Newcastle Herald writer and proud Novocastrian Scott Bevan invites a panel of Hunter locals to share their take on the main news events, to discuss issues shaping the region - and to celebrate life in the Hunter.
Bridging memories - the Stockton Bridge celebrates its 50th birthday
The construction of the Stockton Bridge marked more than a connection across the Hunter River for motorists and a string of communities to the north. It also provided employment for locals, such as Gordon Hyde. But the bridge also meant jobs, and a Newcastle Harbour tradition, were taken away, as the old vehicular ferries were retired, and crew members such as young Stockton man Doug Conway had to find new work. With November 1 marking 50 years since the bridge was opened, for this episode, we hear the voices - and learn from the memories - of Gordon Hyde and Doug Conway.
Musician and mental health advocate Amy Vee on writing songs and being a voice in the midst of COVID
As an acclaimed singer-songwriter, Amy Vee knows how to make compelling music. But the psychology graduate is also researching the mental health of performers and, as COVID has added so much financial and emotional pressure to many artists, she is keen to use her voice to raise awareness of the issue.
Ron Land's journey from the coalface to the battleground in fighting for the survival of koalas
After a career as a coal miner and union official, Ron Land was looking at retirement at his Port Stephens home, when something else caught his eye and changed his life - a koala in his backyard. These days, Ron is the president of the Port Stephens Koala Hospital, a facility he helped bring to life, so that more marsupials have a better chance at life. And, Ron says, they need all the help they can get, as the local population declines, estimated at fewer than 300. In this episode, Ron introduces us to a few of the patients currently in the hospital and explains why more has to be done to ensure Port Stephens koalas have a future.
A walk by Lake Macquarie and into Stories on Country with artist Saretta Fielding
For her acclaimed works, Indigenous leader Saretta Fielding not only looks around the bays and shores of Lake Macquarie but delves deep into the past, into the stories and culture connected to the Awabakal land she lives on. And she hopes that the art she creates will help Australians walk together into the future.
Dr Peter Saul talks life, death - and rewilding
For more than 40 years, Peter Saul has helped prolong life as a doctor, mostly as an intensive care specialist, and he's encouraged people to talk about the very thing that most of us fear - end of life. Now Peter Saul has changed paths in his own life journey, working with nature on his farm by the Williams River, "resuscitating" trees and "rewilding" the bush. And, as Scott found when he visited Peter Saul just before the COVID lockdown came into effect, the "retired" (he doesn't like that word) doctor is also regenerating himself.
Podcast on pause due to lockdown - sorry!
August 6 was meant to be our first episode, and, as you can imagine, we were going to talk about the impact of COVID in the Hunter. Well, we can tell you one impact ... COVID stopped us talking - for now. The lockdown has meant we couldn't gather in the same room to record. We looked at options. However, we decided to hit the pause button. We're sorry about that, and we look forward to being with you soon. Until then, take care.