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What makes a hero? Join actress and story-teller Madeleine West as she speaks to extraordinarily ordinary Australians who are making the world a better place.

Invisible Heroes shines a light on the people who are breaking down barriers, reimagining modern life, reclaiming identity, and helping the most vulnerable – all by thinking outside the box.

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What makes a hero? Join actress and story-teller Madeleine West as she speaks to extraordinarily ordinary Australians who are making the world a better place.

Invisible Heroes shines a light on the people who are breaking down barriers, reimagining modern life, reclaiming identity, and helping the most vulnerable – all by thinking outside the box.

    Floods, Fires And First Responders: Andrew Fletcher

    Floods, Fires And First Responders: Andrew Fletcher

    If you spend your professional life planning the best ways to protect the community, how heartbreaking would it be when you can't protect the ones you love most.
    Andrew Fletcher is a unit commander for the NSW SES. During last year’s bushfires, while he worked on the NSW mid north coast coordinating relief efforts in the region, his own son lost his home to bushfire on the south coast. Andrew has served in the armed forces, fought fires, floods, been on the scene at horrific road accidents on our rural highways, and through it all he has remained focussed and caring - in his own words.

    In his spare time he's fought for recognition for WWI nurses from his hometown of Bathurst, and has dipped his toe into natural heritage with the team at Jenolan Caves. With a life so colourfully lived, his story is one not to be missed.

    CREDITS
    Guest: Andrew Fletcher
    Host: Madeleine West
    ExecutiveProducer: Elise Cooper
    Editors: Hannah Bowman and Elise Cooper
    AudioEngineer: David Cooper

    LINKS
    Lifeline 13 11 14 or https://www.lifeline.org.au/
    Soldier On, help for returned servicemen and women https://soldieron.org.au/connect-hub/
    Young Diggers https://youngdiggers.com.au/
    Volunteer with your SES

    NSW https://www.ses.nsw.gov.au/volunteer/
    QLD https://www.ses.qld.gov.au/volunteer/Pages/default.aspx
    VIC https://www.ses.vic.gov.au/volunteer
    SA https://www.ses.sa.gov.au/home/volunteer/
    ACT https://esa.act.gov.au/
    WA https://dfes.vol.org.au/
    NT https://pfes.nt.gov.au/join-us/become-emergency-service-volunteer

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    • 54 min
    Sex Work In Modern Australia: Tash & Ellie

    Sex Work In Modern Australia: Tash & Ellie

    When it comes to sex work, people have a lot of assumptions. And more often than not they are of a pretty negative or judgemental nature. But, when you take a closer look at the industry you can see that escorts are care givers in the same way that nurses or occupational therapists are. But they’re working within a field that has long been associated with shame and seen as something to keep behind closed doors.

    CREDITS

    Host: Madeleine West
    Guests: Ellie & Tash
    ExecutiveProducer: Elise Cooper
    Editors: Hannah Bowman & Elise Cooper

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    • 1h 2 min
    Could We Have A World Without Wood: Ross Hampton & Dean Kearney

    Could We Have A World Without Wood: Ross Hampton & Dean Kearney

    Although many of us may not notice, modern life relies heavily on forest products. Did you recently receive a package in the post? Was it in a cardboard box?  Is there a printed label on the cans of veggies in your pantry? 

    Yet, when most people hear the word ‘logging’ they’d probably immediately think of deforestation and environment destruction.

    Ross Hampton and Dean Kearney are two men whose job it is to make sure that the trees in this country that are cut down for everyday products, are done so sustainably. Ross is the CEO of the Australian Forest Products Association and Dean is from Forestry NSW. For this episode of Invisible Heroes Madeleine sat down with Ross and Dean, in the middle of a forest, to find out if there is even such a thing as sustainable forestry. 

    CREDITS  

    Host: Madeleine West @madmadswest  

    Guests: Ross Hampton and Dean Kearney

    Executive Producer: Elise Cooper @elisejcooper 

    Assistant Producer: Hannah Bowman @itshannahbowman 

    Technical Assistance: Odin from North Coast Events northcoastevents.com.au 

    LINKS  
    Forestry Corporation - https://bit.ly/2HrshPF 
    Australian Forest Products Association - https://bit.ly/3dMSJiE 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 45 min
    The Secret Life Of A Private Investigator: Ken Gamble

    The Secret Life Of A Private Investigator: Ken Gamble

    What does a Private Investigator actually do? What sort of person hires a PI? In this episode of Invisible Heroes I am speaking with Ken Gamble -  a professional cybercrime investigator and surveillance specialist with 30 years experience in the private sector.  

    Most recently Ken has also been consulting with the family of missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez. Theo disappeared 18 months ago in far northern NSW in the Byron Bay region. The then 18 year old vanished after leaving a Byron Bay nightclub at around 11pm on May 31st of 2019. Ken has been looking into the case on behalf of Theo’s family – and thinks there’s more to his disappearance than we have been told. 

    CREDITS  

    Host: Madeleine West @madmadswest  


    Guest: Ken Gamble 

    Executive Producer: Elise Cooper @elisejcooper 

    Assistant Producer: Hannah Bowman @itshannahbowman 

    Technical Assistance: Odin from North Coast Events northcoastevents.com.au 

    LINKS  
    Ken can be contacted via IFW global at ifwglobal.com   
    The latest news about Theo Hayez’ disappearance can be found at looking4theo.com 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1h 8 min
    Replanting Australia’s Rainforests: Maximo Bottaro & Michael Martin

    Replanting Australia’s Rainforests: Maximo Bottaro & Michael Martin

    What are you doing to save the planet? Would you quit your big time job in the city and take up planting rainforests? That sounds like a fantasy, but it’s one that Michael Martin made his reality. Along with Maximo Bottaro the duo founded Reforest Now, an organisation whose mission is to grow and plant trees that will reforest cleared land in subtropical Australia and stand for generations to come. 
    Their vision is to see this region as Australia's largest expanse of subtropical rainforest once again.  Maximo and Michael sit down with Madeleine in the middle of a rainforest to explain why their work is so important, and what everyday people can do to help.

    CREDITS 

    Host: Madeleine West @madmadswest 
    Guests: Maximo Bottaro and Michael Martin @reforestnow_australia
    Executive Producer: Elise Cooper @elisejcooper
    Assistant Producer: Hannah Bowman @itshannahbowman
    Technical Assistance: Odin from North Coast Events northcoastevents.com.au

    LINKS 
    Reforest Now https://www.reforestnow.org.au/

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 58 min
    Exploring Kink And Human Sexuality: Roger Butler

    Exploring Kink And Human Sexuality: Roger Butler

    How comfortable are you with your sexuality? What about consent, role-playing, the power of your own body and it’s desires?

    Kink and fetish play are taboo topics usually spoken about behind closed doors. So in this episode we’re opening that door to talk about it. Roger Butler is someone who has worked in the sexual empowerment space for years, facilitating Curious Creatures sexuality workshops and helping people to become comfortable in their own skin, and with their own desires. They're easily one of Australia's most prolific sexuality workshop facilitators.

    CREDITS

    Host: Madeleine West @madmadswest
    Guest: Roger Butler of Curious Creatures
    ExecutiveProducer: Elise Cooper
    AssistantProducer: Hannah Bowman
    TechnicalAssistance: Odin from North Coast Events northcoastevents.com.au

    LINKS
    Curious Creatures and their workshops http://bit.ly/curiouscreatures-roger
    About Roger and Curious Creatures https://bit.ly/2IRDdqE 
    Curious Conversations About Sex – the podcast https://bit.ly/2ULvvkh 
    Curious Creatures on Facebook com/TwoKinkyKids

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 52 min

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