Me, Mark and a Migrant ...
Berit from Koroit
Berit was born and bred in East Germany and came to Australia, like many Europeans, as a backpacker on a working holiday visa. She has fallen in love with our rural towns and has made Koroit her home - a small Irish village in south west Victoria. Berit offers her personal perspective and insights into life growing up in East Germany under communist rule, and also has a story or two to share about working in a regional community.
Dharshini from Port Fairy
Dharshini is originally from Sri Lanka and has been living in Port Fairy for 8 years with her teenage son. It has been a long journey for Dharshini to set up a life in Port Fairy. Under threat in her home country, Dharshini made the tough decision to risk her life and get on a boat to seek asylum in Australia. The decision was well worth it, as she has created a new, wonderful life in south west Victoria.
This episode does have reference to suicide and may be triggering for some, if you need help, please go to:
Beyond Blue: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/
Jimmy from Hamilton
Jimmy, most commonly known as 'Jimmy the Fish', arrived into Australia from Greece and has spent the last 51 years living in Hamilton in south west Victoria. If you have ever bought fish and chips in Hamilton over this period, you likely have met Jimmy and would agree that he certainly loves to have a good laugh and sure is a memorable character.