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Discover new people, places and perspectives with Voice of Real Australia. Each episode showcases stories from rural and regional Australia. A podcast from ACM -- Australia's largest independent media network.

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Discover new people, places and perspectives with Voice of Real Australia. Each episode showcases stories from rural and regional Australia. A podcast from ACM -- Australia's largest independent media network.

    Forgotten River 1: Dead fish and an empty lake

    Forgotten River 1: Dead fish and an empty lake

    The sudden death of over a million fish around the Menindee Lakes focused international attention on the plight of the Darling River. The dead fish are another sign of the peril the environment of the Lower Darling faces. In the first episode of our special four part mini-series, Forgotten River, we explore what factors contributed to the mass fish kills and how they affected the ecology and communities along the Darling/Barka.

    To see photos, videos, and read more about the Darling visit https://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/forgotten-river/

    To hear every episode right now, search Forgotten River in your podcast player.

    • 39 min
    Introducing Forgotten River a Voice of Real Australia mini-series

    Introducing Forgotten River a Voice of Real Australia mini-series

    From September 16 Voice of Real Australia brings you a very special mini-series, Forgotten River: An outback tragedy. This three part series showcases the voices of communities in the most forgotten parts of the Darling River. The Darling River wends its way through 1500 kilometres of Australian Outback. To the Barkindji people of far western New South Wales, the river channel marks the course of the Naatji -- the rainbow serpent. It has sustained cultures and communities for thousands of years. But the River is in danger, and the people along its course face an uncertain future. In a four part series Voice of Real Australia takes you up the Darling River, the Forgotten River, and introduces you to the people who are fighting for its life.

    Listen here from September 16 or find the Forgotten River feed at
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/forgotten-river/id1579849902
    https://open.spotify.com/show/0JAhxdKv731lngtUE7lIHg
    or search "Forgotten River" wherever you listen to podcasts

    • 1 min
    Rescued boy meets hero's family 60 years after Mudgee flood

    Rescued boy meets hero's family 60 years after Mudgee flood

    All towns have their legends, Mudgee is no exception. In 1959, a six-year-old boy was rescued during a flood on the town's main street by a migrant cafe owner. The story has evolved over the years. We meet the boy at the centre of the story and introduce him to his hero's family.

    Get the transcript: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7393532/

    This podcast is produced by Laura Corrigan and Tom Melville.

    • 16 min
    Hidden treasures of White Cliffs

    Hidden treasures of White Cliffs

    In this remote town lives a woman in her 70s who delivered mail across 3500km of outback. It's also home to three mates in their 20s looking for a windfall in the world's oldest opal field. We meet people who left the the city behind for a completely different world.

    More about Gaye Nicholls: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7366453/

    Get the transcript: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7375054/

    Take part in our listener survey: https://forms.gle/yYyasc9Pxy4FVhXL7

    This podcast was produced by Laura Corrigan and Tom Melville.

    • 32 min
    Eight kids and a nun walk into court, and it's no joke for rural Aussies

    Eight kids and a nun walk into court, and it's no joke for rural Aussies

    A new mine in Boggabri was at the centre of a landmark court ruling that found the Environment Minister has a duty of care to protect children from climate change. Eight highschoolers from around Australia took on the government and won, but what does this ruling mean for the people on the ground?

    Take part in our listener survey: https://forms.gle/yYyasc9Pxy4FVhXL7

    Read the article: https://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/7351375/

    Get the transcript: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7353566/

    This podcast is produced by Laura Corrigan and Tom Melville.

    • 28 min
    How can you run a tourism business when your staff have nowhere to live?

    How can you run a tourism business when your staff have nowhere to live?

    In Jindabyne, ongoing staff shortages mean businesses struggle to keep up with demand. We speak to Jindabyne business owners to understand why no one is applying for seasonal work, and what this means for the snow country.

    Get the transcript: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7330517/

    This podcast is produced by Laura Corrigan and Tom Melville.

    • 23 min

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