On this week's Voice of Real Australia podcast...
A Postcard from Dimboola
Dimboola is a town on the Wimmera river in the wheat belt of western Victoria. It lies near the Little Desert National Park and is surrounded by agricultural land that produces wheat, barley and wool. It has a population of about 1700 people.
It seems like any other regional centre. But there is something about Dimboola that is drawing people from far and wide. Tree-changers are changing the face of the town and it seems to be just the beginning.
I've only sold to four locals in the last three years. The rest of them have all been mainly metropolitan Melbourne buyers
We take a tour of the town to see what makes it so attractive to locals and out-of-towners. And we meet some of Dimboola's newest residents.
Coal-Ash: Waste Product or Resource?
Residents of Lake Macquarie, south of Newcastle, are concerned about the impact nearby Eraring and Vales Point power stations are having on the lake and its ecosystem. Coal-ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power generation, is stored in large dams on the shores of Lake Macquarie.
We followed community members and environmentalists testing the water for heavy metals that can leach from the local coal-ash dams.
I would never let my grandkids swim in this lake now. We used to catch fish and crabs, and I'll never eat fish out of here again. It's heartbreaking.
We discovered there is more to coal-ash than we expected. The byproduct can be reused and Australia is far behind other countries who reuse most of their coal-ash.
The World Caught a Germ
It is hard enough for us to stay on top of the COVID-19 pandemic so you can imagine how children are struggling to understand what is going on.
A preschool teacher from Tumut in New South Wales' Riverina took it upon herself to help explain the pandemic to infants.She wrote a children's book. We get a sneak peak of the book and the story behind it.
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