: MooGoo’s Craig Jones

Get an audio insight into an entrepreneur’s mind in this episode of Streets of Your Town featuring Craig Jones, the founder of Australian skincare brand MooGoo. He started making MooGoo cream in a saucepan in a tiny two bedroom apartment, and now runs a company producing more than 40 all natural skin care products all made in Australia, exporting to seven countries around the world, and employing around 100 people.

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Streets of Your Town: The Dangerous Hopper Ant

It’s been described by Sir David Attenborough as one of the world’s most dangerous ants. And it’s prolific, found in colonies throughout Australia, resulting in an estimated two hospital emergency admissions a week in Adelaide alone. The native hopper ant, also knows as the jack jumper, may be small but it packs a painful sting in its tail, so much so that for a significant number of people, it causes anaphylactic shock and even death. Yet two esteemed researchers tell us on this episode of Streets of Your Town that the hopper ant problem is not receiving the funding needed to properly respond to the growing number of allergic reactions.

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Streets of Your Town: Brendon Donohue

Imagine not being able to see, and catching the train to work. Then someone grabs your hand and drags you on the train, leaving you unsure of where you are and even if you are safe. This has happened to Brendon Donohue more than once on his way to his job as a compliance officer in central Brisbane. Brendon spends his spare time lobbying for fair access to public facilities for all people, regardless of their disability or otherwise. In this episode of Streets of Your Town, I meet Brendon at one of his favourite pubs, near his home at South Brisbane.

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Streets of Your Town: Kathryn Stott and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Townsville in lush North Queensland is not necessarily known as a hub of classical music from around the world, but it will soon be transformed. This is Artistic Director Kathryn Stott’s second Australian Festival of Chamber Music, and she tells me on this episode of Streets of Your Town how this time she’s scored a number of coups. This includes five world premieres, five Australian premieres and 40 of the best chamber musicians on the planet playing compositions from the 13th century to the present day, over ten days of a balmy North Queensland winter, in July and August. And proving her commitment to emerging artists of the genre, one of those world premieres is from Brisbane born and now London based composer Connor D’Netto, who has also been chosen as the Composer-in-Residence.

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A Middle Ground: Natasha Stott-Despoja and David Ritter

In this episode of ‘A Middle Ground’ Nance Haxton speaks with former Senator and leader of the Democrats, Natasha Stott-Despoja, about her new nook ‘On Violence’ and how the diminution of behavioural standards in federal parliament is part of the problem. Also in this episode, Nance talks with CEO of Greenpeace Asia Pacific David Ritter about his new book ’The Coal Truth’ and why Australians must demand better political representation.

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Streets of Your Town: Las Cafeteras

Las Cafeteras is all about fusion. Based in LA, this eclectic band mixes Afro-Mexican, hip-hop, folk and first nations musical styles into a frenetic celebration that pulls people to their feet. Band member Hector Flores sees their music as a metaphor for how the world should be. He wears his Mexican heritage proudly, calling for more understanding and tolerance through music and food, spreading his message of social justice across musical and physical borders. In this episode of Streets of Your Town podcast, I speak to Hector straight after the band’s electric performance at Adelaide’s world music festival, WOMADelaide.

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Streets of Your Town: Dangerous Town

Dangerous Song is a unique performance that combines the human voice with modern electronics, age-old instruments, and the calls of endangered animals to create an intriguing and moving musical piece like nothing I’ve seen before. In this episode of Streets of Your Town you’ll meet the creative team behind this moving piece, as they prepare for the WOMADelaide world music festival and hopefully a tour around the country soon after. Interwoven throughout the performance are refrains of distinctive Mongolian throat singing and the haunting sounds of the Mongolian horse head fiddle.

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