What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Australia’s country towns?
You know those places most of us drive through or the dots on the map we might stop at for a meat pie or to use the bathroom on the way to a bigger city.
Well, after listening to this new podcast series you’ll never drive down the main street of a tiny town again without wondering what really happens beyond the local cafe and paddocks.
“The series isn’t just about the place – it’s also about the wonderful, intriguing, diverse and super fun people who live there,” Ali Smith told 7NEWS.com.au
“We can’t wait to introduce you to the lovable locals, many of them are our mates, and share their resilient, entertaining, and inspiring stories.”
One those locals is popular Narrabri vet Michael Read who told the podcast, “I’ve never seen an impact on the town of Narrabri and Wee Waa like the drought caused. What I did love though was when it rained and things turned green, how quickly people bounced back – the resilience. Maybe it’s an Australian thing, maybe it’s a country thing. But I just love that resilience. And obviously, that’s what we’re all riding that wave now. Let’s hope we can keep riding it for a little bit longer.”
While the drought has certainly shifted the DNA in much of rural Australia this series also focuses on the lighter side of bush life, including a nudist retreat.
“They were incredibly welcoming and respectful of the fact that not everyone is comfortable being nude but were open in explaining their journey, which happened in stages, to become nudists and they also had a pretty powerful message about body image being a ‘clothed-persons problem,” Ali says.
Ali’s day job is as a journalist with the local paper and Katie is a graphic designer, content creator, and mother-of-three.
The pair teamed up to produce this podcast after attending an event in Orange called The Huddle where successful businesswomen shared tips and inspiration.
The ultimate aim of the series is to highlight the locals and to encourage city folk to #stayinthebush.
You can listen to the podcast here.