15 episodes

Meet the men and women who live and work on some of Australia’s most remote cattle stations, as they share their stories.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like living a day’s drive from the nearest supermarket? Or having a million-acre backyard, with your next-door neighbours a two-hour drive away?

These compelling true-life stories from the popular Central Station blog will open your eyes to what outback life is really like – and why many wouldn’t live anywhere else. There are yarns from bosses, station cooks, ringers, single mums, kids, governesses, chopper pilots and more, told with humour, self-deprecation – and pride in a job well done. 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 campdraft. 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.

A vivid, honest picture of outback life: the good, the bad – and the dusty!

About the website
Central Station is a popular blog started by Jane Sale of Yougawalla Station in the Kimberley, WA, with the aim of sharing the realities of a way of life in the outback when your livelihood is dependent not only on the vagaries of the weather but also of the export market. Every month the blog (edited by Steph Coombes) is hosted by a different cattle station, and everyone on the property, from the owners or managers to the kids and the staff, pitches in to post.

Central Station - Stories from Outback Australian Cattle Stations Central Station

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Meet the men and women who live and work on some of Australia’s most remote cattle stations, as they share their stories.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like living a day’s drive from the nearest supermarket? Or having a million-acre backyard, with your next-door neighbours a two-hour drive away?

These compelling true-life stories from the popular Central Station blog will open your eyes to what outback life is really like – and why many wouldn’t live anywhere else. There are yarns from bosses, station cooks, ringers, single mums, kids, governesses, chopper pilots and more, told with humour, self-deprecation – and pride in a job well done. 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 campdraft. 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.

A vivid, honest picture of outback life: the good, the bad – and the dusty!

About the website
Central Station is a popular blog started by Jane Sale of Yougawalla Station in the Kimberley, WA, with the aim of sharing the realities of a way of life in the outback when your livelihood is dependent not only on the vagaries of the weather but also of the export market. Every month the blog (edited by Steph Coombes) is hosted by a different cattle station, and everyone on the property, from the owners or managers to the kids and the staff, pitches in to post.

    Episode 15: Pip Grossmith – what happens when you’re open to life’s opportunities

    Episode 15: Pip Grossmith – what happens when you’re open to life’s opportunities

    As the daughter of a Coastal Sciences Professor who grew up on the northern beaches of Sydney, working with pastoralists in rangelands of 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.
    In this episode we talk about the book: Managing outback roads.
    This podcast series is sponsored by the legends at Pioneer Water Tanks. Designed for Australia’s harsh and demanding conditions, Pioneer Water Tanks are manufactured using strong and durable, fully recyclable 100% Australian Zincalume® or Colorbond® steel. Their range of tanks are available from 12,000 to 250,000 litres in our standard range or can be custom built up to 2.6 million litres. To protect your valuable water assets and access it where and when you need it, insist on Pioneer Water Tanks - available Australia wide.
    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.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 14: Dusty & Jodie Grant - yarns from living on remote cattle stations

    Episode 14: Dusty & Jodie Grant - yarns from living on remote cattle stations

    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.
    *Language warning*

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 13: Dionne Walsh - the Paddock Power project

    Episode 13: Dionne Walsh - the Paddock Power project

    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:
    How much impact is paddock area and distance to water having on production? Where should we put new water and/or fencing infrastructure to get best bang for buck? 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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    This episode is sponsored by the Charles Darwin University Katherine Rural Campus.
    Charles Darwin University’s Agriculture and Rural Operations team focusses on North Australian production and business systems, offering current, real world knowledge and experience by delivering both full qualifications and industry required short courses.
    Courses at the Rural Campus are designed to develop the skills required for work on a North Australian beef cattle property or in the Top End Agricultural Industry, while providing a sound knowledge base in the pastoral and/or agricultural industries.
    We have dedicated staff who specialise in workplace training and assessment and Recognition of Prior Learning. They will come to you and we service some of the most remote areas in the Northern Territory. Find out more at cdu.edu.au
     

    • 15 min
    Episode 12: Kate Everett - Life as a contract musterer, Dolly's Dream, and making the world a kinder place

    Episode 12: Kate Everett - Life as a contract musterer, Dolly's Dream, and making the world a kinder place

    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, 14, took her own life after being the target of relentless bullying at boarding school.
    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/
    Find Dolly's Dream online here:
    Website https://dollysdream.org.au  Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dollysdreamaustralia/  Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dollysdreamaustralia/  Twitter https://twitter.com/dollysdream_aus  Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZJJhpNHmzSbKYDydQe9c9Q  This episode is sponsored by Pioneer Water Tanks. Designed for Australia’s harsh and demanding conditions, Pioneer Water Tanks are manufactured using strong and durable, fully recyclable 100% Australian Zincalume® or Colorbond® steel. Their range of tanks are available from 12,000 to 250,000 litres in our standard range or can be custom built up to 2.6 million litres. To protect your valuable water assets and access it where and when you need it, insist on Pioneer Water Tanks - available Australia wide.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Episode 11: Tom and Annabel Curtain - the "We're still here campaign", a #1 single, new album and tour

    Episode 11: Tom and Annabel Curtain - the "We're still here campaign", a #1 single, new album and tour

    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!).
    Pre-order Tom's new cd "We're still here" here: https://www.tomcurtain.com.au/product/were-still-here-album-by-tom-curtain/
    Find upcoming tour dates and purchase tickets here:  https://www.tomcurtain.com.au/tour/
    This episode is sponsored 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. Their Land category encompasses a range of products, the main being UHF CB radios (both Fixed Mount and Hand Held), Antennas, Personal Locator Beacons and accessories.
    GME have released limited-edition McGrath Foundation co-branded products with part proceeds of the sales of these products directly to 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

    • 45 min
    Episode 10: Dr Jillian Kelly - CSI for cattle, drought smokos, and painting in the bush

    Episode 10: Dr Jillian Kelly - CSI for cattle, drought smokos, and painting in the bush

    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 and share information on livestock management.
    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/ 

    • 1 hr 4 min

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