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‘Our State’ is a half-hour, weekly radio segment airing 1:30pm ACST each Monday on Adelaide's FiveAA.The program focuses on uncovering and sharing important subjects: the interesting, the significant, the future, the unknown and the things that are happening, right now, in South Australia. Each week, a wide range of guests discuss achievements, initiatives and events which highlight South Australia’s priorities.
280 Episodes
The South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) is holding its Talent Search program in the October school holidays, to identify young people with the potential to represent Australia at the 2032 Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games.Sessions will be held at SASI’s Kidman Park headquarters, the Lights Community and Sports Centre, and Sacred Heart College. A testing session specific to Paralympic athletes will also be held during the October school holidays.In this segment, we hear from manager of Sports and Programs at South Australian Sports Institute, Simon Cain and Commonwealth Games gold medalist and cycling graduate, Sophie Edwards.
Last month, Brand South Australia launched the new ‘Buy SA. For SA.’ state-wide initiative encouraging consumers to look for local products to support South Australian businesses and in turn, boost the state’s economy. South Australians spend around $10 billion in supermarkets and grocery stores each year, according to ABS data. Switching as little as five per cent of that figure towards local products would provide hundreds of millions of dollars in support for local South Australian producers.The ‘Buy SA for SA’ campaign is running across across TV, cinema, radio, outdoor, digital and press, and will be amplified in South Australian supermarkets through point of sale that helps highlight the local products on shelf. In this segment, we hear from Jessica Douglas, Manager of Brand South Australia and leads the team in celebrating all that is great in our state and helping strengthen SA’s reputation as a place to live, work, travel and invest. Franklin dos Santos, Chief Executive Officer of Foodland Supermarkets Australia and Brand South Australia Advisory Board Member. He has extensive knowledge in premium food and wine and domestic consumption of South Australian goods.
This week is Foster and Kinship Carer Week (10-16 September), which aims to celebrate the vital role that foster carers and kinship carers play in the child protection system.The Department for Child Protection and the foster care agencies it partners with, will be hosting events across the state to thank our carers for the love and care they give to children and young people.There are about 1720 kinship care families and 1010 foster care families with a placement throughout South Australia and there continues to be a need for more carers.Listeners interested in learning more about foster care can call 1300 2 FOSTER (1300 2 367 837) or visit this segment, we hear from Simone Mather, State Director of Life Without Barriers, which runs services in foster care, disability support and other areas. She has extensive experience in family support and mental health support for children and adolescents.  Deb Bills, Life Without Barriers foster carer since 2014 and is also a carer ambassador, speaking publicly about her experience in the role, and works as a Home Hub provider in Life Without Barriers’ MOCKINGBIRD FAMILY™ program.
The Agricultural Town of the Year Award proudly presented by the Government of South Australia and Solstice Media, highlights the vital role that agriculture plays in the regional landscape – being the backbone of most regional communities.Introduced as a new award in 2019, the Agricultural Town of the Year award recognises South Australian towns that are excelling in agricultural practices and the flow on effect they have on communities. The program endeavours to provide an avenue where communities can learn from one another which will play a role in building capacity and increasing growth in regional South Australia.Three finalists for the 2023 Agricultural Town of the Year have been announced, with Eudunda, Wudinna and Bordertown now vying for the coveted title. All three towns are first-time finalists in the award.In this segment, we hear from Liz Goossens, Mayor, Tatiara District Council (Bordertown), Debbie Hibbert, Deputy Mayor, Regional Council of Goyder (Eudunda) and Eleanor Scholz, Mayor, Wudinna District Council.
The Dame Roma Mitchell Trust Fund was established 20 years ago to provide assistance to children and young people who are or have been under the Guardianship of the Minister for Child Protection. It was named after our former South Australian Governor who had been instrumental in developing the original Child Protection legislation – she was committed to the safety and protection of vulnerable children and young people.Those of us who are parents know how important our support is to the children in our family. We provide love and care, and physical and financial support as they are growing up and becoming independent. This goes on when we set them up in their own homes and we continue to provide support into grandparenthood and beyond.In this segment, we hear from Nick Jenkins, who grew up in care and now sits on the board of the trust as a former recipient under 30. Bridgett Goepfert, a social worker of several-years’ experience who now sits on the board of the trust.
Oz Asia Festival is Australia’s leading contemporary arts festival engaging with Asia and is on at Adelaide Festival Centre October 19 to November 5. The 2023 Program for OzAsia Festival was launched on August 17 and tickets are now on sale with programs for people to start making plans to come along to the three-week festival, which includes both free and ticketed events.In this segment, we hear from Joon-Yee Kwok, the Executive Producer of the OzAsia Festival and with Annette Shun Wah, she works to put the program of events and artists represented at the festival together.  Joon is a Creative Producer and Arts Manager with over 20 years’ experience working in the Arts and Creative Industries. Durkhanai Ayubi, one of the Curators for the Oz Asia program, 'In Other Words'. Durkhanai is an Afghan born writer and restaurateur (Parwana Restaurant). She is a lifelong fellow of the Oxford University based Atlantic Fellowship which seeks to rewrite global social inequities 
The cultural diversity of our community makes our state a unique, vibrant place to live. It’s time to celebrate the outstanding individuals who promote and support an inclusive, harmonious multicultural South Australia. Recognise the achievements of friends, colleagues and peers by nominating now and giving them the acknowledgement they deserve!The awards are administered by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet through Multicultural Affairs. In this segment, we hear from Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC, Governor of South Australia, was born and grew up in South Australia. Madeeha Usman, who won judges praise for her concerted efforts to transform disability support for migrant communities. Originally from Pakistan, Madeeha is an active member of several multicultural associations in Australia. 
There is a lot of information out there for new parents. The first 5 years of a child’s life are critical to their health, development, learning and wellbeing. However, they are also a major learning curve for parents too. In this segment, we hear from Co-Founders and Creative Directors Department for Education, Assistant Director, Universal Service Commissioning, Office for the Early Years Division, Sonia Hilton  and Lockleys Children’s Centre Director Nadia Carruozzo  about how the newly launched 'The Early Years SA' app will provide parents and carers with the tools, information, activities and services to support their child’s health, learning, wellbeing and development. 
Less than 12 months on from the establishment of the Office for Small and Family Business (OSFB) the Department for Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS) has released South Australia’s Small Business Strategy 2023 – 2030. The Strategy’s activation is supported by an additional $6.5 million in funding over the next four years.In this segment, we hear from Kathryn Calaby, Director, Office for Small and Family Business and Kelly Kuhn, Founder of Juggle House Experiences on how the strategy has been designed to address the challenges consistently raised by the small and family business community throughout last year’s engagement.
Sleepy Adelaide winters are truly a thing of the past with Illuminate Adelaide now it's in third consecutive year. The month-long festival wraps up this week on the 30th of July.In this segment, we hear from Co-Founders and Creative Directors Rachel Azzopardi and Lee Cumberlidge on how they have curated a sensational program showcasing the very best in global and local art, light, music, and technology.
The Dog and Cat Management Board is a state government statutory body whose responsibilities include planning for, promoting and providing advice on dog and cat management practices, including responsible ownership. Each year the Board captures dog bite statistics from the state’s 69 councils and hospitals. These numbers are unfortunately on the rise. In the interest of public safety and to help people better understand dogs, the Board has developed an awareness and education campaign.In this segment, we hear from David Parkin, who was Mayor of the City of Burnside from 2010 to 2018. During that time, he was elected to the board of the Local Government Association, the LGA Executive Committee and as an LGA Vice-President. Associate Professor Susan Hazel, who is a Senior Lecturer in Animal Behaviour, Welfare & Ethics in the School of Animal & Veterinary Sciences, University of Adelaide. 
The Government of South Australia presents, The Power of Her, Creating Change for Gender Equality in Leadership. This one-day women in leadership symposium on 8 August 2023 (held at Adelaide Oval / Tarntanya Wama), is timed to coincide with this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, providing our State with a once in a generation opportunity to ensure an enduring legacy to advance gender equality.In this segment, we hear from Kylie Taylor, who was appointed as the Chief Executive of the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing in July 2018, previously the General Manager from August 2016. Prior to this appointment Kylie was the Director of Sport and Recreation Development, holding this position since August 2009. Moya Dodd AO, who is a leading lawyer, sports administrator and former vice-captain of Australia’s women’s football team, the Matildas. Having played in FIFA’s first ever women’s tournament in 1988, twenty-five years later she joined the governing body as one of the first women in its 108-year history and quickly became a driving force for improved equality and ethics within its corridors.
Libraries SA launches Firstival, a new state-wide festival. The inaugural Firstival encourages South Australians to try something new, with over 300 experiences set to be rolled out across the State’s network of over 130 public libraries. Firstival kicks off on Saturday 1 July, with a month-long calendar of unique events hosted by individual public libraries across South Australia. The festival program includes experiences for those of all ages, and runs for the month of July, which includes the school holidays, providing a huge range of activities for families this winter. In this segment, we hear from Jessica Paul, Chairperson of Libraries SA Marketing and Promotions Working Group Playford Library Service working in Libraries for 17 years. Mel Brandon, Libraries SA Marketing and Promotions Working Group Member. Charles Sturt Library working in Libraries for 16 years. 
The Australian-exclusive exhibition, Frida & Diego: Love & Revolution will open at the Art Gallery of South Australia on 24 June 2023. Featuring iconic works by two of the most influential and loved artists of the twentieth century – Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera – this exhibition will be the most comprehensive display of Mexican Modernism ever seen in Australia. In this segment we hear from Tansy Curtin, AGSA’s Curator of International Art, Pre-1980 and curator of Frida & Diego: Love & Revolution. She has previously held positions including Curatorial Manager at Bendigo Art Gallery and positions at Adelaide Central Gallery, Flinders University Museum of Art and the Samstag Museum of Art.
Sports betting is growing in popularity in South Australia. In 2018, 7% of all South Australian adults (just under 96,000 people) reported having participated in sports betting in the previous 12 months, compared to 4% in 2005.  Between 2004-05 and 2018-19, the amount lost on sports betting in South Australia increased 317%, from $1.98 million to $8.25 million. Concerningly, in South Australia 32% of sports bettors gamble at risky levels compared to 27% of poker machine players and 12% of gamblers generally.  In this segment, we hear from Rory Spreckley, Manager, Office for Problem Gambling, who has worked in the SA Government for a number of years and has a background in assisting disadvantaged and vulnerable communities. Professor Michael Baigent, Head of Flinders Psychological Therapy Services, which includes the Statewide Gambling Therapy Service, the Centre for Anxiety and Related Disorders and IAPT at Flinders Medical Centre. 
Influenza virus spreads easily and quickly between people through coughing, talking, sneezing and touching contaminated hands, tissues and other items. Flu is much more than a simple cold and vaccination every year provides the best protection and is highly recommended. Those who are pregnant and people with chronic health problems are also more at risk of complications.  Free vaccinations are available now at GPs and pharmacies for eligible groups.  You can find out more about how to Stop the Flu - this segment we hear from Professor Nicola Spurrier is the Chief Public Health Officer for SA Health.
The South Australian Premier’s NAIDOC Awards recognise the achievements of extraordinary Aboriginal South Australians who have made a significant contribution to the lives of Aboriginal people in this state.In this segment, we hear from Nerida Saunders, a proud Murri woman from the Kamilaroi  Nation. Tahlia Wanganeen, a proud Narungga, Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri woman who has been an advocate for her communities working as a lawyer and then moving onto strategic policy. Jeffery Newchurch is a Narungga / Kaurna man who was born at Point Pearce. 
National Pallative Care week is held 21 May – 27 May 2023.This year’s theme is “Matters of Life and Death" and shines a light on the people at the heart of quality palliative care – our workforce and volunteers. Palliative care is an approach to treatment that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing life-limiting illness through the prevention and relief of suffering. Pallative Care involves early identification, assessment and treatment of pain in a holistic, patient-centred way. The Statewide Palliative Care Clinical Network ( is committed to improve the quality, availability and experience of palliative care for all South Australians.In this segment, we hear from Dr Peter All­croft, a Senior Staff Specialist at Southern Adelaide Palliative Services and Kathryn Hourigan consumer advocate and community leader at the Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network (BHFLHN).
The theme for this year’s Volunteer Week (May 15-21) is “the change makers”, and is a chance to celebrate the changes that our volunteers can make in child protection – and in children’s lives.Department of Child Protection volunteers help with various tasks, including driving children to access visits with family members, and to school or medical appointments. They also help with homework support, assisting children at special events such as those organised for National Reconciliation Week and Youth Week, and helping them with their Life Story (scrap book of memories) work.There are about 180 people volunteering with the department. The youngest volunteers are in their 20s, and the oldest in their 70s, with the volunteer force collectively pitching in more than 31,000 hours a year.To become a volunteer, people must be aged 18 or over, have a driver’s licence, undergo a Working with Children Check and participate in induction and training sessions. People can register their interest in volunteering by calling 0492 000 743, or find out more information at this segment, we hear from Sue Macdonald, Executive Director Service Delivery and Practice, Department for Child Protection. 
HomeStart has recently introduced several new initiatives and changes to their home loan products to help more South Australians into home ownership. These initiatives and changes form part of the SA Government’s new housing plan – A Better Housing Future. They’re summarised on page 19 of the plan.In this segment we hear from Andrew Mills, Chief Executive, HomeStart and Andrea Heading, Chief Executive, Real Estate Institute of South Australia (REISA).
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