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What’s happening in Your Newcastle? Lord Mayor City of Newcastle, Nuatali Nelmes, takes five with City leaders as well as prominent and everyday Novocastrians to discover events, projects and initiatives in your backyard. Together we explore how the City of Newcastle is evolving into a smart, liveable, sustainable global City and find out how you can have your say on matters important to you.
 
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“They only thing we can do for your mental health is give you the phone number of a service to call once you’re released.” With prisons overcrowded with people suffering from mental health issues, many would assume there would be adequate therapy available. But not only are people denied the treatment that could help stop the cycle or re-offending,…
 
The Memory Room – Your libraries and dementia Libraries connect with community and this special dementia-focused program does just that! Join art therapist, Alice Ropata and Kay Pisel as they unlock the treasures of the Memory room and invite members of the program, Kevin and Catherine Claydon, to share their experiences as the program celebrates i…
 
Dementia Australia: here for you Dementia Australia represent the nearly half a million Australians living with dementia and the almost 1.6 million Australians involved in their care. It provides education, support and advocacy for every Australian impacted by dementia. Dementia support specialist, Gina Hayward joins Dan to discuss the array of ser…
 
Dementia Action Week occurs in September each year. Hosted by ABC broadcast journalist, Dan Cox, the Laughter and Tears podcast series invites members of our community living with dementia to share their experiences of love, loss, courage and hope. It provides current information from medical experts and looks at dementia services available in the …
 
Beyond Prison Being incarcerated is challenging enough, but sometimes the real battle begins when you leave prison, only to find a world that now seems much smaller. How do you deal with the stigma of having been to prison? How easy is it to find employment with a criminal record? And how do you pick up the pieces of your life and try and fit back …
 
Modern Slavery Thousands of people are working in Australia for around a dollar an hour or less, and are not eligible for workers compensation, even if their supervisors are at fault and the accident results in permanent injury or death. Where is this possible in the 21st century? Only in the prison system, where incarcerated people are often expec…
 
Get up close with the reality of Australia’s prison system. Former incarcerated person Damien Linnane interviews other people about their life both inside prison and after release. In this series Damien and his guests unpack topics such as modern slavery, life beyond prison, mental health and art behind bars in relation to people and prisons in Aus…
 
Welcome to our Love Lambton Podcast series as part of Treasures from The Rare Bookroom. Here we discuss the history of Lambton with local historian and author, Julie Keating and Robert Watson. Julie has written many books on the suburbs of Newcastle and is a second-generation Lambton resident. This chat is inspired by the love of the Lambton commun…
 
Meet Chris Arnold, an avid home gardener and community garden enthusiast who set himself a composting challenge that involved recording the amount of scraps his household composted over 1 year. Find out how he makes the most of his small suburban plot, turning food scraps into compost gold. This is a Newcastle Libraries REAL Production. See omnystu…
 
Amorelle Dempster is the face of Maitland’s fresh food revolution, President of Slow Food Hunter and 2017 Maitland Citizen of the Year. Amorelle shares the incredible story behind her community food program which s ees 200 meals created each week for the disadvantaged, converting food waste into delicious meals. This is a Newcastle Libraries REAL P…
 
David Sivyer from Feedback Organic shares his passion for growing food’s future by converting food waste into food. Find out how composting can create a closed loop economy in your own backyard and start a revolution! This is a Newcastle Libraries REAL Production. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Did you know, 60% of street lighting and counting across the City of Newcastle is LED? Or that Summerhill Waste Management Centre is home to a five-megawatt solar farm? In this episode, Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Declan Clausen returns as co-host with Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes and Sustainability Manager Adam Clarke to shine a light on some of Cit…
 
From humble origins, Novocastrian artist Mitch Revs, known for his signature colourful cartoon style murals and prints, takes us on the journey of his rise as a prominent artist. Now with a gallery and shopfront on Hunter Street and expanded product offerings including art workshops, Mitch has turned his attention to business development as one of …
 
Schools-based youth mentoring program Top Blokes Foundation is expanding into the City of Newcastle, educating boys and young men on respect, empathy and consent and equipping them with the skills to deal with mental health, drugs and alcohol, anger management and more. Having signed onto City of Newcastle’s COVID-19 Greater Newcastle Youth Employm…
 
A City of Newcastle foundation charity partner since 2017, Got Your Back Sista provides practical, on-the-ground assistance to women and children escaping domestic and family violence. In April 2021, City of Newcastle pledged to continue to support Got Your Back Sista and Nova for Women and Children for a further three years, having raised more tha…
 
Newcastle Airport has faced many challenges throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, not least of which was a 99% reduction in passengers at the height of the pandemic. In positive news, the Federal Government announced $66 million in funding to upgrade the airport runway to ‘Code E’ status to withstand international aircraft, opening up potential new des…
 
Newcastle Airport has faced many challenges throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, not least of which was a 99% reduction in passengers at the height of the pandemic. In positive news, the Federal Government announced $66 million in funding to upgrade the airport runway to ‘Code E’ status to withstand international aircraft, opening up potential new des…
 
Local Government is the level of government closest to the people. So, how can we be agents of change? Joining Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes remotely in this episode is fellow female Lord Mayors Sally Capp (Melbourne), Anna Reynolds (Hobart) and Sandy Verschoor (Adelaide). Together they share some of the wins and challenges that have shaped t…
 
City of Newcastle’s parks and playgrounds are an extension of our backyards, providing safe, inclusive spaces for play. In this episode, Vicki McCarter of Friends of Stevenson Park recounts how she worked with Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes to turn the Mayfield West playground from a basic climbing frame, held together by gaffer tape, into a modern, inc…
 
City of Newcastle Ambassador, philanthropist, psychic medium and Real Housewives of Melbourne star Jackie Gillies opens up about her love story with husband Ben Gillies (Silverchair) and the gruelling IVF journey they recently embarked upon before becoming pregnant with twins. This inspiring chat from one female leader to another covers motherhood,…
 
Joined by co-host Councillor Carol Duncan, Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes recaps the success of City of Newcastle’s inaugural arts and cultural festival, New Annual, in February 2021 with project manager Kate Britton and Curious Legends Artistic Director, Mitchell Reese (Taylor’s Run). With strong support from the City of Newcastle for the local creativ…
 
This series of mini podcasts explores the cycle from turning food waste into compost through to delicious meals on your plate. Each 15 minute episode looks at local initiatives across the Hunter. Hear from City of Newcastle Waste Education and Program Coordinator Therese Davis about council’s new subsidised Home Composting Program that will help Ne…
 
We're revisiting Newcastle's First Storytellers for NAIDOC week. This podcast series explores how Newcastle’s Aboriginal communities share and tell stories. Australia has the world’s oldest oral story telling culture and Newcastle has a rich collection of storytellers. William Smith, Wirrigan Aboriginal Elder joins the series to tell us about his m…
 
We're revisiting Newcastle's First Storytellers for NAIDOC week. This podcast series explores how Newcastle’s Aboriginal communities share and tell stories. Australia has the world’s oldest oral story telling culture and Newcastle has a rich collection of storytellers. Ray Kelly Jnr comes from a local indigenous family. The Kelly family is synonymo…
 
We're revisiting Newcastle's First Storytellers for NAIDOC week. This podcast series explores how Newcastle’s Aboriginal communities share and tell stories. Australia has the world’s oldest oral story telling culture and Newcastle has a rich collection of storytellers. Jake Ridgeway is a young indigenous singer, songwriter, performer based in Newca…
 
We're revisiting Newcastle's First Storytellers for NAIDOC week. This podcast series explores how Newcastle’s Aboriginal communities share and tell stories.Australia has the world’s oldest oral story telling culture and Newcastle has a rich collection of storytellers. John Maynard is Professor of Indigenous Education and Research (Indigenous Histor…
 
We're revisiting Newcastle's First Storytellers for NAIDOC week. This podcast series explores how Newcastle’s Aboriginal communities share and tell stories. Australia has the world’s oldest oral story telling culture and Newcastle has a rich collection of storytellers. Saretta Fielding is an artist, entrepreneur and activist. A member of the Wanaru…
 
We're revisiting Newcastle's First Storytellers for NAIDOC week. This podcast series explores how Newcastle’s Aboriginal communities share and tell stories. Australia has the world’s oldest oral story telling culture and Newcastle has a rich collection of storytellers. Donna Meehan is a local author and member of the Stolen Generation. In this podc…
 
Discover Blackbutt Reserve these school holidays and immerse yourself in nature. Occupying over 182 hectares of natural bushland, packed with winding nature trails, wildlife exhibits, playgrounds and picnic areas, Blackbutt is sure to delight whether it’s your first visit or 100th. In this episode, Blackbutt Ranger Doyle Grieve and Mini Ranger Clai…
 
If you follow Newcastle Museum’s socials, you might be familiar with the People of Museum Park series, featuring the many and varied users of Museum Park, from local skateboarders to dog walkers and out-of-towners visiting Newcastle. Joining us to shine a spotlight on these everyday Novocastrian personalities, and the hip things happening at Museum…
 
Welcome to our Love Lambton Podcast series as part of Treasures from The Rare Bookroom. In this episode we are discussing the overall history of Lambton prior to World War II with local historian and author, Julie Keating and Robert Watson. Julie has written many books on the suburbs of Newcastle and is a second-generation Lambton resident. This ch…
 
There’s a new bakery on the block! MasterChef Australia Season 10 and Season 12 contestant Reece Hignell is the “bakerpreneur” behind Cakeboi in Hamilton, already a firm fan favourite with locals and visitors as far flung as Sydney and Melbourne. In this episode, we take five with Reece about his inspiration for the business – his nan; the ingredie…
 
COVID-19 has changed the way we travel. With many of us choosing to ‘Holiday Here This Year’, tourism operators have pivoted to deal with the impacts of the pandemic and entice locals and visitors to explore their own backyards. Ben Ogden, owner of Newy Rides, which offers bike tours through Newcastle, comments on this changing landscape, while Cit…
 
Australia’s first recognised Indigenous surgeon, Associate Professor Dr Kelvin Kong, was crowned City of Newcastle’s 2021 Citizen of the Year in January. Joined by local storyteller and member of the Stolen Generation, Dr Donna Meehan, we take a deep dive on the importance of giving First Nations people a voice in our community and addressing the d…
 
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