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If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. (JRR Tolkien) 
Western Tourist Radio (WTR) and Radio WA, have been created to "Tell the stories of people and Places in Western Australia" . It is a private company operated from Donnybrook in the South West of WA, but broadcasting on 87.6 FM in East Perth and the major coastal towns in the South West of WA. Stories below are inspired by the ABC Conversations programs.  Please  explore this website to be connected directly with tourism and food related businesses all over WA. Our businesses model is not based on high commissions, we just want to encourage you to explore regional WA and look after it for future generations to enjoy. To hear more stories from creative West Australians visit Local Talent Time . Within this website click on the Sound Cloud Logo  Cliock to listen   , to listen to the story,  or go direct to  Western Tourist Radio  or Radio WA  to listen to other stories on Sound Cloud.
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  This is a playlist of tourist radio and Donnybrook Balingup Community Radio conversations, discussing subjects that are not being discussed in the Main Stream Media.
  A conversation recorded in June 2022 with Andrew, the owner of "The Bellman Report"  and "The 8 News Show"  and Scott from Scorpion Media discussing issues around the Covid Vaccines that are not being discusses on Main Stream Media.

Other reputable sites to visit :

and my community radio conversation with Dr Judy Wilyman, author of the Book VacciNation
  Radio WA talks with the West Australian Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food , Alannah MacTiernan, about Regenerative Agriculture and the place tourism has to reconnect farmers and eaters. Click here  to watch the Minister’s introduction to Charles Massy, Author of “Call of the Reed Warbler, a New Agriculture, a New Earth” about Regenerative Agriculture 
  A conversation with Hon. David Templeman, Western Australia's Minister for Tourism; Culture and the Arts; Heritage and Leader of the House .
    A conversation with Anton Troy, President of the Save our Donnelly River Association  about the issues around the proposed Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme dam. Recorded in Donnybrook, 19 Dec 2020.
    Chris Oakeley from the, Rotary Club of Matilda Bay explains the “Pioneer Challenge”. it is a fun pioneer heritage hunt with the aim of discovering the pioneers of our state. The game is a hybrid of a clue finding treasure hunt and a car rally that encourages people to explore our regional country towns. The hunt is based on Highway 120, which runs from York to Albany along the Great Southern Railway. 
  The annual Food for Thought Festival of events will celebrate its fifth year in 2020 with the theme – courageous leadership enabling system change environments.
Events will run from 19th – 23rd March  2020 in the Great Southern region of Western Australia and will culminate with the community festival on Saturday in Albany.
By celebrating and showcasing local food in a fun and educational way, the Food For
Thought Festival promotes sustainable, healthy, vibrant and democratic food systems
in the Great Southern and supports the development and strengthening of fair food networks across Australia and internationally. Fair food systems being those that support prospering rural and ecological communities.
A thought provoking conversation with Graeme Sait from Nutri-Tech Solutions  about food, farming and the connection to human health.

Graeme was in Katanning speaking at an event organised by Certified Organic and Biodynamic Western Australia .

In the conversation we mention WTR's website www.FarmstayWest.com.au  that is connection travellers direct with rural properties in WA.

Graeme also makes reference to the movie Kiss the Ground
    David Doepel from www.demand.farm  explains the new fresh food distribution system connecting Perth families with local farmers. David is a Scientist and Theologian, bringing a unique perspective to food production and delivery.
Much of the fresh produce is sourced along the South Western Highway, or Harvest Highway  as it is becoming known. Radio WA encourages people to explore the highway and connect with the producers and attractions of the region.
    Western Tourist radio talks with Michael Smart, CEO of the Busselton Chamber of Commerce, talks about his background, what has brought him to Busselton, and his businesses philosophy.

To find our more about Busselton, visit www.touristradio.com.au/busselton
  Radio WA talks to Australian entrepreneur, adventurer and philanthropist, Dick Smith. Dick Smith  Dick provides a few points for you to ponder while you are relaxing on holiday! As Dick says, we are all part of nature. The interview was prompted by Dicks video explaining the actions of foreign booking engines.
     We talk to Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery who was born at Wiluna in the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia, and considered becoming a farmer, before embarking on a distinguished career in the Australian Army.  Subsequently he become the governor of Western Australia from 1993 to 2000 and Governor General of Australia from 2003 to 2008.
Since then Major Jeffery has created the organisation Soils For Life, which to talk about
  West Australian Author, Tim Winton  Tim Winton  talks about saving Ningaloo Reef and Exmouth Gulf for future generations to enjoy. He talks about how he "came to see that ordinary people, properly informed and organised could overcome the massive imbalance between the rights of the citizens and the influence of the corporate sector. "  Radio WA is proud to be able to help to "properly inform" the people!
   We talk to Fiona David, Research Chair   of  the  Minderoo Foundation , Mining Magnate, Andrews Forrest's Philanthropic foundation. We discuss his contribution to ocean research and what we can all do to help.
Healthy Soils Healthy Communities In Healthy Soils, Healthy Communities Barry Green talks to Charles Massy, the author of "Call of the Reed Warbler, a New Agriculture, a New Earth" about regenerative and how it is rebuilding the health of the soil, people and rural communities.
Produced by Barry Green of Donnybrook Community Radio  as part of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia's , National Features and Documentary Series  Supervising production by Ian Hill. 
  Radio WA talks to the winner of James Halliday's Winemaker of the Year for 2020, Vanya Cullen from Cullen Wines  about organic and biodynamic farming systems.

The conversation includes reference to a conversation we had with Vanya's mother Di in the early 2000's https://soundcloud.com/westerntouristradio/di-cullen-margaret-river-wine-story
  We talk to General John Hartley, CEO of Future Directions International (FDI ) an independent, not-for-profit Research Institute based in Perth,  about the organisation and its work. FDI was established in 2000, by Major General (Retd) the Honourable Michael Jeffery (former Governor General of Australia) together with a small group of leading Australians, to conduct comprehensive research of important medium to long-term issues facing Australia.
  A conversation with David Pollock from Wooleen Station  about the journey he and wife Frances have been on to regenerate the landscape on their 153,000 Hectare station.

To find other farms and stations to visit on your travels around Western Australia visit FarmstayWest
    Frances Pollock tells the story of how she came to Wooleen station  in the Murchison region of Western Australia, and the journey she and husband David have been on to restore the landscape for all Australians.

To find other farms and stations to visit on your travels around Western Australia visit FarmstayWest
      We talk to Partice Newell about her book Who's Minding the Farm? In this climate emergency and the place that tourism has in reconnecting farmers and eaters.
In an era of rapid climate change, this vital account of how agriculture can address major issues is an Australian story with global ramifications. Patrice is at the frontline of enormous challenges, from water scarcity and land stewardship to food security and the rural-urban divide. The devastation of drought and the crises created by industrial-scale chemically-dependent primary production are discussed and alternatives proposed – along with bold ideas for new sources of energy.
  Colin Seis from Winona near Gulgong in New South Wales, talks about Regenerative Agriculture and how it is repairing farmland and producing more nutritious food. Colin is featured in Charles Massy's book "Call of the Reed Warbler, a New Agriculture, a New Earth". to hear more about his book and regenerative agriculture listen to this documentary
  click to listen Terrence Dewar, the founder of the Australian Biome Project  explains the vision for the project, along with Perth orchardist Anthony Ballato .
    We talk with innovative wheat and sheep farmers Ian and Di Haggerty about "natural Intelligence" farming, and the changing food and farming landscape. Haggerty's are supplying grain direct to Perth businesses Miller and Baker
   click to listen Eamonn Darcy, the founder of the Quantum Education Center of WA QUECWA   talks about Quantum computing and the implications for mankind.
    An interview with Gina Williams on our Local Talent Time segment, about her story and the CD, Kalyakoorl (which means Forever). This album is a glorious journey into the incredibly rare and beautiful Noongar language. Kalyakoorl is brimming with evocative, beautifully crafted songs and showcases the jaw dropping combination of Guy’s guitar mastery and Gina’s incredible voice. Aboriginal Culture and knowledge has been passed down through storytelling, we like to think that our radio format is able to pass down current knowledge through story telling by local people.
       We talk with Annette Stanton, Master Coach, Speaker and Author. Annette uses her winning sporting strategies, techniques and formulas gained from being a champion athlete to coach people today in a personal or business capacity. This conversation was recorded in April 2020, during the COVID 19 Pandemic. It providing some thought provoking ideas for people reflecting on their future direction.
   click to listen Ken Bailey,  a Plant Animal and Soil Nutritional Consultant, talks about the latest science on food nutrition and how you can find thebest food.
   click to listen Iain Massey, CEO of South West Leaders (https://www.sw.waleaders.com.au/ ) explains the organisation and the importance of local businesses.
  Click to listenWe talk to Diane Evers, Member for the South West in the Upper House of State Parliament in Western Australia, about the attraction and producers in the South West of Western Australia. We discuss the Harvest Highway  and how it is connecting people from Perth with food producers in the South West.
    Troy Bottegal, the inventor of Airwave  explains the inspiration for his surf break system to be installed in Bunbury in November 2019 .
 For more about Bunbury visit www.touristradio.com.au/bunbury  .
  Pink up our Region     relies on a volunteer committee to form and “Pink up “our entire town and region. This means planning a calendar of fundraising events. From local businesses to schools and community organisations, this activity has the ability to bring the whole community together. We talk to Commitee Chair – Debbie Noonan and Committee Co-Chair – Karen Crutchlow .
  Glenn Hutchinson grew up on a dairy Farm at Burekup near Bunbury, before becoming a bankers and bank manager in the days when banks were respected institutions. He subsequently became involved in a number of small business in regional WA. Concern at how small businesses is treated by the major political parties has led Glenn Hutchinson to nominate for the Senate at the upcoming Federal election. Glenn talks about his reason for standing and the challenges of small businesses in Australia   .https://gohutchy.com/
  Kacey Grieves a Natural Medicine Practitioner talks with Barry Green about Natural Medicine and Natural Farming. The conversation was recorded at Barry's organic "Boronia Farm" at Donnybrook
  Click to listen  Niomi O'Hara the Executive Officer of Creative Corner explains what her organisation does 
     Click to listen Ron Watkins has been farming organically at Franklin for 46 years, and has been awarded international awards for his work. In this story, Ron talks about his farming philosophy, what he has learnt and his achievements. Visit his farm website www.paynehamvale.com.au/ . Western Tourist Radio is proud to be able to promote organic food and farming in Western Australia through www.organicfoodwa.net.au
    Click to listen Ron Watkins an organic farmer from Frankland River in Western Australia was interviewed as part of Community Broadcast Association of Australia's, National Features and Documentary Series titled Healthy Soils, Healthy Communities. 

Ron explains the process of innovation. Ron's farm is Paynehamvale.
  Justin O’Hehir is the founder of Inspired Results,   a business that delivers change in individuals and groups both personally and professionally. Justin had a humble and at times turbulent upbringing. A family life which saw him care for a schizophrenic mother through his teens, and work through the challenges of a father who flouted the law. Coupled with the challenges of an education system that was not suited to his dynamic outlook on life, most around him that thought that Justin was not destined for much at all.
  David Kerr CEO of the Dolphin Discovery Centre and  and Don Punch,    state Member for Bunbury   , talking about the Dolphin Discovery Centre  in Bunbury
  Don Punch, Member for Bunbury and David Kerr the President of the Bunbury Geographe Chamber of Commerce and Industry    talking about the website  BunburyCentral.com.au and how it is promoting the attractions of the city to locals and visitors.
  We talk to Andrew Frazer, the man behind "Rediscover Bunbury" and the website SixTwoThreeZero. which is an independent, Bunbury based initiative that seeks to use street art as a catalyst for urban development & social change by bringing communities together in conversation & creative inspiration.
  An interview with Heather Jones talking about Girls in Trucking in WA   which support women in the transport industry. We talk about how how motorists and trucks can work together safety on our Highways. To help you plan your WA holiday, check out www.touristradio.com.au  which will link you with many of the places and businesses that will help you make the best of your WA Holiday as well as tell the stories of other West Australians .
  A conversation with Debbie Noonan, spokesperson for  the Registered Accommodation Providers of Margaret River Region    , about the effect of so called accommodation sharing websites.
  WTR owner Barry Green talks to  Niomi O'Hara from ABC South West   about radio as a communication tool, and how Radio WA is telling the stories of People and Places in Western Australia  on 87.6 FM in the center of Perth and online via Sound Cloud
  Dr. Sina McCullough from Hands off My Food and Barry Green discuss how the media has changed our perception of food, leading us down the path towards disease and pharmaceuticals, and what we can do about it.
Barry Green has worked in media, both radio and television, for over 30 years. He is currently the Managing Director at Western Tourist Radio in Australia.
  SmartSoil video with Barry Green, owner of Western Tourist Radio,  talking about Regenerative Agriculture.
  Nicole Masters from Integrity Soils    recently visited Landsave Organics  at Vasse near Busselton and spoke to farmers and people involved in looking after public lands about soil biology and how to produce the best outcomes with minimum input costs.
Western Tourist Radio promotes healthy farming practice through  organicfoodwa.net.au .
Retail Co Bunbury A Facebook video interview with Cheryl Kozisek about the launch of our walking Map for Bunbury.  Make sure you pick one up! This showcases all of our fantastic locally owned business Many thanks to Barry Green from Western Tourist Radio and Michael from 6 Seed.
  We talk to Dr Sarah Moore about the Holistic Health Practitioner Network , in Busselton, Western Australia .

The HHPN is a not-for-profit incorporated organisation consisting of members from a range of different practitioner modalities based in the South West of Western Australia.
  An interview with Peter Strachan,  a scientist and businesses annalist, about economic and environmental sustainability and how tourism has a place to play in raising awareness of these issues. Peter is a member of www.sustainableaustralia.org.au  .

To hear the full version of the interview go to Radiowa – Peter-strachan-sustainable-australia-full-version
  Vincenzo Velletri      from Slow Food Swan Valley  talks about the slow food movement and what is happening in the Swan Valley. We also talk about Regenerative agriculture and Charles Massy's book "Call of the Reed Warbler, a New Agriculture, a New Earth"  
  Johan Smit from Sarvaga Light    provides an inspiring insight into the ideas behind his holistic coaching and well-being businesses.
  Radio WA / WTR has become an Early Adopter of Conscious Capitalism Australia, to hear more about it click on the Sound Cloud logo  Concoious Capatilism Australia
  The Busselton Chamber of Commerce & Industry click to listen  was formed in December 1937 and today is a pro-active, ethical, dynamic and highly visible organisation dedicated to supporting local businesses and working with the whole community to develop the economic growth in our fast growing region.  CEO Jodie Richards talks to WTR about her vision for the future of businesses in the region.
  Geographe Businesses Referral Group  click to listen WTR talked with the Ian Massy, the  Convenor of GBRG, in 2016 about the group.  Our mission is to encourage entrepreneurial business people in our group to share qualified business referrals. We maintain a standard of high integrity, trust & professionalism whilst having a good time together.
  Wellness Unwrapped  Click to listen  What a journey health and wellness can be! A serious health crisis faced by both Karen and Nina led them to understand SO much more about the importance of how we take part in our own lives.
  Upland Consulting    click to listen   Is your board as effective as it should be? Is it really clear about its role? Or does it flounder, get lost down in the weeds, waste time second-guessing management, bog down in unproductive conflict?    I'm Iain Massey - The Board Bloke ™. I help boards of directors work better. I help companies (nonprofits, too) that need more from their board. And I help small businesses get the benefits of good board work without the costs.
  This interview was recorded in 2017 with the now former Governor of Western Australia, Her Excellency, The Honorable Kerry Sanderson AC the patron of the WA Parks Foundation  . The Foundation has been created  to support the government in the huge undertaking of looking after National Parks and nature reserves that cover an area bigger than the state of Victoria.
  An interview with Jane Reynolds, a director of Foundation 1901 talking about the Australian federation and the place that Henry Parks had to play.
Foundation 1901 is an organisation dedicated to celebrating the past, present and future of Australia’s Federation, promoting awareness and understanding of its ongoing importance to us all.

links related to this story are:
The Book Sir Henry Parks : The Australian Colossus
The Tenterfield Ooration
George Megalgenis book  Australia's Second Chance
  Colin Beauchamp AM  JP     talks about the Lions Cancer Institute and the Lions organisation as a whole, which is celebrating 100 years in 2017. To find out more about Lions in WA  . If you are planning to holiday in WA check out www.radiowa.com.au  to find links direct to local businesses all over this great state.
  The Museum of Perth   click to listen   chronicles the social, cultural, political and architectural history of Perth
  click to listen  An interview with Liz Carey from the RAC about the RAC Electric Highway  that connects Perth with the South West. The RAC Electric Highway extends south of Bunbury along the Harvest Highway  .