Central Station - True Stories from Outback Australia

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True stories from the Australian Outback, told by the people who live them.


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Meet the men and women who live and work on some of Australia’s most remote cattle stations.



There are tales of mustering, stock camps, working dogs, rogue cattle and hard bloody yakka, but also the fun of a bush wedding or kicking back at a rodeo.



There’s the simple wonder of living in an amazing landscape, but also the downside: the ravages of flood, fire and drought.



And always there’s the inherent danger of isolation – times when the Flying Doctor came to the rescue, but also times when lives have been tragically cut short.



These compelling true-life stories show what outback life is really like – and why many wouldn’t live anywhere else.

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Episode Date
Tom & Annabel Curtain - Turning the hard times into adventures
1:28:20

Golden-guitar winning Tom Curtain and his incredible wife and business partner, Annabel, were our guests on the very first episode of this podcast way back in June 2019. Way back when I had never recorded a podcast, and didn’t know what sound quality was.


So, last night I sat down with Tom and Annabel for take two.


My plan was to rerecord just our first episode in better sound quality, but plans changed. So, in this episode you will hear some condensed versions of stories that were covered in episode one, including Tom’s childhood, how Tom and Annabel met, and the Katherine Outback Experience origin story. 


There’s also a few new stories from those times, and then we catch up on what’s been happening since Tom and Annabel last appeared on the show – including the birth of two children, a number of national tours, and the new album which is released in a couple of weeks. 


Sometimes you can’t connect the dots looking forward – you can only do that while looking back. And looking back on this episode, and the experiences that Tom and Annabel have had, it’s clear that these two have given everything in their path a good crack, and when times have been tough their resilience and sense of adventure shines through.

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Oct 03, 2022
Ashley Dowden - A stickybeak into Challa Station
1:25:54

Back in episodes 150, 151 and 156, we heard the stories of Debbie and Ashley Dowden from Challa Station in the southern rangelands of WA.


Now, two of those episodes were recorded with Debbie, and Ashley only recorded one... or did he?


For those of you who don't know, we actually have two podcast series. Central Station, the one you're listening to right now, and the other one is called Cattle Station Classroom. Within that podcast, I launched a mini series called "Station Stickybeak", where I sit down with station owners and managers across the country to... well... have a massive stickybeak into their station and business.


And so today, I invite you to join me in having a stickybeak into Challa Station. For more episodes, make sure you search Cattle Station Classroom wherever you get your podcasts, or you can find it on our website.

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Sep 26, 2022
Tourists do the darnedest things [Best Of]
33:01

Tourists


Where do I begin? Tourists are part and parcel of life in the outback. And, while some are worth their weight in gold, others make life just that little bit harder...


In this [best of] episode, I’ve pulled together a few yarns about tourists from previous episodes. 


And to any tourists listening... we do love you... sort of… but please, plan ahead, have back ups of everything, and let someone know where you’re going! 

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Sep 19, 2022
Robbie Schmidt - The people and places who have shaped my life
1:31:27

Robbie Schmidt is a self-confessed ratbag.  


The Alice Springs identity spent his formative years traveling between large properties in South Australia and the Northern Territory, so it’s not surprising that he ended up working as a station manager.


But, then Robbie and his partner chose to step away from working in agriculture for 5 long years. 


In this episode, Robbie shares yarns about the experiences which have shaped his life and why he came back to life on the land. He also speaks about his passion for nurturing a community around the sport of bronco branding, and why he has chosen to leave Alice Springs after all these years.


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Sep 12, 2022
Renee McBryde - Working in Child Protection to break the cycle
1:17:42

So often, stories about outback Australia revolve around people working on the land. 


But, not everyone who lives in the outback wears a big hat and cowboy boots.


Renee McBryde lives in Alice Springs, Australia’s red centre.


It’s a world away from the housing commission in Sydney where she spent her childhood.


Renee’s story is unlike any we have ever come across. At the age of 6 she learnt that her father, who has been absent her entire life, wasn’t working away, but indeed serving a prison sentence for murder.


Her relationship with her young mother was turbulent at times, which she was yet to realise was a part of a cycle within her family.


It’s easy to imagine how Renee’s life could have turned out.


What’s harder to wrap your mind around is how it did turn out. 


Today Renee is the author of two best selling memoirs, “House of Lies”, and “Unravelling Us”, and by day she works in the Child Protection unit as a social worker.


In this episode Renee shares the path that led her to this role, and what working in child protection is really like.

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Sep 05, 2022
Willie Cook - Before 'Outback Ringer' (Part 2)
1:21:46

Everything in Willie Cook’s life was going to plan – he’d met the love of his life, he split his time between flying helicopters and working on his family’s station in the high country of New Zealand, and together with his partner and parents, he’d branched out into his own lease country.


And then it all came crashing down.


In this episode, Willie shares the story of how the Global Financial Crisis in 2008 saw he and his family lose absolutely everything they had, and how he came to Australia for a fresh start.


Willie, his wife Liz, and their two young sons have been in Australia for less than a decade, and they’ve already made serious headway in rebuilding their lives, as well as capturing the hearts of the nation through their time on the ABC tv series Outback Ringer.



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Aug 28, 2022
Willie Cook - Before 'Outback Ringer' (Part 1)
22:50

Willie Cook is known as the bull-catching, helicopter-flying Kiwi from the ABC tv series “Outback Ringer”. I caught up with Willie at his home in the Adelaide River region of the Northern Territory to hear the incredible story of how he and his young family came to be in Australia. However, that story is coming next week. Today, I’m sharing the very beginning of our chat, where Willie told me about his early years in New Zealand.

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Aug 22, 2022
Nikita Morris - In real life
1:11:58

Nikita Morris doesn’t like being called an influencer. But there are tens of thousands of people who avidly follow her every move on social media - captivated by her candid stories about station life and her stunning good looks. But she’s so much more than a pretty face.


In this episode, Nikita opens up about love of history, tradition and growing up on ‘Undoolya Station’ - the Northern Territory’s oldest pastoral lease.


She talks about hitting the road droving with her future husband Luke, becoming a new mother to her son Wylie - and why opening up on social media about her experiences helps her deal with the highs and lows.

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Aug 08, 2022
Jane & Haydn Sale - Facing your own mortality [Repost]
1:12:17

What happens when we are faced with our own mortality, and that of the ones we love?


Today’s story is just that, and so much more. It’s a story of trauma, courage, resilience, and vulnerability.


It’s the story of Jane and Haydn Sale, who’s lives were changed irrevocably one July morning in 2010, and the road to recovery they walked together.

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Aug 01, 2022
Walmajarrie Jimmy - Recited by Dr Dave Morrell [Poem]
10:21

Dave Morrell is a Kimberley icon. In addition to being a brilliant veterinarian, Dave is a brilliant bush poet. He recently released his first, and long awaited book, titled Johnny James and other verses. In this short episode he recites the poem "Walmajarrie Jimmy".

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Jul 31, 2022
Dr Gregory Winterflood - The hitchhiker who became a Flying Doctor
1:29:49

What could a hitchhiker and a flying doctor have in common?


Well, as it turns out, a lot – because in this case, they are one and the same people.


Our guest today is Dr Gregory Winterflood – an esteemed doctor who began his medical career in Alice Springs. Even though he was born and raised in Queensland, and practiced medicine around Australia and overseas, he always seemed to find his way back to the red centre.


In this episode, Gregory shares stories from his days as a young fella hitchhiking through New Zealand and Australia, his unconventional pathway into a medical degree, and memories from his time working as a District Medical Officer in Central Australia, including working as a flying doctor.

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Jul 25, 2022
Jimmy McGlynn - A Traumatic Brain Injury, Broken Back, and giving up alcohol
1:12:06

As a child, Jimmy McGlynn’s mother said he had “a lot of character”, but his aunt said he needed a flogging. He wasn’t a naughty kid though, just full of energy that couldn’t be contained within a classroom. So, even though he excelled at school, at the end of year 10 he headed up north to start working on cattle stations.


In the years that followed Jimmy progressed through the ranks to leadership roles, even winning the Territory’s Best Ringer competition.


But, ultimately his journey would be marked by 2 significant accidents – a traumatic brain injury, and a broken back. In this episode, Jimmy shares the stories of those two accidents which occurred almost exactly 10 years apart.


We also discuss the cattle industry’s attitude towards work health and safety, the culture around alcohol, and taking on responsibility at a young age.

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Jul 18, 2022
Dr Campbell 'Cozy' Costello - The nomadic flying vet
1:11:03

“When I grow up, I want to be a veterinarian”, said almost every kid, ever.


Campbell ‘Cozy’ Costello didn’t think he had what it took to get into veterinary medicine, but life has a funny way of working out.


In just over a decade, Cozy has built a career which sees him treating animals across the world. In this episode, he shares the pivotal moments that took him down the path of being a nomad, shares stories of some unbelievable adventures, and discusses what his future looks like.

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Jul 11, 2022
Dr Campbell Costello - The crises plaguing the Australian veterinary industry
1:20:33

Warning:  This episode discusses suicide and may be triggering for some people, so it may be best to listen in the company of support.


Veterinarian’s are one of the most loved professionals in Australia – they’re the superhumans who keep our best mates and fur babies healthy, and step up to save them if the unbearable occurs.


So, why is it that veterinarians have almost four times the suicide rate of the Australian population? This equates to a veterinarian taking their own life on average every 12 weeks in Australia.


In this episode, Dr Campbell Costello, who you’ll remember from last week’s episode, discusses his perspective on the retention, renumeration, and mental health crises plaguing the Australian veterinary industry. 


Make sure you stick around as Cozy also shares insights into the major biosecurity threats Australia is currently facing, and why we needs our vets now more than ever.


If you are experiencing depression or are suicidal, or know someone who is, help is available.


Please help spread this message to help others understand help is just a phone call or text away and they are not alone.

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Jul 04, 2022
Dr Campbell 'Cozy' Costello - Training cowboys in Kazakhstan
1:10:31

Dr Campbell Costello, aka ‘Cozy’, is a jet-setting veterinarian who has practiced not only throughout Australia, but all over the world.


In this episode, Cozy reflects on the time he spent 9 months in Kazakhstan, managing a cattle ranch that was being built from scratch.


From language barriers and cultural differences, to finding workers drunk on the job before lunch and trying to keep the cattle healthy and safe from freezing snow and wild wolves – Cozy sure had one hell of a challenge ahead of him.


So, sit back and enjoy this episode full of yarns that will put Kazakhstan on your travel bucket list!

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Jun 27, 2022
Ben Hayes - The mischief maker with a heart of gold
1:24:00

We all have that one friend who is a total larrikin – and for the people of Central Australia, that friend is Ben Hayes.


Ben is the fifth generation of the Hayes family on ‘Undoolya Station’, the oldest pastoral lease in the Northern Territory. And while being a steward of the land  and active member of his local community comes with countless responsibilities, Ben doesn’t let them weigh him down or get in the way of having a bit of fun.


In this episode, Ben shares yarns from throughout his life and as you’ll come to see, while his heart is made of pure gold, there’s always room for a little mischief to be made!

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Jun 20, 2022
Raine Holcombe - The long road to a DQ Alpha diagnosis
1:19:59

Traveling vast distances to access services is second nature for Raine Holcombe – it’s part and parcel with living in the Northern Territory. 


Raised on a crocodile farm in the Victoria River district, Raine developed a love for life on the land which eventually saw her running a contracting business with that took her and her husband to cattle stations across the territory. They spent years living out of a portable set-up, with no fixed address, and trips to town were not only few and far between, but often half a day’s drive away.


So, when Raine and her husband Potter found themselves struggling to conceive their first child, the idea of traveling to Darwin for medical assistance wasn’t ideal, but also not incomprehensible. Little did the pair know that they would end up traveling across Australia in search of answers about their infertility.


In this episode, Raine speaks candidly about her experience with infertility, and how it took years of persistence, tens of thousands of kilometres, and backing herself each step of the way, to finally get the answers she needed. 


**We actually recorded this episode sitting in the back of Raine’s horse truck while she was at a campdraft, so you will be hearing some very authentic background noises from time to time during this recording.**








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Jun 14, 2022
Ben Hayes - Undoolya is the oldest cattle station in the Northern Territory
1:29:08

Undoolya Station was the first cattle station in the Northern Territory, and in 2022 it celebrates its 150th birthday.


In this episode we sit down with Ben Hayes, who’s family have been at the helm for most of that time.


Ben shares insights into life at Undoolya throughout the decades, which the family have learnt about through a collection of detailed diaries and memorabilia. 


We also discuss the impact of urban sprawl and other events which have seen Undoolya’s size decline in recent years, and what it means for the future of the station.





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Jun 01, 2022
Tanya Heaslip - My first job was the Lindy Chamberlain inquiry
1:28:58

Tanya Heaslip’s childhood on an outback cattle station in Central Australia was full of adventures and extremes, so it’s no surprise that her first job as a lawyer was the same.


The job? Junior Instructing Solicitor for the Crown on the Lindy Chamberlain Inquiry – the inquiry which ultimately saw all convictions against Lindy Chamberlain quashed. 


In this episode, Tanya speaks about her experience working on the Chamberlain inquiry and how it shaped her career as a lawyer. 


We explore how Tanya’s upbring in the 1960s led her to choose a sensible career over her passions, and how she found the courage to follow her heart later on in life.


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May 23, 2022
10 lessons learnt from living in remote parts of Australia
1:15:31

This episode is titled “10 life lessons learnt from living remotely”, and while the author wrote it about their time living on a remote cattle station, we think that after living similar kind of isolation during COVID, all of us can relate to this episode!


The first time Meg lived on a cattle station when she was 18. She didn't work on another station until 10 years later - and realised she saw things quite differently as a 28 year old.


In this episode Meg discusses some of the important things she has learnt over the years living remote which may help people that have been remote for a while, people looking to make the move to remote parts of Australia, or anyone who’s been through a lockdown during COVID-19.


Ironically we recorded this episode just weeks before COVID-19 hit!



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May 16, 2022
Ashley Dowden - Triumph after tragedy
1:16:04

One moment can change your entire life.


Ashley Dowden learnt that lesson at age 11, when he survived an accident that claimed his mothers life and left his father with one arm.


Ashley’s childhood was cut short as he stepped up to support his father in running the family sheep station. 


In the 4 decades since, Ashley has continued to face his share of challenges, but his commitment to the family property has never wavered.


In this episode Ashley shares parts of his journey, and we explore how his deep love of the land he calls home has allowed him to not just persevere through the hard times, but build a life full of joy and love.

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May 09, 2022
Evan Casey - Learning outside the classroom
1:24:27

Graduating high-school is possibly the greatest pressure faced by young Australians. It's an un-challenged belief that without achieving this milestone you'll be stuck in a dead-end job with no career prospects.


But, did you know that the education system hasn't undergone significant changes since before the industrial revolution? We know that everyone learns differently, and there's different ways to demonstrate knowledge - but our education system is incredibly rigid. If you cant sit in a classroom for 8 hours and demonstrate your knowledge through essays and exams, then... well.... bad luck.


In today's episode we hear the story of Evan Casey, who, after leaving high school in year 11, has gone on to build an incredible life and career, filled with opportunities and experiences that many of us dream about.

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May 02, 2022
Libby Finlayson - Rebuilding after a shock divorce
1:10:38

Of all the jobs Libby Finlayson imagined herself doing, "Divorce coach" was not on the list.


Growing up on a sheep station in the isolated Goldfields region of Western Australia, Libby developed an affinity for horses, livestock, and all things to do with the bush. It's no surprise that she ended up running a farming business with her husband and young family.


But, sometimes life has other plans.


"I want a divorce". Those four words spoken by her husband changed Libby's life irrevocably, and in this episode we are truly privileged to hear Libby speak about it with such candor.


We explore the differences between urban and rural divorces, how Libby's upbringing influenced her recovery, and how she rebuilt her life and found a whole new career.


We recommend tuning into the Courage Unravelled podcast where we first heard Libby's story.

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Apr 25, 2022
Hamish & Jodie McTaggart - The Past, Present & Future of Bidgemia Station
58:19

In episode 138 we heard the story of the catastrophic flood that saw Bidgemia Station engulfed by floodwater for the first time in it's history.


In this episode we are again joined by Hamish & Jodie McTaggart as they share insights into the 1.4 million acre pastoral property which has been in the family for 75 years.


We'll hear stories about the early days of Bidgemia and how life has changed throughout the generations of McTaggarts at the helm. Jodie and Hamish also share their thoughts about the future of the station.





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Apr 18, 2022
The Challa Mustering NDP [Short Story]
7:15

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 


Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/the-challa-mustering-ndp/

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Apr 13, 2022
Debbie Dowden - A series of serendipities (Part 2)
55:18

In last week’s episode Debbie Dowden shared the story of how she found herself living a life she’d never planned on, but at the same time it seemed like everything in her life had been leading her there. 


That life was centred around her new husband’s family sheep station in Outback WA. A vast property that had been in the family for over a century, where everyone knew their roles, and had the skills to do the job. Everyone, but Debbie.


So, Debbie began to navigate her new life, trying to find her place within her new family, home, and business. And, find her place she did – Debbie is a seasoned professional when it comes to running that same vast family property, and in 2022 she was named as a State Finalist for the Rural Woman of the Year award.


In this episode Debbie shares how she found her not just her place, but also her purpose. 






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Apr 11, 2022
Debbie Dowden - A series of serendipities (Part 1)
48:38

When the term ‘Serendipity' was coined way back in 1754, it was described as “the accident of finding something good without looking”.


Debbie Dowden’s life has been shaped by a series serendipitous moments. The fixed-wing pilot was working as a flight theory instructor when her future husband enrolled in her class. In what can only be described as a whirlwind romance, Debbie soon found herself living 600km away on a sheep station in Mount Magnet, WA. 


This is part one of a two part chat with Debbie, where she tells the story of how she found herself living a life she’d never planned on, but at the same time it seemed like everything in her life had been leading her there.


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Apr 04, 2022
Till the cows come home [Short Story]
9:36

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 


Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/till-the-cows-come-home/

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Mar 31, 2022
Sean D'Arcy - The Progressive Pastoralist
1:16:22

They say that "Australia rode to prosperity on the sheep's back". And for more than a century the Gascoyne region of Western Australia was sheep country, running millions of animals and generating the kind of wealth that literally built Australia.


But with the introduction of synthetic fibres the industry gradually lost its shine, and when the wool market crashed in 1991 most stations started transitioning to cattle.


Sean D’Arcy of Lyndon Station was in the first wave of cattlemen in the region. Sean is a truly progressive pastoralist, and has been incredibly proactive when it comes to all things natural resource management.


In this episode we explore the unique challenges of managing country in the Upper Gascoyne from both social and economic perspectives.

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Mar 28, 2022
Blythe Calnan - The Changemaker
1:15:37

It’s a warm summer’s day – you’re standing at a sheep market in a Middle Eastern country as tens of thousands of people descend upon the city in preparation for the upcoming celebration of Eid. The atmosphere is palpable – excitement, joy, and stress – picture your local shopping centre on Christmas eve.

 

Your job? To communicate the significant rules changes as to how these people can transport their sheep from the market to their home – namely, that sheep cannot be transported in a car boot.

 

You’re in another country, where you don’t speak the language or share the culture, and your job is communicate these changes that have been imposed by another country.

 

So, what do you do?

 

Well, this is the situation today’s guest Blythe Calnan found herself in the very first time she worked in the live export industry.

 

An industry that is highly contentious and known by its failures rather than its successes.

 

But there have been successes, and Australia has achieved things that no other country in the world has.

 

That is in part due to people like Blythe, who have invested significant amounts of their time and energy to build relationships and drive change in countries where Australian livestock are sold to. 

 

In this episode Blythe speaks candidly about the 5 years she spent working overseas in the live export industry, her decision to move on, and how she found her new normal after such an all-consuming, challenging, and rewarding job.

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Mar 21, 2022
Doggone Kangaroos [Short Story]
11:31

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 


Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/doggone-kangaroos/

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Mar 16, 2022
Lara Jensen - Fighting for Christian
58:10

Grief takes many forms — and Lara Jensen’s has crystallised into anger.


Just over 20 years ago, her brother Christian’s Toyota was hit by a train at a passive crossing, killing him and his two young passengers. This wasn’t a case of drink driving, speeding or being distracted. The findings from coronial inquest showed countless safety issues at both the crossing and the train itself.


On that fateful Saturday night, those kids did not stand a chance.


Since then, Lara hasn’t stopped fighting to make rail crossings safe – and she now represents a dozen families across Australia who have lost loved ones in similar circumstances.


This is an episode about grief, public safety and holding authorities to account. 

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Mar 14, 2022
Peter Ritter - Eyes on the sky
1:05:51

A young Peter Ritter stood in the paddock of his family farm in Moree, and watched as a gigantic Hercules aircraft roared overhead. It was locked in war training exercises — oblivious to the kid standing underneath in awe - a kid whose obsession with aircraft had begun.


It took a stint in a Territory stock camp for Peter's fixation to take shape: by then he knew he wanted to become a helicopter mustering pilot, but the road to get there wouldn’t be straight forward.


In this episode Peter shares his story, from coming off second-best against a bull to spending several years working away from helicopters - all while never taking his eyes off the sky. He reveals exactly what it took to get behind the controls of a chopper, land his career as a mustering pilot, and all the lessons and adventures that have come with it ever since.

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Mar 07, 2022
The crash of wool and birth of tourism [Short Story]
12:43

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 


Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/welcome-to-wooleen/



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Mar 02, 2022
Waddi Robinson - A lifetime in the Gascoyne
1:34:36

30 years after first working on a sheep station, Spencer Robinson finally purchased one of his own. So, in 1976 the family sold their small farm in Victoria and travelled across the country to Mooloo Downs in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia. And, the Robinsons are still in the region almost 50 years later.


In this episode, I speak with Waddi Robinson – son of Spencer, and father of Matilda from Episode 66 and Kristy from Episode 126.


Needless to say, Waddi has seen and done a fair bit over the past 50 years; from being a mustering pilot, taking over the family station and purchasing more country, and of course raising a family.


And, let’s not forget the crash of the wool market, the tuberculosis eradication campaign, a flood which wiped out their homestead, and of course the live export ban – just to name a few.

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Feb 28, 2022
Glenn "Stixy" O'Byrne - From Busselton to Russia
48:43

We’ve all heard the stories of city girls who end up in the bush – what about a boy from the 'burbs? Glenn 'Stixy' O'Byrne hails from the surfy coastal town of Bussleton in Western Australia. Despite not having grown up with or even being particularly interested in cattle he managed to find himself working on outback cattle stations and has since worked on properties across Australia, on live export vessels, and in Russia! In this episode Stixy shares a bit of his story so far, and what’s next.

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Feb 23, 2022
Felicity Brown - Adventures from a 1990's stockcamp
1:09:47

Felicity Brown is a milliner whose work has been featured at New York Fashion Week not once, but three times.


Twenty years before the bright lights of the big apple called her name, Flic was working in a stock camp in the Northern Territory.


In this episode Flic reflects on her time working on cattle stations, even though it was never a part of her plan...



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Feb 21, 2022
Welcome to Wooleen [Short Story]
9:09

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 


Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/the-crash-of-wool-and-birth-of-tourism/


The LIVEXchange conference is your chance to find out what’s happening in the livestock export industry, with a program that features thought-provoking and informative speakers. Open to all members of the supply chain, you can network with around 400 delegates from across the country, with several social events and a variety of trade exhibits. LIVEXchange is being held the 9th and 10th of November 2022. Visit www.LIVEXchange.com.au to get your tickets. 


This podcast is brought to you by Ariat Australia: the perfect choice for the tough jobs. Ariat boots and clothing work hard, look good and are so comfortable there’s never a need to slow down. Visit ariat.com.au today.

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Feb 16, 2022
Hamish & Jodie McTaggart - The catastrophic Christmas flood of 2010
1:06:10

In December 2010, Jodie and Hamish McTaggart were looking forward to the chance to sit back and relax for a few days. The family property, Bidgemia Station, was in the worst drought on record, and the newlyweds had been working flat out all year to look after their cattle.


So, when news of rain in the forecast came through the Bush Telegraph, the sense of relief and joy was palpable.


However, those feelings were to be short lived, as floodwaters began to exceed anything experienced in the stations’ 130 years.


What happened next was both catastrophic, and the literal definition of a water-shed moment.


In this episode, both Jodie and Hamish recount their experience of the flood, 10 years later.


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Feb 14, 2022
Introducing "Station Stickybeak"
1:00:30


This episode is the first in a new sub-series we are launching on our other Podcast (CATTLE STATION CLASSROOM) called “Station Stickybeak”, because it is exactly that – a stickybeak.


No two cattle stations are the same, and as such, neither are management strategies.


I wanted to create this series to share an insight into why pastoralists do what they do, given their circumstances – whether it be location, country type, rainfall zone, infrastructure, ownership model, market, or any of the many other factors influencing management decisions.


In each Station Stickybeak episode I’ll chat to Station owners and managers about a range of topics, broadly covering country, infrastructure, cattle, and people. Now, as this was the first episode, I didn’t realise until partway through that the order of topics I had planned for didn’t really make sense, so we did a bit of a shuffle.


The purpose of this sub-series is not to demonstrate the best or only way of doing things – it’s quite the opposite. To share the who, what, where, when and why of different pastoral enterprises around the country, and show that there are many ways to achieve positive outcomes for people, livestock, the land and business.


For our first episode, I sat down with Col Greenfield from Billa Kalina Station in South Australia. 


If you enjoy listening, be sure to find the Cattle Station Classroom and subscribe!

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Feb 09, 2022
Dave McQuie - Carbon farming on a cattle station
1:22:39

Carbon Farming is a topic that been dominating the Australian media over the past several years. I don’t know about you, but even with an agricultural science degree - I still struggle to understand how it works, and how there’s a market for it. If you’re in the same boat, then you’re in luck - because after listening to today’s episode, your understanding of carbon farming will have definitely improved! 


In this episode I’m sitting down with Dave McQuie from Bulga Downs Station in the Goldfields region of WA.  Dave has a carbon project on his station, and in our chat he explains how it works, and what the benefits have been to the landscape, business, and people involved. 


This episode is supported by Direct Drilling. Direct Drilling is a locally owned family drilling company based in Kununurra, servicing the Kimberley and Northern Territory. All Drillers are nationally licensed with the Australian Drilling Industry Association ensuring best practice, the protection of water resources, and guaranteeing the life of the bore. Find out more at directdrill.com.au


This podcast is brought to you by Ariat Australia: the perfect choice for the tough jobs. Ariat boots and clothing work hard, look good and are so comfortable there’s never a need to slow down. Visit ariat.com.au today.

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Feb 07, 2022
We shouldn't be here [Short Story]
7:17

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 


Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/we-shouldnt-be-here/


The team you know and love from Landmark Broome are now operating as Northern Rural Supplies. Its business as usual with the same team, same phone number and same location - the only thing they’ve changed is the colour of their shirts (which is blue, if you were wondering!) Northern Rural Supplies proudly service the Kimberley and Pilbara regions specializing in livestock sales, real estate, animal health and management, fencing, fertilizer, water and all other requirements. They stock your everyday needs to feed your dogs, cats, horses, chooks, camels and even goats. The whole team is based in Broome so make sure you give them a call for all of your agricultural and semi-rural needs.


This podcast is brought to you by Ariat Australia: the perfect choice for the tough jobs. Ariat boots and clothing work hard, look good and are so comfortable there’s never a need to slow down. Visit ariat.com.au today.


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Feb 02, 2022
Damon Kaylock - The station cook turned Jackeroo
55:16

This episode discusses mental health and suicide – listener discretion is advised.


When Damon Kaylock didn’t have success in landing a job as a jackeroo, he didn’t give up – he just came up with plan B. 


The plan? To work as a station cook, get on to a station, and work his way into the stock camp.


Spoiler alert – it worked. Damon has worked for the same company in the NT for 8 years now, and has been a station cook, jackeroo, and bore runner.


In this episode, Damon reflects on his experiences so far – both good, and the not-so-good. Our conversation took an unexpected turn, with Damon choosing to be very candid about his mental health, and I am incredibly grateful to him for this. We’ve had a few people share their mental health experiences on this podcast, and afterwards I receive messages of appreciation through our Facebook, Instagram and email. So, Damo – thank you for sharing your story, and letting others know they aren’t alone.


If you are experiencing depression or are suicidal, or know someone who is, help is available.

Please help spread this message to help others understand help is just a phone call or text away and they are not alone.


This episode is brought to you by GME. Since 1959 GME has been an Australian owned family company and remains the only Australian manufacturer of UHF CB radios, with their products designed, engineered, and manufactured in Sydney’s North West.


GME’s products cover a range of recreational activities from fishing to 4WDing and touring, in addition to catering for heavy vehicles and agriculture.


GME have released limited-edition range of pink products to raise money for the McGrath Foundation to assist in their tireless efforts of funding regional Breast Care Nurses and supporting families in communities across regional Australia. You can find out more by finding them on Facebook, Instagram, or at gme.net.au

This podcast is brought to you by Ariat Australia: the perfect choice for the tough jobs. Ariat boots and clothing work hard, look good and are so comfortable there’s never a need to slow down. Visit ariat.com.au today.

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Jan 31, 2022
David Pollock (Part 2) - Dingoes, destocking, and disrupting pastoral paradigms
46:01

This episode is part 2 of our chat with David Pollock from Wooleen Station. Make sure you go and listen to Part 1 first, otherwise you’ll miss the context of this episode!


In this episode, David discusses his thoughts on the “Dingos vs Wild Dogs” debate, and why he has chosen to stop killing all dogs


This episode is brought to you by Gen OffGrid. Gen OffGrid provides stations with reliable energy systems comprising of solar, lithium batteries and back-up diesel, reducing current diesel usage by up to 90%.

 

All systems are built and tested at our workshops in Broome, Karratha and Darwin, with proven performance in north Australian conditions, and backed by a 10 year warranty, local support, and remote monitoring.

 

Visit their website to see systems in action on cattle stations, as well as commercial, eco-tourism and industrial projects. Learn more at genoffgrid.com


This podcast is brought to you by Ariat Australia: the perfect choice for the tough jobs. Ariat boots and clothing work hard, look good and are so comfortable there’s never a need to slow down. Visit ariat.com.au today.

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Jan 24, 2022
David Pollock (Part 1) - Dingoes, destocking, and disrupting pastoral paradigms
1:03:20

Wooleen Station is not your typical cattle station. And, it’s not so much Wooleen itself that’s different, but the way in which it’s managed.


Within months of taking over management of Wooleen, David began implementing a plan to completely destock the station. It was a move he believed was critical to ensure the long-term sustainability of the station.


Over the past 15 years David has implemented a number of management techniques which have drawn both praise and criticism, been featured on two episodes of the television show Australian Story, and resulted in a book.


In part 1 of my chat with David, he takes us along the journey as to how and why he made these decisions.


This episode is brought to you by Boarding Schools Expo Australia.


The Boarding Schools Expo takes the time and stress out of finding the right school to meet your family’s needs, by bringing schools to major centres where they are all under one roof the Boarding School Expo gives your family the chance to discuss your educational needs directly with representatives of the school.


In 2022 they’re launching Boarding Expo 365, a virtual Expo reaching families across Australia- whether you're up in the Kimberley, flying choppers east of Normanton or making brie on King Island - Boarding Expo 365 will showcase schools right from your kitchen table ! 


It's truly 'Destination Boarding', from wherever you call home. Head to their website www.boardingexpo.com.au to discover your boarding school options today.


This podcast is brought to you by Ariat Australia: the perfect choice for the tough jobs. Ariat boots and clothing work hard, look good and are so comfortable there’s never a need to slow down. Visit ariat.com.au today.


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Jan 24, 2022
PTSD in the bush [Short Story]
12:08

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 


Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/when-it-all-goes-wrong-call-the-flying-doctors/ 


The team you know and love from Landmark Broome are now operating as Northern Rural Supplies. Its business as usual with the same team, same phone number and same location - the only thing they’ve changed is the colour of their shirts (which is blue, if you were wondering!) Northern Rural Supplies proudly service the Kimberley and Pilbara regions specializing in livestock sales, real estate, animal health and management, fencing, fertilizer, water and all other requirements. They stock your everyday needs to feed your dogs, cats, horses, chooks, camels and even goats. The whole team is based in Broome so make sure you give them a call for all of your agricultural and semi-rural needs.


This podcast is brought to you by Ariat Australia: the perfect choice for the tough jobs. Ariat boots and clothing work hard, look good and are so comfortable there’s never a need to slow down. Visit ariat.com.au today.



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Jan 20, 2022
Frances Pollock - Conservation and Tourism on a cattle station
1:03:01

When Frances travelled out to a cattle station for work experience, she didn’t think she’d still be there 15 years later.


This isn’t your typical city girl goes country story though. Frances didn’t travel to Wooleen Station because she wanted experience in the stockcamp – she wanted to see their tourism operation.


However, Wooleen was so much more than she expected, and she began to bond with the station manager over his focus on environmental conservation. 


You may have seen Frances on the tv show Australian Story, which has aired two episodes on Wooleen, but in this episode I wanted to go beyond the usual Wooleen story, and learn more about Frances and her experiences.


To start our episode, I asked Frances to tell me about life before Wooleen.


This episode is sponsored by Red Range Stock Supplements - a locally owned family run business based in Kununurra, Western Australia and servicing the whole North West. They offer a range of custom blended supplements for cattle and horses tailored specifically to your individual requirements. For more information or to discuss your supplement needs please visit redrangestocksupplements.com.au


This podcast is brought to you by Ariat Australia: the perfect choice for the tough jobs. Ariat boots and clothing work hard, look good and are so comfortable there’s never a need to slow down. Visit ariat.com.au today.

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Jan 17, 2022
Dean Maughan - The dream that took "awhile"
1:20:47

Picture this – a stockman riding a horse behind a mob of 1000 brahman cattle in the iconic Kimberley region of Western Australia.


You’re probably picturing a young man in his twenties, footloose and fancy free, living one heck of an adventure.


The first time Dean Maughan drove 2000km to the Kimberley to work on a cattle station, he was 45 years old, with a wife, three children, a mortgage and working full-time in the dairy industry.


In this episode, Dean shares the story of how his dream to be a ringer on a cattle station took almost 30 years to become reality, and how you just never know where life will take you.


The LIVEXchange conference is your chance to find out what’s happening in the livestock export industry, with a program that features thought-provoking and informative speakers. Open to all members of the supply chain, you can network with around 400 delegates from across the country, with several social events and a variety of trade exhibits. LIVEXchange is being held the 9th and 10th of November 2022. Visit www.LIVEXchange.com.au to get your tickets. 


This podcast is brought to you by Ariat Australia: the perfect choice for the tough jobs. Ariat boots and clothing work hard, look good and are so comfortable there’s never a need to slow down. Visit ariat.com.au today.

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Jan 11, 2022
When it all goes wrong, call the Flying Doctor [Short Story]
9:39

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 


Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/when-it-all-goes-wrong-call-the-flying-doctors/ 


This episode is brought to you by Murranji Water Drilling, a family owned and operated team of fully licensed, insured and experienced drillers in the construction, mining and water services. They are licensed to drill and service in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia. They ensure all water bores are installed correctly and professionally first time, every time! Quality bores tested and guaranteed! Learn more at murranjiwaterdrilling.com.au or find them on Facebook.


This podcast is brought to you by Ariat Australia: the perfect choice for the tough jobs. Ariat boots and clothing work hard, look good and are so comfortable there’s never a need to slow down. Visit ariat.com.au today.

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Jan 06, 2022
Pip Bain - Taking the long way around
1:13:28

Listeners are advised that this episode discusses suicide, and may not be suitable for all audiences.


The first year out of school is equally exciting and terrifying – you’re considered an adult by society, and with that comes both freedoms and responsibilities.


With her high school experience not being the best, and her first job on a station getting off to a rocky start, Pip Bain felt like she had finally found her feet only to learn that her mother had passed away by suicide.


The profound loss of her mother was only amplified by the shock, as Pip learnt she had been sheltered from her mother’s mental health struggles.


In this episode Pip shares her story of how the next decade of her life would be shaped by losing her mother, and how it led her to take the long away around to find her place in this world.


Head back to Episode 35 to hear our first episode with Pip, where she discusses her early life growing up on a cattle station in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia.


Today's episode is supported by Dunnings Fuel. Dunning’s operate their fleet of trucks 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and on a daily basis Dunning’s have trucks operating across Western Australia - Dunning's keeps the whole state running.


This podcast is brought to you by Ariat Australia: the perfect choice for the tough jobs. Ariat boots and clothing work hard, look good and are so comfortable there’s never a need to slow down. Visit ariat.com.au today.

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Jan 03, 2022
Kristie dePledge - Never stop learning
1:05:27

Why would a young woman who was raised on sheep and cattle stations, go off to ag college before entering the workforce? Surely, she already had a lifetime of experience, and the station work courses were designed for people who had never set foot on a station before.


Well, the answer is, that no matter who you are, where you’ve been, and what you know – there’s always more to be learnt.


This is the essence of today’s episode with our guest Kristie dePledge. Kristie and her husband Rory own the Koordarrie Station, situated on the Pilbara coast in Western Australia. Kristie was one of the original contributors to the Central Station website, and you can find some of her stories in our book too.


In this episode, Kristie shares parts of her story, including working away from home, meeting her husband, raising a family, and building a cattle station from scratch.


Central Station is supported by ThinkWater Broome, your local water experts for irrigation projects big and small. Their fully stocked retail store sells the latest irrigation products, including fittings, pipe, filtration and solar supplies. Covering the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia, their knowledgeable and passionate team are experts in the design and implementation of the most water efficient irrigation and water management programs across all sectors.


This podcast is brought to you by Ariat Australia: the perfect choice for the tough jobs. Ariat boots and clothing work hard, look good and are so comfortable there’s never a need to slow down. Visit ariat.com.au today.

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Dec 27, 2021
The dream that "took awhile" [Short Story]
10:36

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 

Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/the-dream-that-took-a-while/ 

This episode is supported by Milne Feeds. Milne feeds has been the leading provider of livestock feed in WA for over 100 years, and is now proudly servicing the NT too. Their early weaner product is a nutritionally balanced pellet for feeding to pastoral calves and young weaners, and has been developed with their hyfibre technology to reduce the risk of acidosis. Milne feeds also have a range of products available for beef and dairy cattle, sheep, and horses. Find out more at milne.com.au 

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Dec 23, 2021
Clare Atkins - Adventures of a Stock Inspector
1:10:14

On today’s episode, I’m sitting down with my friend and former colleague, Clare Atkins.

In this episode we chat about Clare’s role as a Stock Inspector and what that actually is -  because, really, who knows what that means or what they do. Clare discusses the responsibility of upholding WA’s biosecurity laws, and also the unexpected adventures that came with it.

The team you know and love from Landmark Broome are now operating as Northern Rural Supplies. Its business as usual with the same team, same phone number and same location - the only thing they’ve changed is the colour of their shirts (which is blue, if you were wondering!) Northern Rural Supplies proudly service the Kimberley and Pilbara regions specializing in livestock sales, real estate, animal health and management, fencing, fertilizer, water and all other requirements. They stock your everyday needs to feed your dogs, cats, horses, chooks, camels and even goats. The whole team is based in Broome so make sure you give them a call for all of your agricultural and semi-rural needs.

This podcast is brought to you by Ariat Australia: the perfect choice for the tough jobs. Ariat boots and clothing work hard, look good and are so comfortable there’s never a need to slow down. Visit ariat.com.au today.

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Dec 20, 2021
Matt & Connie Wood say farewell to Blina Station
1:18:08

Matt Wood started managing Blina Station in the West Kimberley at the ripe old age of 23. In the past 13 years he has met his wife, become a father, and grown as a manager, friend, and member of the Kimberley community.

Matt and Connie recently said a fond farewell to Blina Station, where they have called home for the past 13 and 9 years, respectively, as they make the move to manage the historic Wave Hill Station in the Northern Territory.

In this episode, Matt and Connie reflect on their time at Blina – the good, the bad, and the bloody funny.

This episode is brought to you by Murranji Water Drilling, a family owned and operated team of fully licensed, insured and experienced drillers in the construction, mining and water services. They are licensed to drill and service in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia. They ensure all water bores are installed correctly and professionally first time, every time! Quality bores tested and guaranteed! Learn more at murranjiwaterdrilling.com.au or find them on Facebook.

This podcast is brought to you by Ariat Australia: the perfect choice for the tough jobs. Ariat boots and clothing work hard, look good and are so comfortable there’s never a need to slow down. Visit ariat.com.au today.

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Dec 13, 2021
Imogen Cadzow from Mt Riddock Station [Bonus - Kids]
34:54

At just 11 years old, Imogen Cadzow is the youngest child of Steve and Rebecca Cadzow from Mt Riddock Station, north-east of Alice Springs.

In this bonus episode, Immi shares stories about what it’s been like growing up on a cattle station, and how it prepared her to move interstate to attend boarding school.

This episode is supported by Direct Drilling. Direct Drilling is a locally owned family drilling company based in Kununurra, servicing the Kimberley and Northern Territory. All Drillers are nationally licensed with the Australian Drilling Industry Association ensuring best practice, the protection of water resources, and guaranteeing the life of the bore. Find out more at directdrill.com.au

This podcast is brought to you by Ariat Australia: the perfect choice for the tough jobs. Ariat boots and clothing work hard, look good and are so comfortable there’s never a need to slow down. Visit ariat.com.au today.

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Dec 08, 2021
Connie Wood - Forged in fire
1:25:46

Dating a co-worker can be tough.

But, what about when you’re dating the boss?

And the boss is a station manager, and you’re a jillaroo in the stock camp.

Ok, before your imagination starts running wild – this is not a tale of some forbidden love affair!

When Connie Wood started dating her future husband Matt, he was managing Blina Station and she was graduating university before going to work on a different station on the other side of the Kimberley.

While separated by vast geographical distances, their relationship grew, and they made the decision for Connie to move to Blina.

Connie went to work in the stockcamp, but also live in the manager’s house. It was a tricky and at times very challenging dynamic, and today she shares her story.

This episode is supported by Milne Feeds. Milne feeds has been the leading provider of livestock feed in WA for over 100 years, and is now proudly servicing the NT too. Their early weaner product is a nutritionally balanced pellet for feeding to pastoral calves and young weaners, and has been developed with their hyfibre technology to reduce the risk of acidosis. Milne feeds also have a range of products available for beef and dairy cattle, sheep, and horses. Find out more at milne.com.au 

This podcast is brought to you by Ariat Australia: the perfect choice for the tough jobs. Ariat boots and clothing work hard, look good and are so comfortable there’s never a need to slow down. Visit ariat.com.au today.

 

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Dec 06, 2021
Pip Bain attempts to interview Steph Coombes
1:00:21

It's that time of year again - to catch up on what our podcast host, Steph Coombes, has been up to since leaving her job and hitting the road full-time, visiting cattle stations for the last 18 months!

Unlike her last episode (#54) which she recorded solo, in this episode Steph is joined by Pip Bain from Episode 35, as Pip "attempts" to interview Steph. Turns out that Steph belongs on one side of the microphone only!

This episode is supported by Direct Drilling. Direct Drilling is a locally owned family drilling company based in Kununurra, servicing the Kimberley and Northern Territory. All Drillers are nationally licensed with the Australian Drilling Industry Association ensuring best practice, the protection of water resources, and guaranteeing the life of the bore. Find out more at directdrill.com.au

This podcast is brought to you by Ariat Australia: the perfect choice for the tough jobs. Ariat boots and clothing work hard, look good and are so comfortable there’s never a need to slow down. Visit ariat.com.au today.

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Nov 29, 2021
My poddy calf is an asshole [Short Story]
10:24

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 

Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/my-poddy-calf-is-an-asshole/ 

This episode is brought to you by GME. Since 1959 GME has been an Australian owned family company and remains the only Australian manufacturer of UHF CB radios, with their products designed, engineered, and manufactured in Sydney’s North West.

GME’s products cover a range of recreational activities from fishing to 4WDing and touring, in addition to catering for heavy vehicles and agriculture.

GME have released limited-edition range of pink products to raise money for the McGrath Foundation to assist in their tireless efforts of funding regional Breast Care Nurses and supporting families in communities across regional Australia. You can find out more by finding them on Facebook, Instagram, or at gme.net.au

This podcast is brought to you by Ariat Australia: the perfect choice for the tough jobs. Ariat boots and clothing work hard, look good and are so comfortable there’s never a need to slow down. Visit ariat.com.au today.

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Nov 24, 2021
Linda Evans - Riding for the brand
51:25

When I lived in the United States, I learnt the saying 'ride for the brand'.  It means to be loyal to the ranch and rancher that you work for.

It means taking great deal of pride, and giving your all for the brand. Cowboys would ride the extra mile and fight, if necessary, for the brand.

I suppose you could say that the ranch hands on the tv series Yellowstone are a prime example of riding for the brand, even if it is a little far-fetched.

But, down here in Australia, it’s not something I’ve ever heard anyone say – until I met Linda Evans.

Linda manages Napier Downs Station alongside her husband Boof. If her name sounds familiar, it’s because she was a guest on episode 108.

Linda has been taught to ride for the brand since she was a child, and it’s at the core of how her and Boof have managed themselves, and their stockcamp, for over 20 years.

In this episode I sat down with Linda to learn a little more about her story, and why she is so fiercely passionate about riding for the Napier Downs brand, and why she thinks they have the best team in Australia.

This episode is brought to you by GME. Since 1959 GME has been an Australian owned family company and remains the only Australian manufacturer of UHF CB radios, with their products designed, engineered, and manufactured in Sydney’s North West.

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Nov 22, 2021
Darrylin Gordon - The long road to Lamboo
1:16:07

Lamboo Station is unlike any of the other cattle station’s we’ve spoken about on this podcast.

Located just south of Halls Creek in the Kimberley region, Lamboo is owned by the Ngunjiwirri Aboriginal Corporation (NAC) on behalf of the Jaru people. The property was purchased in 1994 by the (then) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) through the WA Aboriginal Lands Trust (ALT) and handed over to the local people in the same year.

At the time of the purchase of Lamboo Station, the primary focus of the WA Government was to provide land for the Jaru people on which to live, rather than as a business enterprise. Little attention was paid to the standard of infrastructure or the number and quality of the cattle that were included in the sale.

For almost 30 years the Ngunjiwirri Aboriginal Corporation has been trying to turn Lamboo into a viable pastoral enterprise, and it hasn’t been smooth sailing.

In today’s episode I am speaking with Darrylin Gordon, who, quite frankly, is one of the most admirable, inspiring people that I know. Every time I catch up with Darrylin I find myself sitting in awe at her resilient nature, and the strength and conviction with which she speaks.

Darrylin is a Jaru woman who grew up on Lamboo and is the current station manager. Darrylin came on the podcast to share some of her personal story, the story of Lamboo, and the challenges and triumphs that lay ahead.


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Nov 15, 2021
Lost [Short Story]
8:36

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 

Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/lost/


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Nov 10, 2021
Dr Dave Morrell - A Kimberley icon
1:29:00

Dave Morrell is a Kimberley icon. Now, he won’t like me saying that, but it’s true. 


Dave grew up on cattle stations between Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek in the 1960’s, and returned to the Kimberley to set up the first vet practice in Broome. From operating on animals on his kitchen table under the light of a torch, to treating exotic animals from across the globe - there there isn’t much he hasn’t seen or done. He has been an instrumental part of the pastoral industry for over 40 years.

As if being an extremely handy veterinarian is enough – Dave is a Brilliant bush poet. He recently released his first, and long awaited book, titled Johnny James and other verses.


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Nov 08, 2021
Haydn Sale – Opportunity knocks but once
1:15:46

A young man heads north straight out of school and works in the stockcamp. Over the years he progresses to head stockman, and then manager. This story is fairly common and the norm in the cattle industry. 

However, that is not the story of Haydn Sale. In this episode Haydn shares his journey from growing up in Melbourne to running one of the largest aggregates of cattle stations in Western Australia. Haydn speaks candidly about overcoming both personal and financial losses, the importance of mentors, having a different approach to business, and what is truly important to him.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this episode contains names and discussions of deceased persons.


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Nov 01, 2021
Rain man [Short Story]
8:18

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 

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Oct 27, 2021
John Henwood - Bringing regenerative agriculture to the Kimberley
1:16:37

John & Annette Henwood owned the iconic Kimberley cattle station Fossil Downs for over 50 years. In this episode, John shares some family history, memories of his childhood growing up on Noonkanbah Station and meeting his wife.

John also speaks about how an experience in the early 1980’s led him to change his management style, and become the first pastoralist to develop a rotational grazing system in the Kimberley – and take the pathway to practicing regenerative agriculture.

We were joined in this episode by a mutual friend Jardine McDonald, so you will hear him pop up occasionally in the conversation!


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Oct 25, 2021
Ben Smith & Archie Pollard - An evening at Murray Downs Station
1:10:46

Ben Smith and Archie Pollard work on Murray Downs Station, just south of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. I recently took the 120km detour off the main highway to pop in for a cup of tea, and within minutes of my arrival Ben made a massive faux pas. So, of course I used it to guilt him into recording a podcast episode because there isn’t much I wont do to bring you a new episode each week.

I can honestly say that this is the most impromptu recording I’ve ever done – and its packed full of yarns and even a few nuggets of wisdom.

I would like to note that this episode was intended to be a bit of light-hearted fun, and you’ll be able to tell that none of us are taking ourselves too seriously during the recording. Ben and Archie are honest and smart young blokes, and I could have crafted a much more serious discussion to show a different side of them, but that wasn’t what we wanted this episode to be – so please keep that in mind when listening.

You can check out Archie's music here: https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/spa-avenue.html 


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Oct 18, 2021
Commuting [Short Story]
8:59

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 

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Oct 18, 2021
John Kirby - The man who caught 10,000 wild bulls
1:04:41

John Kirby started catching wild bulls in the East Kimberley in 1969 and by the time he stopped in 1983 he had caught approximately 10,000. However, when he caught his first bull, John had never worked with cattle before. As in, ever.

This is the story of a young lad from the city who headed north seeking opportunity and adventure, and boy, did he find it.


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Oct 11, 2021
Jessie and Linda Evans - Please be SMA aware
40:12

Jessie Evans grew up on a cattle station on the Gibb River Road – infamous for being the most rough and rugged stretch of country in the Kimberley region.

The days were long, hot, and gruelling at times – but like many bush kids, Jessie loved the adventure and challenges that station life offered.

Little did she know, the fortitude and resilience she developed during her younger years would be tested years later, across the other side of the country, a literal and figurative world away from her childhood home.

Learn more about SMA at https://smaaustralia.org.au 

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Oct 04, 2021
Danyelle Haigh - The Outback Trendsetter
26:23

Danyelle Haigh spends 10 months of the year living out of sea container on the back of a roadtrain with her husband and children. Together they travel to remote parts of the Northern Territory to drill water bores. In addition to administering the business, and assisiting with drilling, Danyelle also became qualified to drive the company’s road trains.  

While Danyelle is the first to say she loves her life, and she truly does, it wasn’t anything she’d ever dreamed of. So, instead of thinking about what she didn’t have, and what could have been, this incredible woman decided to carve out time to pursue one of her greatest passions.

If you haven’t already, make sure you catch Danyelle’s first appearance on our podcast in Episode 58.


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Sep 29, 2021
Steve Cadzow - Doing things differently at Mt. Riddock
1:29:47

If you travel a couple of hours north-east of Alice Springs, along the Plenty Highway, you’ll pass one of the most spectacular parcels of land – Mt Riddock Station. With high quality Hereford cattle and an abundance of pasture, you would never think that when the Cadzow family purchased it over 30 years ago, the land was in poor condition, and home to a motley crew of cattle and feral animals.

In this episode Steve shares the story of how his family came to be at Mt Riddock, and why how they chose to do things differently to bring the property to where it is today.


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Sep 27, 2021
Kylie Jones - Launching a Not-For-Profit for Outback Kids
41:37

When faced with the choice of pursuing a career in Professional Women’s Cricket or teaching, Kylie Jones’ passion for education won.

Not one to do things in the traditional order, Kylie waited until after university and the start of her teaching career to take a gap year, taking on the role of a Governess on Helens Springs Station in the Northern Territory. Little did she know, that as it does for so many others, that choice would change the trajectory of her life.

In this episode, Kylie shares the story of how after her time as a Governess she came to realise that the structure of mainstream schooling wasn’t the right fit for her, and found herself back in the outback, launching a not-for-profit organization from scratch.


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Sep 20, 2021
Baby, can you handle the heat? [Short Story]
7:32

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 

Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/baby-can-you-handle-the-heat/ 


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Sep 15, 2021
James Christian - The Sydney boy turned Territory Cattleman
54:31

James Christian’s childhood couldn’t have been further from that of his cousin, Sams. While Sam was growing up on a cattle station in Central Australia, mustering cattle, James lived 2000km away on the beaches of Sydney, preparing to compete in the Sydney to Hobart sailing race.

However, as fate would have it, a spur of the moment trip to visit the rellies in the bush would seal James’s fate and he hasn’t been able to leave since, cementing his commitment to the industry by purchasing his own mob of cattle in partnership with his cousin.

James always brings a unique perspective to discussions about rural Australia and the cattle industry, so we hope you enjoy hearing his story and point of view.


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Sep 13, 2021
Cam Williams - The Pit and the Peake of station life
1:02:14

In the far north of South Australia you’ll find a number of cattle stations belonging to the William’s family, where the second, third and fourth generation work side-by-side.

Cam Williams is a 3rd generation pastoralist and manager of Peake Station. With his wife Kirsty, who featured on our podcast back in Episode 87, and their four kids – Cam is living his dream and there isn’t anywhere else he wants to be.

When I was visiting the William’s earlier this year, I pretty much forced Cam to come on the podcast and share an insight into his life, what he gets up to in the desert, and also a few yarns about the entertaining encounters he’s had on the rare occasion that he swaps the desert for the ocean.


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Sep 07, 2021
Excerpt from "Beyond Alice" [Short Story]
10:34

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 

This episode features an excerpt from the book Beyond Alice, read by the author Tanya Heaslip. Tanya has published Alice to Prague (2019), An Alice Girl (2020), and Beyond Alice (2021) is her third memoir. 

Tanya's memoir is a humorous and inspiring story of strength, resilience and the realities of Australian outback life. 


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Sep 01, 2021
Jane & Haydn Sale - The aftermath of a brush with death
1:14:08

The cycle of life and death amongst flora and fauna is par for the course for life in the outback.

But what happens when we are faced with our own mortality, and that of the ones we love?

Today’s story is just that, and so much more. It’s a story of trauma, courage, resilience, and vulnerability. It’s the story of Jane and Haydn Sale, who’s lives were changed irrevocably one July morning in 2010, and the road to recovery they walked together.


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Aug 30, 2021
"Live" from The Fitzroy Crossing Bull Sale
25:18

The Fitzroy Crossing Bull Sale is truly a one-of-a-kind event.

While Bulls Sales are a dime a dozen in the Eastern States, the Fitzroy Crossing Sale is the only bull sale in Northern Western Australia.

This is because the majority of cattle in the pastoral regions of Western Australia are commercial cattle, bred to go direct to market. There are very few cattle studs in the pastoral region, so when pastoralists want to improve their herd genetics, they often have to source herd bulls from the Eastern States – mostly Queelsand, which runs similar breeds in similar environments to northern WA. This means that pastoralists often have to travel to Queensland and inspect bulls on various properties, and then have the bulls trucked back to WA. As you can imagine, there are a huge number of cattle studs on the East Coast – how would you even know where to start?

The Fitzroy Crossing Bull Sale began over a decade ago, with the aim of bringing quality bulls directly to pastoralists in the Kimberley region of WA. The bulls are selected by an impressive team of people, including livestock agents who live and breathe the Kimberley cattle industry, and know exacrtly what their clients are looking for, and a great man by the name of Jimmy Edwards who spent many years flying in the Kimberley and Pilbara, as well as running his own stations, and also knows what type of cattle will do well in the regions.

Each year the event continues to grow, and this year was no different, with total sales exceeding one million dollars. This year also boasted the highest number of registered bidders, including a number from the Northern Territory and Queensland, and a record price of $20,000.

I attended the event and had a quick chat to Jim Edwards, who started the sale all those years ago, Andrew Stewart – one of the livestock agents and auctioneers who runs the event each year, and Rusty Cook, one of the many buyers.


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Aug 23, 2021
New Tricks [Short Story]
10:28

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 

Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/new-tricks/ 

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Aug 18, 2021
Tanya Heaslip - Beyond Alice
1:10:54

Raised on an isolated cattle station north of Alice Springs during the 1960s and 70s, Tanya learnt about the outside world through the Correspondence School and School of the Air. Tanya has published Alice to Prague (2019), An Alice Girl (2020), and Beyond Alice (2021) is her third memoir. 

In this episode, we discuss the Book Beyond Alice, which takes place when at the age of 12 years old, Tanya was sent sixteen hundred kilometres away from her outback home to boarding school, a traumatic and life changing experience – not just for her, but her family also.

Tanya's memoir is a humorous and inspiring story of strength, resilience and the realities of Australian outback life. 

And, to be honest, it’s hard to believe that some of what she lived through is a true story.


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Aug 16, 2021
Jim Edwards - You can take the man out of Western Australia... or can you?
1:16:01

Jim Edwards has been a fixture of the pastoral industry in Western Australia for decades. From growing up on a station near Marble Bar, to being a mustering pilot and station owner - there’s not a lot Jim hasn’t seen or done. At one point, he literally swapped his Pilbara cattle station for a farm in Queensland – talk about a tree change! But, as you’ll learn in this episode, while you can take the man out of Western Australia … there’s something that keeps pulling him back across, even after all these years.

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Aug 10, 2021
Not that East, the "other" East [Short Story]
10:14

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 

Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/the-other-east/ 


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Aug 05, 2021
The Keogh Brothers - Kids on a cattle station
48:52

In today’s episode I’m chatting with the Keogh boys: Clem- 5, Lachy- 8, and Jacob- 10.

These brothers live on Durham Downs Station in South West Queensland, and while they all love station life, they’re chalk and cheese. Jacob is the creative up and coming movie director, Lachy is the cattleman, and Clem, well - Clem is Clem!

Keep your ears peeled for some absolute pearlers in this episode – because we all know that no one can tell a story like a kid!


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Aug 03, 2021
Tannas Godfrey – Sliding Doors, Succession Planning and Starting Over
1:46:04

Having grown up on an island and spending her childhood with the local surf life savers club, Tannas Godfrey could never have predicted what her future held for her: a career in the Australian Military, falling in love with a bloke from the bush, going through the heartache of unsuccessful succession planning, and having to start over.

It’s so rare that we hear someone speak so candidly about their experience with succession planning, even though its something that every Australian farming family experiences at one point. So, to Tannas, I say thank you for being willing to share your story.

Find the Nuffield Scholarship report on Succession Planning by Alison Larard here: https://www.nuffield.com.au/alison-larard-2018


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Jul 27, 2021
Don't dwell on the small things [Short Story]
11:15

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 

Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/dont-dwell-on-the-small-things/ 


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Jul 23, 2021
Sally Jolly - From beef to blueberries, a lesson in adaptability
1:20:54

According to the dictionary, adapability is: "the quality of being able to adjust to new conditions".

In today’s episode, I sit down with one of the most adaptable people I have ever met – Sally Jolly.

Sally’s family has a long and rich history in the Pilbara pastoral industry, and it’s no surprise that cattle and red dirt run through her veins.

But, just because she started her life on a Pilbara cattle station, it doesn't mean that it was where she was going to stay.

From the wide open spaces of the WA rangelands, to an intensive horticultural farming region in Qld, with many other steps in-between, Sally has shown that her upbringing in the outback has set her up to adapt to any environment.


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Jul 19, 2021
Hayley Price - Love, Wedding, Baby, Cancer
1:02:14

Do you remember the old nursey rhyme from primary school that goes along the lines of “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in the baby carriage”.

Well, that was the order of things for Hayley Price – in just over 12 months, she met and married the man of her dreams, falling pregnant just before their wedding.

But during her pregnancy, Hayley was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, and ended up in a hospital 600km from home for over 6 omnths. That wasn't a part of the plan of all.

In this episode, Hayley shares the story of the best and worst year of her life, and what she’s learnt from it.


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Jul 12, 2021
Little boy in a big man's world [Short Story]
8:23

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 

Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/little-people-huge-hearts/ 


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Jul 08, 2021
Edwina Robertson - Picture Imperfect
1:19:21

The name Edwina Robertson is synonymous with incredible imagery of people in rural Australia. In amongst being the country’s most sought after Outback wedding photographer, Eddie has had a number of adventures, including traveling across the country without spending a dollar, and trying her hand at jillarooing at the ripe old age of 34.

I recently caught up with Eddie to discuss her incredible adventures, and we ended up having a very candid discussion about how her experience as a jillaroo was far from picture perfect.



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Jul 05, 2021
Kirsty Williams - Don't sweat the small stuff
1:26:47

Kirsty Williams lives on Peake Station near Oodnadatta in South Australia. In amongst working on the station, working in town as a teacher, sharing her home with staff, and juggling four kids under the age of 6 (and the endless baskets of dirty laundry that come with it all) – Kirsty certainly didn’t think there was anything interesting about her life to share in a podcast episode.

But what you’ll learn in this episode is that that couldn’t be farther from the truth. To start the episode, I asked Kirsty to tell me about the summer of 2018, when her return back to the station with her 4th child didn’t go exactly as planned...


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Jun 28, 2021
Little people, huge hearts [Short Story]
11:27

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 

Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/little-people-huge-hearts/ 

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Jun 24, 2021
Tony Williams - Life, love and loss on the Oodnadatta Track
1:17:21

Tony Williams left home at the age of 16 to work on Nilpinna Station for his childhood idol Jimmy Nunn. That was almost 50 years ago.

Today, Tony is in his 40th year as the manager of Mt Barry Station, near the town of Coober Pedy in SA. In this episode, he shares yarns from the past 5 decades and what he has learnt along the way about life, love, and loss.


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Jun 21, 2021
Peter Rowe - The Outback Postman (Part 2)
56:24

Today is Part 2 of our episode with Peter Rowe, the Outback Postman. Now, if you haven’t listened to Part 1 – stop right here and go back to find it – because in addition to being a cracker yarn, it provides a lot of context about how Rowie came to be the man he is.

In this episode we talk about the 600km round trip he makes twice a week to deliver mail to small towns and remote cattle stations along the Oodnadatta Track, and the tourist business he runs alongside it.

Once again, Rowie not only spins some great stories, but imparts wisdom which can only be acquired from living life to the fullest.


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Jun 14, 2021
Woulda, coulda, shoulda [Short Story]
20:22

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves.

Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/woulda-coulda-shoulda/ 


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Jun 10, 2021
Peter Rowe - The Outback Postman (Part 1)
1:05:36

For the last 19 years, Peter Rowe, or Rowie, as he is known by the locals, has been delivering mail to small towns and cattle stations along the Oodnadatta Track in South Australia.

Rowie is an incredible gentleman who’s story is, well, incredible. I had such a great time yarning with him that we ended up recording for 2 hours, so this episode will be release in 2 parts.

In this first part Rowie shares the story of how he came to Coober Pedy to become a millionaire, and why he swapped Opal Mining for Pottery. It was such a privilege to hear these stories, and holy hatbox this fella drops some gold nuggets of wisdom along the way!


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Jun 07, 2021
Jill Greenfield - A stranger saved my life
1:07:12

Most of us have done a first aid course before. It's something you have to do, but don't think you'll ever actually need. We never think that someone else's life will actually be in our hands.

But that was the reality for Jill Greenfield, when a bystander saved her life during a medical emergency. In this episode, we learn about who Jill is and how she came to live at Billa Kalina Station, how a stranger saved her life, and what impact it has had on her life.


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Jun 01, 2021
A relationship survival guide for the cattle season [Short Story]
10:46

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves.

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May 26, 2021
Col Greenfield - Life inside the Woomera Prohibited Area, and outside the Dog Fence
59:01

In today's episode, Steph travels to the centre of South Australia to Billa Kalina Station, which has been in the Greenfield family since 1938.

Pastoralist Col Greenfield shares what its like running a cattle station that is inside the Woomera Prohibited Area, and outside the dog fence.


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May 25, 2021
Helen Kempe - The story of Ernest and John Kempe
49:35

The Kempe family’s involvement in the pastoral industry traces back to the 1800’s, when Ernest Courtenay Kempe was in partnership with the Sir Sidney Kidman. His nephew Ernest Ravenscroft Kempe ran away from home at the age of 12, joining him at The Peak station. Between Ernest Ravenscroft Kempe and his son John Kempe they served 100 years with the S. Kidman Pastoral company.

In this episode, the granddaughter of Ernest Ravenscroft Kempe, Helen, shares the story of her grandfather and father.


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May 17, 2021
The Farmer wants a Son-In-Law [Short Story]
13:22

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/the-farmer-wants-a-son-in-law/

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May 12, 2021
Doug McBean - What I've learnt from 30 years in a helicopter
41:09

Doug McBean is was raised on a cattle station in the Victoria River District in the Northern Territory. With 30 years under his belt as a helicopter mustering pilot, he’s seen and done a fair bit around the traps.

So, you might think that a podcast episode with Doug would involve all sorts of wild yarns about mustering a helicopter – but that couldn’t be any further from what this episode is about – although don’t worry – we’ve convinced him to come back on the show for one of those episodes!

In this episode, Doug reflects on what he has learnt from his time in the pastoral game, and where he sees an opportunity to strengthen the sustainability of the industry. It’s a really interesting conversation, and similar to one I’ve had with many people across the country – but no one has been willing to speak about it openly… until now. So, be sure to join our Central Station podcast group on facebook and let us know what you think about this episode.  


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May 10, 2021
Abbro Woolnough - Ringer to Park Ranger, and back again
48:38

Abbro Woolnough was born a 6th generation dairy farmer on the NSW north central coast. However, despite being surrounded by dairy cattle, he developed a passion for the beef industry. After his initial career plans didn’t work out, he moved to Mt Riddock Station in Central Australia as a jackeroo.

But, that’s not the end of Abbro’s story. He then went on to work as a park ranger across Australia, swapping cattle for crocs and endangered marsuipials.

In this episode Abbro shares insights into his story so far, and why he chose to come back to the station.


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May 03, 2021
Groomzilla and the Bride Doe-banger [Short Story]
11:46

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 

Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/the-story-of-groom-zilla-and-bride-doe-banger/  


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Apr 28, 2021
Campbell Duff - Time to grow up
57:09

Campbell Duff came to the Northern Territory thinking he knew it all and was ready to take on the world. Today, he is a completely different person. In this episode we speak about what prompted him to grow up from an overly confident teenager to a settled young man who has been given the responsibility of being head stockman on one of the Territory's most iconic cattle stations.

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Apr 26, 2021
Rebecca Cadzow - The decision to downsize
1:00:36

With two cattle stations in the Northern Territory, a cattle property in Queensland, and a helicopter business, Rebecca and Steven Cadzow were in the perfect position to continue expanding their business interests and develop a pastoral empire that so many dream of. But, instead they made the decision to downsize to just one cattle station. In this episode Rebecca discusses their decision, the concept of a “Life Audit” and the impact their choices have had on their life, family, and business.

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Apr 19, 2021
Hard choices - lessons from a little cat [Short Story]
8:03

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 

Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/lessons-from-a-little-cat/ 


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Apr 14, 2021
Helen Kempe - The life of "Miss Helen"
1:04:18

Helen Kempe was born on Macumba Station in 1950, as the fourth generation of her family to be involved in the S Kidman and Co Pastoral empire.

At the age of 16 Helen moved to the Northern Territory and to this day she has never left. 

Everyone knows Miss Helen, and Miss Helen knows everyone. She is a true treasure of the Territory, and in this episode she shares yarns from the early days when her family started working for Sidney Kidman to where she is today – and what she has seen and learnt over the past seven decades.


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Apr 12, 2021
Mitch Scott - It's now or never
39:22

What would you do if you knew your life was going to change irrevocably, and there was nothing you could do to stop it?

That’s the predicament Mitch Scott found himself in when he was diagnosed with Usher Syndrome –a rare genetic disorder primarily characterized by deafness and a progressive loss of vision.

In this episode, Mitch speaks about his diagnosis, and the decision to leave the life he had planned behind to head north and work on outback cattle stations.


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Apr 05, 2021
A rodeo proposal [Short Story]
11:38

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 

Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/cowboys-bulls-broncs-and-a-diamond-ring/ 


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Apr 05, 2021
Frances Cooper - Something was missing
1:13:10

After high school, Frances Cooper ticked all the boxes society told her to: go to university, get a great job, land a promotion, and keep climbing the career ladder.

On paper, Fran’s life looked like hard work and success. But… something was missing.

So, in her late 20’s she took off to Africa – a decision that would lead to a series of experiences and choices in her life that would see her settle down on Mt Riddock Station in Central Australia. No, Fran is not a “backpacker”, but a full-time long-term employee of the station.

This is her story.


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Mar 29, 2021
Matilda Robinson - An open chat about Mental Health
50:50

Conversations in the agricultural and rural community pertaining to mental health generally don’t go beyond raising awareness of mental health itself and what it is.


We think it’s time for the conversation to move forward from simplying saying “It’s ok not to be ok”, and to discuss what we can do to look after ourselves when we aren’t ok.


We also think that it’s time to acknowledge the spectrum of mental health issues we all face, because the conversation generally tends to sit around the extremes of depression, anxiery and suicicde. We aren’t minimizing these at all, but want to make space for ogther issues too.


In this episode I sit down with Matilda Robinson, who grew up on her family’s cattle station in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia.

Matilda first started experiencing anxiety around the age of 9, but didn’t recognise what it was until her late teens.


We speak about her experience trying to balance seeking help for anxiety and depression, while living in remote parts of Australia, finding the right mental health professional, and what she does on a day to day basis to maintain her mental health.


Please note that this episode may be triggering for some people, so it may be best to listen in the company of support.

**Quick note guys – I’ve had this episode reviewed by a mental health professional, and as such you’re going to hear a couple of edits in this episode where I’m going to add in some commentary after the fact. Matilda and I did the best we could during recording, but upon reflection there’s a few things we’d like to clarify and language we think that needs to be changed. **

If you are experiencing depression or are suicidal, or know someone who is, help is available.

Please help spread this message to help others understand help is just a phone call or text away and they are not alone.

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Mar 22, 2021
It takes a community [Short Story]
6:18

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 

Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/it-takes-a-community/ 


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Mar 17, 2021
Norman Fisher - The croc wrangling, buffalo breeding, cattleman
47:04

We all know that when you work on a cattle station, you’re bound to come across creatures other than cattle.

If you’re in the desert country, it might be camels and donkeys – and if you’re way up high in the top end, you’ll probably see water buffalo, and if you’re lucky… or … well… unlucky… a crocodile.

Norman Fisher was born and bred in the Top End of the Northern Territory, and his family not only ran cattle, but domesticated their own herd of buffalo.

However, seeing as one of their stations also had its own supply of saltwater crocodiles – Norman thought he’d try his hand working with them too!

In this episode, I ask Norman about what it’s like to work with both livestock and crocs – this is a yarn you don’t want to miss!

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Mar 15, 2021
Jodie Grant - Fighting Cancer on a cattle station
54:50

Living so far from town is often one of the perks that draws people to work on a cattle station. When you live out bush you can enjoy wide open spaces and often your neighbours are tens of kilometres away, if not hundreds. But what happens when you need services which are only provided in town – like, access to a hospital? In this episode Steph Coombes sat down with Jodie Grant to discuss her experience not only fighting cancer while living on a cattle station, but the challenges of getting a diagnosis in the first place – and the effect of living remotely impacted her experience.


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Mar 08, 2021
180km just to check the mail [Short Story]
9:14

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 

Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/180km-just-to-check-the-mail/ 


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Mar 03, 2021
Tylah Bonisch - Her first year as Head Stockwoman
1:06:47

Since she was knee-high to a grasshopper, Tylah Bonisch knew she wanted to work with cattle and horses.

She didn’t travel to the north for a gap year, but to start her career in the pastoral industry.

In this episode Tylah and I speak about her time in the industry so far, and how she moved into role of Headstockwoman at Victoria River Downs Station in the northern territory.

In particular, we speak about her experience in a leadership as a woman, and how what shes learnt so far.


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Mar 01, 2021
Jess Di Pasquale - Equine adventures in Australia and abroad
43:54

Jess Di Pasquale is a born and bred Territory girl. Even though her childhood was colored with living on and visiting cattle stations, she went on the excel in the English equine discipline of Mounted Games, competing overseas 3 times while Representing Australia. In this episode, Jess shares her latests plans to compete in the 2021 Mongol Derby – a 1000km horse race, and we chat about her history of equine pursits in both Australia and overseas put her on the road to Mongolia.


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Feb 22, 2021
It's on [Short Story]
7:05

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 

Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/its-on/


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Feb 17, 2021
Danyelle Haigh - Don't judge this book by her cover
1:09:02

Let’s be honest, we love to judge. It’s second nature to take someone at face value and make assumptions about them.

In social science, this phenomenon is called schema are mental structures that an individual uses to organize knowledge and guide cognitive processes and behaviour. So what that means, is that we use Schema to categorize objects and events based on common elements and characteristics and thus interpret and predict the world. New information is processed according to how it fits into these mental structures, or rules. So, you see a man in a dark alley way holding a knife, and instead of having to stop and think about it, you immediately think “danger”!

Here’s the thing though, while face value assumptions can be helpful, they can also be counter-productive and even destructive.

Take Danyelle Haigh – at first sight, we see this gorgeous blonde woman, beautifully dressed, with nice jewellry, and her hair, makeup and nails done. The kind of woman who stands out in a crowd with her bubbly laugh and unfiltered comments.

This isn’t an act. Danyelle is as authentic as they come. And in this episode, I sat down with her to learn more about the real Danyelle, not the one we predetermine in our minds.


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Feb 15, 2021
Luke Hayes - Venturing off the pastoral pathway
1:12:07

Luke Hayes was born a 6th generation pastoralist on Deep Well Station in Central Australia. You’d be forgiven if you assumed that Luke was planning to continue in the same line of work as the previous 5 generations of his family – it just makes sense, right? However, that is not Luke’s story. As a consequence of drought, death and the human agency that comes with living in 21st century, Luke has ventured away from the pastoral pathway. In this episode, Luke shares how growing up on a cattle station has shaped his life today, what its like stepping out from the family business, and what he has learnt along the way.


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Feb 08, 2021
Dating in the bush - a Tinderella tale [Short Story]
9:54

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 

Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/dating-in-the-bush-a-tinderella-story/ 


 

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Feb 03, 2021
Tanya Heaslip - An Alice Girl
1:21:55

Tanya was raised on a cattle station north of Alice Springs during the 1960s and 1970s. The stories from her childhood sound like something out of book – too wild and wonderful to be true. As it turns out – they are so extraordinary Tanya has published them into a memoir called An Alice Girl.


In this episode, we chat about what Tanyas childhood on a remote cattle station was like back in those days, and how it shaped the rest of her life.


Because, as you’ll come to learn in this episode, Tanya went on to become an accomplished lawyer who worked on the Azaria Chamberlain inquiry, she travelled the world and even lived in Prague, and is now the author of 2 books. Not bad for someone who used to go to school for 30 minutes a day over a 2 way radio...


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Feb 01, 2021
Steph Coombes - It takes a village
59:49

Today’s episode has been inspired by Lucy Daley, who featured on Episode 52. When asked what message would she put on a billboard, she answered “No matter how far you’ve come in life, someone has helped you get there.” And aint that the truth. I know that my own initiative and drive has played a huge part in getting me to where I am today, and what experiences I’ve had – but I also regularly reflect and experience gratitude for the people who have helped me along the way. So, in today’s episode, I thought I’d pay homage to some of the people who have been instrumental in my life so far.

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Dec 17, 2020
The Kimberley Chicken Musterer [Short Story]
7:41

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 

Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/the-kimberley-chicken-muster-er/ 


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Nov 30, 2020
Lucy Daly - The quiet achiever
40:45

In today’s episode I’m chatting with Lucy Daley, who lives on a property called Katherine Downs in the Northern Territory. Lucy has managed to fit an awful lot into her life so far, including going droving, living overseas, running a cattle station with her husband, obtaining a fixed wing licence and having 4 kids!


She is incredibly humble and didn’t think her story was worth being told, but I think by the end of this episode you’ll agree with me when I say that Lucy is an inspiration who has just rolled up her sleeves and had a crack at life, and I daresay, a little bit of a dark horse!


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Nov 23, 2020
Lessons learned in the Kimberley [Short Story]
9:01

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 

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Nov 16, 2020
Sarah Cook - The cost of education in remote Australia
48:58

The government says public education will be free... but then why are so many families paying $50,000 per year on average to put their kids through primary school?


In todays episode, I’m chatting with Sarah Cook, who manages a cattle station in the Northern Territory and is the President of the NT Isolated Children's Parents' Association.




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Nov 09, 2020
A cancer diagnosis whilst pregnant [Short Story]
13:52

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 


Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/when-a-pregnancy-is-followed-by-a-cancer-diagnosis/ 


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Nov 02, 2020
Mel Bethel - The woman behind the camera
1:18:49

In today’s episode I’m sitting down with Mel Bethel. Chances are, you’ve seen Mel’s photography on Facebook and Instagram – she’s the woman you want at your campdrafts because she’s pretty handy with a camera.


But what we see of Mel online is her work, photos of animals and other people – so I wanted to know who this person behind the camera actually was. So, while I was in the town where Mel currently lives, I reached out to her and asked to meet. And, surprise surprise, I invited her on the podcast. I hope you enjoy hearing some yarns from this incredible woman, and learning that there’s so much more to her than the great photos she takes.


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Oct 26, 2020
Jaimie Jenkins - An unconventional pathway to the north
56:31

Today’s episode was hands down one of my all-time favourites to record.


In this episode, we’re going to hear from Jaimie Jenkins, who had some unbelievable experiences before she headed up north. I had absolutely no idea what direction this episode was going to go in, as you’l l hear from my genuine reactions throughout the episode, but I think you’ll agree that it’s an absolute cracker, and really demonstrates how everyone does have a story.


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Oct 15, 2020
Macro and Micro Isolation [Short Story]
10:31

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 


Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/macro-and-micro-isolation-a-bold-contrast/ 

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Oct 12, 2020
Becky Klingenberg - Champions are made when no one is watching
1:09:16

Becky Klingenberg is the definition of hustle. As you’ll hear in this episode, she doesn’t let anything stand in the way of her dreams, including living and working on remote cattle stations.



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Oct 05, 2020
Has anyone got a copy - Part 3 [Short Story]
9:07

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 


Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/has-anyone-got-a-copy-part-three/ 


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Sep 28, 2020
The Cattle Station Classroom Podcast
4:07

Have you ever wanted to know more about the northern beef industry?


Traditional opportunities to learn about the industry include: university, TAFE, short courses, schools, and on-the-job training. For a number of reasons, whether it be time, money, and/or access, not everyone has the same learning opportunities.


The Cattle Station Classroom podcast is a free platform where anyone can learn about different aspects of the Australian cattle station industry and ask questions.


“Every station is different. Different country, cattle, and ways of doing things. Each station has different needs, which means we don’t always learn about the same things”, podcast host Steph Coombes said. “I know how easy it is to be too nervous to ask questions, and let’s be honest – sometimes we don’t even have anyone to ask. So whether you’re a station hand, or you work in any other part of the industry, I hope this podcast is an opportunity for people to be able to learn more, feel empowered and be more involved in our industry.”


If there’s a topic you’d like to learn about, or a question you want answered, email admin@centralstation.net.au. This podcast is brought you by Central Station and hosted by Steph Coombes.


You can find the podcast on the Apple Podcast app by clicking here, on the Spotify app by clicking here, and through your web browser by clicking here.

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Sep 21, 2020
Has anyone got a copy - Part 2 [Short Story]
8:47

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 


Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/has-anyone-got-a-copy-part-two/ 


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Sep 14, 2020
Chris Henggeler - The backpacker who bought a cattle station
1:10:00

Imagine this: building a pastoral lease from scratch.


I’m talking about walking onto a piece of land that has never been managed or developed – no fences, no man-made waters, no roads – nothing.


Sounds like something from the 1800’s right? A story of the settlers?


Well, this actually happened in the late 1980s, when Chris Henggeler purchased a new pastoral lease in the east Kimberley.


In this episode we find out how a Swiss backpacker ended up purchasing an Austrlalian cattle station, why there’s still no road access to Kachana over 30 years later, and about one mans mission to bring regenerative agriculture to the Kimberley.


Learn more about Kachana Station here: https://www.kachana-station.com/


Books: Gardeners of Eden: Rediscovering Our Importance to Nature by Dan Daggart, Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision Making by Allan Savory

Videos: 100,000 beating hearts 


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Sep 07, 2020
Has anyone got a copy - Part 1 [Short Story]
9:00

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 


Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/has-anyone-got-a-copy-part-one/ 

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Aug 31, 2020
Ben Mills - Floods and droughts on the 80 Mile beach
56:28

When Ben Mills landed his first job managing a cattle station in the Kimberley, he didn't expect it to be easy. And, when the wet season storms brought just the right amount of rain, he knew there would be one less thing to worry about. But then the rain didn't stop... and what followed was a record-breaking flood. In a classic case of "too much of a good thing", the flood then caused a drought - throwing the a massive curveball into his first 2 years as a station manager.





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Aug 24, 2020
An Easter calamity [Short Story]
7:23

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 


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Aug 17, 2020
Hannah Purss - The city girl turned camel expert
1:34:24

After 36 episodes talking about cattle, we thought we’d mix it up and talk about another four-legged herbivore that is also found on many cattle stations… camels!


Our guest today is an incredible woman named Hannah, who, as you’re about to learn, knows an awful lot about camels and has no shortage of yarns about them.


Hannah has managed to fit an incredible amount into her life so far, and in this episode shares stories about living all over the world; falling in love in the Northern Territory, and; finding her purpose working with camels.


In this episode Hannah mentions the short film "Judas Collar" - learn more here: https://judascollar.com 



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Aug 10, 2020
Low stress wife handling [Short Story]
6:14

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 


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Aug 03, 2020
Pip Bain - a childhood at Mt. Clere, the loss of a parent, and a lesson in mental health
1:12:55

What's it like growing up on a cattle station?


In this episode we chat with Pip Bain, who grew up on Mt Clere station in Western Australia in the early 90s. Pip talks about her love for rural Australia, and how she followed in her family's footsteps to pursue a career in the pastoral industry.


Pip also speaks candidly about losing her mother through suicide when Pip was just 18, and how important it is to keep the conversation about mental health going in the bush.


If you are experiencing depression or are suicidal, or know someone who is, help is available. Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 Lifeline: 13 11 14 www.lifeline.com.au Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636 www.beyondblue.org.au/ Mindspot: 1800 61 44 34 http://mindspot.org.au/ Men’s Shed: www.mensheds.org.au


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Jul 28, 2020
The humble water run [Short Story]
8:03

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 


Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/the-humble-water-run/ 


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Jul 14, 2020
Caitlin Mills - Challenges come in threes
50:16

They say that "Good things come in threes", but as it turns out, so do the not-so-good things.


In this episode I caught up with Caitlin Mills to hear about her initiation into station management by fire, flood and drought (literally!).


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Jul 08, 2020
Stepping up [Short Story]
7:23

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 


Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/stepping-up-during-a-crisis/ 



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Jun 17, 2020
Katie O'Donoghue - Taking the leap
1:11:37

Katie works at Mandora Station which is situated on the 80 mile beach between Port Hedland and Broome in Western Australia. That’s right, Mandora is on the beach!


Anyway, Katie has a very unusual story – I don’t want to give too much away – but let’s just say she didn’t set foot on a cattle station until the year of her 30th birthday, and now she’s one of the handiest people I know.


But what I really wanted to pick Katie’s brains about in this episode is how she stays grounded and manages to appreciate where she is right now, instead of focussing on where she wants to be, or thinks she should be.


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Jun 11, 2020
Not better, not worse, just different [Short Story]
13:08

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 


Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/not-better-not-worse-just-different/ 

 


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Jun 02, 2020
Caitlin Mills - her early days in the Pilbara, and a brush with the RFDS
1:16:41

Caitlin Mills has spent the past decade working on cattle stations in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia.


In this episode we chat about Caitlin's early days in the Pilbara, the different versions of how she supposedly met her future husband, and the day she had to call the Royal Flying Doctor Service.


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May 28, 2020
The incident [Short Story]
12:10

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 


Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/the-incident/ 


Narrated by Hugo Rickard-Bell


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May 18, 2020
Danielle Doyle – the "Indoor cat" of the outback
1:06:59

Danielle Doyle has become an iconic character of outback Australia over the past 7 years through her insightful (and hilarious) blog and "Miss Chardy".


Labelled by her husband as an "indoor cat", Dan Doyle is not your typical cattle station manager’s wife. She doesn’t ride horses, and you won’t catch her out on a muster or in the cattle yards.


She’s unapologetically authentic and has built a family and life she loves in the middle of “bum-truck-nowhere” despite not "fitting in".


In this episode Dan and Steph have a yarn about Dan’s experience of marching to the beat of her own drum, and the launch of the “most effed cookbook ever”. 


Want to hear more from Dan? Head on over to the "Wild Spark" podcast to follow her adventures and have a good laugh.


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May 11, 2020
Things I miss about the Australian outback [Short Story]
8:05

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 


Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/things-i-miss-about-northern-australia-and-some-things-i-dont/ 


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May 07, 2020
Anthony McNamara - The Ringer with a reputation
1:27:09

Imagine this: you're fresh out of high school in the city, and you manage to land a job on Newcastle Waters - one of the largest and most prestigious cattle stations in Australia. But... you don't know where it is, or what even happens on a cattle station. You've definitely got no experience. Well, that's ok, because there's a two week induction training at the rural college in Katherine before you start work. So, sure - you're already a little bit on the back foot, being the city kid with no experience - but nothing that can't be overcome.


However, by the time you get off the bus from the rural college to the station, you've managed to get yourself a court date in town in a couple of weeks. Now, you have to tell the station manager - a man you've never met before.


This story could have turned out so different, and we are so proud to be able to share it with you.


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Apr 27, 2020
Take a chill Pil-bara [Short Story]
5:43

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 


Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/take-a-chill-pill-bara/ 



 

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Apr 17, 2020
"10 life lessons I learnt from living on a remote cattle station"
1:11:25

Living remote can challenge you in many ways. Some people just flat out say “No, I couldn’t do it,” some people want to try it for a while and some people love the lifestyle. 


The first time Meg lived on a cattle station when she was 18. She didn't work on another station until 10 years later - and realised she saw things quite differently as a 28 year old.


In this episode Meg discusses some of the important things she has learnt over the years living remote which may help people that have been remote for a while or the newbies that maybe coming into the industry in a tough year.



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Apr 13, 2020
The Pastoralist Pregnancy Pact [Short Story]
13:15

Central Station [SHORT STORY] episodes bring the stories from our website to life through the authors themselves. 


Find the story from this episode here: https://www.centralstation.net.au/the-pastoralist-pregnancy-pact/ 


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Apr 11, 2020
5 Minute (GOOD) Friday Update
4:29

1) We've started publishing new stories for 2020. Find them at www.centralstation.net.au/blog 

Make sure you SUBSCRIBE to our website to get an email every time we post a new article!

2) Do you have a story to tell? Or, do you know someone else who does? Slide into our DM's or email us at admin@centralstation.net.au to find out more about featuring on our website and/or podcast!

3) JOIN the Central Station Podcast Facebook group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/centralstationwebsite/ 

4) #RECLINEWITHABOVINE Challenge - post your pictures in the comment section of this Facebook post, and we'll add them to our album. The top 5 entries WIN a copy of the Central Station book! https://www.facebook.com/centralstationlife/posts/1801496056647619 

5) Don't forget to leave a REVIEW and RATING on the Apple Podcast App. Pretty please!

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Apr 10, 2020
Mariah Maughan - finding her place outside the stock camp
1:04:07

After a number of years working on stations, Mariah Maughan knew that she wanted to be involved with the northern beef industry, in particular the Kimberley, but it was time to leave behind her days of being a Jillaroo and find a new role.


In this episode we chat to Mariah about her journey into the industry, and how she persevered to find her place.


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Mar 31, 2020
Angela Wall – the psychology behind COVID-19
59:02

Right now, almost everything in our lives revolves around the idea of flattening the COVID-19 curve. But, there is a second curve we need to work towards flattening, one that no one is talking about; the impacts of the pandemic on our emotional and mental wellbeing.

In this episode we speak to Angela Wall, a Clinical Nurse Consultant of Mental Health, who has over 11 years’ experience as a nurse in the wards and as a nurse therapist.

We thought we’d take a look at the pandemic through a psychological lens to answer questions such as:

Why are we seeing behaviours such as panic buying, hoarding, and aggression?

What are the impacts of all the COVID-19 coverage? and;

What can we do to maintain our own mental wellbeing during these times?

No matter who or where you are, we believe this episode will provide an insight to help us all nagivate the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.

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If you are experiencing distress or are suicidal, or know someone who is, help is available.

Please help spread this message to help others understand help is just a phone call or text away and they are not alone. *****


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Mar 29, 2020
Coronavirus & cattle stations
1:01:04

I’m sure by now that you are well and truly sick of hearing about the coronavirus… or COVID-19. Whether or not the virus itself is as deadly and threatening as it is reported to be, we cannot deny the impact it is having on our economy and community.


First of all, it feels like a pretty dang good time to be living in some of the most remote parts of the world. I think we can appreciate the reduced risk of coming into contact with individuals who are ill, because we just don’t see that many people on a day to day basis, let alone strangers.


Here’s the thing though: just because we’re likely to have a lower risk of contracting the coronavirus, it doesn’t mean we’re untouchable, or that we won’t feel the effects of it.


In this episode I want to discuss a couple different points:

  • How reduce the risk of contraction and what to do if you’re living in a rural or remote location and start to identify with any of the symptoms. For this, I’m going to be chatting with Dr Katie Clift, Head Medical Consultant (Queensland Section), Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia.
  • And secondly, I want to have a chat about how this whole coronavirus pandemic is affecting people in rural and remote Australia, including lockdowns on cattle stations and Indigenous communities, station supplies, and the impact on small business.


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Mar 18, 2020
Tips for station newbies (let's talk about sex)
1:08:52

This episode is based on one of the most popular stories on the Central Station website, called “Tips for station newbies”. From advice when applying for a job, to what to pack and how to behave once you’ve got the job – we cover a lot in this episode! We even cover … sex! So, if you have little ones around, it might be best to plug in some headphones.


Whether you’re heading out to a station for the first time, or you’ve been around for a while, there’s something for everything in this episode. If you have any advice you think we should include on our website, send us a message through our website or any of our social media accounts.


Ok, here is the mandatory disclaimer… The views reflected in this episode are those of the author and podcast host, and do not necessarily represent the views of Central Station staff, people who contribute to our website or our wonderful sponsors. The original blog was written in good humor and that is the same for this episode – we don’t take ourselves too seriously, and you shouldn’t either – we encourage you to take the following with a grain of salt and make up your own mind.


In this episode we mention a few stories from our website which you can find below:

Skin cancer

What to pack when moving to a station

Questions to ask to when applying for jobs

Washing machine wars


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Mar 02, 2020
Learn the skills you need to work on a cattle station
52:26

Have you always wanted to experience the North Australian beef cattle industry but you’re not sure where to start? Well... there's a course for that! 


Training through the Katherine Rural Campus will allow you to develop the basic skills that you need to seek employment on a cattle station and allow you to experience the northern beef cattle industry in a safe and supported environment. 


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Feb 12, 2020
Adriano Moraes - the untold story of the man with 3 World Championships
45:55

We’re really excited to bring you something a bit different today – it’s not a story directly related to cattle stations, but there are some connections and we felt it was a story worth telling.


In September 2019, 3-time Professional Bull Riding (PBR) world champion Adriano Moraes travelled from his home country of Brazil, all the way to Broome in the West Kimberley region of Western Australia. He travelled over to teach bull riding clinics hosted by an organization by the name of Saltwater Country.


Saltwater Country is committed to using a strength-based approach to create a rite of passage for Aboriginal people to train, work and compete together. They are giving at-risk youth an alternative way of being involved in life, learning life skills on country and become re-engaged in the world around them through training & employment based on experiential learning and genuine Aboriginal-lead outcomes.


Now, it’s not every day you get to sit down with a 3-time world champion and pick their brains. We wanted to take the opportunity to sit down with Adriano and go beyond the same old conversations about bull riding, and find out more about the incredible man who went from extreme poverty to World Champion.


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Jan 29, 2020
Pip Grossmith – an environmental nerd in a cowboy's world
1:08:34

As the daughter of a Coastal Sciences Professor who grew up on the northern beaches of Sydney, working with cattle producers in outback Western Australia is the last place anyone expected Pip Grossmith to end up – including herself.


With a “have a go” attitude and unparalleled authenticity in everything she does, it hasn’t taken long for Pip to become a well-known character in the Pilbara.


In this episode we talk about Pip’s unconventional journey into the pastoral industry, and how you just never know where life will take you.


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Jan 14, 2020
Dusty & Jodie Grant - unbelievable yarns you'd have to see to believe
1:06:59

What happens when a city girl meets a bloke from the Northern Territory and follows him out to one of the most isolated areas in Australia with their newborn child?


The past decade has been nothing short of adventure, fun and a whole lot of learning for Dusty and Jodie Grant and their family.


In this episode we chat about their experiences working on remote cattle station, some of the characters they've come across, and why they wouldn't trade this life for any other.


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Nov 28, 2019
Dionne Walsh - the power of a paddock [Cattle Station Classroom]
15:36

[This episode was released before the launch of our second podcast series "Cattle Station Classroom"]


Many breeder paddocks in northern Australia are too big and under-watered to achieve optimum productivity. In the Barkly Tableland region, for example, average paddock area is 218 km² (21,800 hectares) and some are more than 1000 km². These large, poorly watered paddocks impact on reproduction and profitability: there’s over-and under-utilised feed (depending on distance from water), incomplete musters and limited opportunities to implement herd segregation, controlled mating or tactical pasture management.


Dr Dionne Walsh is the Rangeland Program Manager for the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Resources. In this episode, we chat about a new research project called "Paddock Power". The Paddock Power project aims to deliver better evidence and advice for producers investing in paddock development to lift cattle herd productivity in northern Australia. 


The Paddock Power project aims to answer three questions:

  1. How much impact is paddock area and distance to water having on production?
  2. Where should we put new water and/or fencing infrastructure to get best bang for buck?
  3. Which infrastructure development option/s will deliver the best return on investment?


Learn more at the website here, and follow the project on Facebook here.



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Nov 07, 2019
Kate Everett - Life as a contract musterer, and keeping Dolly's Dream alive
1:23:54

The Everett family are like many others in the Northern Territory - they live and breathe horses, cattle, and station life. However, their lives changed irrevocably in January 2018 when Dolly Everett took her own life after being the target of relentless bullying at boarding school. She was just 14.


In this episode we sit down with Kate Everett to talk about life before losing Dolly, and the Everett family's newfound mission to make the world a kinder place.


If listening to this episode has left you feeling overwhelmed or if you are in need of support, please know that there are services available to help. For telephone 24/7 crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp. In an emergency, call 000. Parents and carers, visit the new Dolly's Dream Parent Hub to learn more about how to keep your kids safe online: https://parenthub.dollysdream.org.au/


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Oct 26, 2019
Tom and Annabel Curtain - We're still here
45:50

You may remember Tom and Annabel Curtain from Episode ... Tom is a long-time horse trainer, Golden Guitar winning musician, and founder of Katherine Outback Experience. Annabel's dad picked Tom up while he was hitchhiking one day, and these days she calls the Northern Territory home, where she runs Katherine Outback Experience alongside her now-husband Tom.


In this episode we catch up with Tom and Annabel to hear about what they've been up to since Episode 1 (hint: they've done a lot!).



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Oct 16, 2019
Dr Jillian Kelly - CSI for cattle, drought smokos, and painting in the bush
1:04:40

Dr Jillian Kelly is the District Vet in Coonamble, New South Wales.


You know the show CSI - Crime Scene Investigation? Well, Jill is basically a detective for diseases in farm animals. She discovered the first case of Ichthyosis fetails, or "Fish Scale Disease", in Australia!


Jill is also the founder of the "Drought Smoko", and has hosted over 70 "smokos" to bring together farmers struggling with drought. In addition to being a badass investigative vet and support person for local graziers, Jill is also a talented watercolour artist!  We cover all of the above and a fair bit more in this episode.


You can follow Jill on Instagram at @miss.vet or on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Miss-Vet-273828582974569/ 

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Sep 30, 2019
Mark Bettini - "Of drought and flooding rains"
1:21:02

In the poem "My Country", Dorothy McKellar wrote "I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of drought and flooding rains". Those words came to life for Mark Bettini in 2019 when his family's cattle stations, spanning 1 million acres in the Pilbara, went from extreme drought to deadly floods in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Veronica. In this episode Mark shares his experience in of trying to keep his cattle alive from a lack of rain, to saving them from dying because of too much rain. This is not an episode to be missed!


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Sep 10, 2019
Hayley Goad - overcoming a gender bias as old as time
1:08:51

In this episode, we sit down to discuss Hayley's former life as one of the only female livestock agents in WA, and how she came to make a 1700km move from the south west up to the Pilbara. Hayley shares some invaluable advice about overcoming discrimination and set backs, and what she's learnt along her journey so far.

 

 

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Aug 28, 2019
The story behind our Ariana Grande parody video [Short Story]
29:24

In July 2019 we released a parody video on our Facebook page of the Ariana Grande song "Breathin'" called "Breedin'".


The song features pastoralists from cattle stations in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia dancing in their paddocks, cattle yards, and on trucks, while singing about "early weaning", "segregation", "pregnancy testing" and "supplementation". So, what does this all mean and why did we make the video? Listen to this episode to find out!

 

 

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Aug 08, 2019
Jane Sale - from suburban Melbourne to building an empire
1:05:59

Jane Sale is a station manager, business owner, wife, mother, and the brains behind the original concept for the Central Station website.


From starting off with an undeveloped 850,000 acre block of land on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert with just 800 head of cattle, today Jane and her husband Haydn manage over 60,000 head of cattle on 8 cattle stations in the East Kimberley region. 


In this episode, Steph Coombes sat down with Jane to find out how after spending the first 26 years of her life in the city of Melbourne, Jane came to be co-managing one of the largest pastoral companies in the Kimberley.

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Jul 25, 2019
Boyd Holden - teaching other countries to looking after Aussie animals
58:13

Boyd Holden teaches people around the world how to understand and work with livestock. He's work has taken him to South East Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, Russia and even the open seas. In this episode Boyd shares stories from his adventures abroad and teaches us a thing or two about how to get on the good side of a cow!

 

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Jul 13, 2019
Landmark Broome Market Update with Todd Walsh
7:14

Introducing Market Updates brought to you by the team at Landmark Broome. 


In this short episode, Livestock Agent Todd Walsh gives a run down on what's been happening in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia given the current dry conditions.


To find the "Is the animal fit to load?" guide online, visit https://www.mla.com.au/ and search "Fit to load 2019".


 

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Jul 04, 2019
Connie Wood - a rodeo proposal, managing "groomzilla", and motherhood on a remote cattle station
49:12

Connie Wood, Assistant Manager of Blina Station in the West Kimberley, recalls the stories of how her husband Matt proposed, and what it was like planning a wedding with a station-manager-come-groomzilla. Connie also shares an insight into the highs and lows of being a first time mum on a remote cattle station. 

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Jun 25, 2019
Felicity Brown - the outback Jillaroo who featured at New York Fashion Week
31:33

When Felicity "Flic" Brown decided to go traveling around Australia, she told her everyone she'd be back in two years. 25 years later she's become one of the most recognizable faces of the Kimberley community and not yet made it back home.


Flic's journey has taken her across a number of cattle stations in northern Australia and all the way to New York Fashion Week. In this episode, she shares how her experiences with life and death have led her to become the "Milliner on the Move" and create a life off the beaten path. 



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Jun 18, 2019
Tom & Annabel Curtain - finding the love your life on the side of the road
1:21:39

Tom Curtain was living his dream training horses for outback cattle stations, until the suspension of the livestock export trade in 2011 saw his work literally dry up overnight. With bills to pay and the local cattle industry facing financial ruin, Tom knew going back out bush wasn't an option. So, to make ends meet he dusted off his guitar and started singing at a local caravan park.


In this episode Tom speaks about how he overcame that significant setback to build a successful business and win a number of Golden Guitar awards. He is joined by his wife Annabelle, and together they share the story of how they met while Tom was hitch-hiking on the side of the road.


**Note** The audio quality of this episode does not reflect the quality of our other episodes. We have come a long way since our first recording, so please don't think that they all sound like this!





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Jun 09, 2019