Choosing regenerative farming over conventional farming
Meet the farmer who’s going against the grain. Charlie Arnott realised the lifetime of conventional farming practises instilled in him no longer matched his values. How could he produce clean, nutritionally dense produce while using chemicals? Charlie is a passionate advocator for regenerative farming, a style of farming which works with nature – not against it.
The first Australian team to win the Spaceport America Cup
Matthew D’Souza was the Avionics Engineer on Australia’s first team to compete in the Spaceport America Cup. Not only did they compete in the biggest category, but the team won with the highest points total in the history of the competition.
Focusing on soft skills in education
Meet the teacher who’s digging deeper than the ATAR. Christine Huynh, a Year 12 English and Drama teacher at Liverpool Boys High School, doesn’t believe one mark should sum up a student. So, she developed a unique skills profile assessment which looks at soft skills like communication and creativity. She wants this assessment to be looked at by Universities, alongside a student's ATAR.
Budgy Smugglers over boardshorts
Meet the man producing tight, fluro swimwear for a living. Adam Linforth’s dreams of being a professional athlete were shattered after he realised he lacked coordination, strength and athletic ability. The basics really. So he went to Plan B: budgy smugglers. Adam is one of the business owners of Australia’s brightest swimwear brand Budgy Smugglers. Loved by ladies and larrikins all over the world.
Rugby League player Josh Mansour
Meet the rugby league player who’s living his dream. Josh Mansour’s family migrated to Australia for a better life. Growing up in Western Sydney, Josh looked up to former rugby league star Hazem El Masri - a Bulldogs cult hero who pioneered the way for young Lebanese men in rugby league. Today, Josh feels like rugby league plays an important role in helping some young migrant men and women forge community connections and find a sense of belonging.
Saving our oceans from plastic pollution
Meet the Aussie who’s cleaning up our oceans, one piece of plastic at a time. Surf Ironwoman Lizzie Welborn was devastated to hear 8 million tonnes of plastic enters the ocean every year*. Plastic doesn’t ever completely break down. Over time it becomes smaller and smaller, creating microplastics and nanoplastics which can eventually enter our bodies. Lizzie believes Australians can be part of the solution by taking 3 for the sea. Every time you leave the beach, take 3 pieces of rubbish with you. If you’d like to read more about plastic pollution in Australia head to take3.org. *Source: Take 3.
Celebrating the local surf club
Meet the man who’s giving back to his community. Peter Carter admits that as a teenager, he wasn’t in a good place. The Avalon Surf Life Saving Club became Peter’s second home. Getting fit and strong from surf boat rowing, and the discipline from training changed Peter forever. 30 years on, Peter now coaches surf boat rowing and mentors young people at this very same club.
Supporting Aussie Artists
Meet the Flight Facilities musician who’s cheering for Aussies on the main stage. Hugo Gruzman, best known as one half of DJ group Flight Facilities, isn’t just a musician. He’s an artist too. But his confidence with painting didn’t come easily. Getting into music actually felt less daunting, because he had nothing to lose. Hugo is a huge advocate for the Australian arts and music scene and believes Australia is an awesome place to work on your craft.
Becoming an Australian citizen
Meet Juliana, a proud new Australian citizen. What was meant to be a six month trip to Australia turned into an 11 year stay. Juliana fell in love with Australia instantly: our straightforward nature, practicality, honesty and openness. The Australian way. It’s here that Juliana has finally been able to start her own psychology business. A dream come true. We welcome her as a new Australian citizen.
The future of Australian tourism
Meet the Aussie who swapped the city life for a sea-change. After decades of running bars in Sydney, Simon Mercier opted for a sea-change and headed south to Jervis Bay. He decided bringing up his daughter in the city wasn’t really his thing. Since then he’s started his own gelato & coffee business in Huskisson. With international borders closed, he’s now encouraging Australians to support local and explore their own backyard.
Dr Kerry Chant leading NSW’s COVID-19 response
Meet Kerry, also known as Dr Kerry Chant. Dr Chant and her team have been leading the state’s response to COVID-19. As NSW’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Chant’s days are long, her decisions are critical and her leadership is imperative to the success of NSW’s COVID-19 response. But who is the woman behind the media briefings and press conferences? Watch as Dr Chant shares a day in her life and how she became one of Australia’s most recognised leaders.
Saving our seahorse
Meet the scientist who’s saving the Sydney seahorse. David Harasti saw his first seahorse in 1996, while he was diving in Nelson Bay. The Whites Seahorse (a seahorse endemic to the east coast of Australia) has sadly become endangered. Their seagrass home is declining at a rapid rate. David came up with the idea of creating ‘Seahorse Hotels’ - temporary underwater homes for these little guys to live in while their habitat restores. The idea has been hugely successful, so successful in fact that it’s been rolled out in five different countries. If you’d like to learn more about the Seahorse Hotel initiative, head to SeaBnB.com.au