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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.
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The State Government’s recently released Arts and Culture Plan South Australia 2019-2024 includes six goals to promote the role of arts and culture in the lives of South Australians.The Arts Plan sets out the Vision: To Dream. To Explore. To Create. Leading to new pathways and horizons with arts and culture as central to the success of South Australia and the Mission: To guide the growth of and investment in the State’s leadership in the arts and cultural sector. Two organisations which contribute to the arts and culture sector in South Australia are the OzAsia Festival and Carclew.The 13th annual OzAsia Festival begins this week and will feature 850 artists from more than 20 countries in an engaging line-up of boundary-pushing works across everything from music, theatre and dance to film, literature and visual art.   Carclew - which won the 2018 Ruby Award for Best Work, Event or Project for Young People - is the largest youth arts organisation in South Australia. It brings the very best of multi-art programming to children, teenagers and emerging artists across the state, especially those with the least access.Hear more about the plan from the Director of Arts South Australia Jennifer Layther who joins OzAsia Festival Artistic Director Joseph Mitchell and Carclew Chief Executive Tricia Walton for a discussion on SA’s exciting arts and culture sector.
South Australia’s inaugural Space Week - held from 27 September to 3 October 2019 - brings together a diverse range of people in the space sector, including industry leaders, researchers, scientists, teachers and students across a series of events.The 8th Space Forum, held on Monday 30 September, is the centrepiece of Space Week and, for the first time, was held jointly with 19th Australia Space Research Conference. The forum featured a full day of presentations and expert panels, with a focus on stimulating ideas, sharing information about emerging technologies and discussing industry trends. It included the largest exhibition area, featuring 35 companies, organisations and education institutions. Students had the chance to learn about current and future careers within the space industry during Space Passport sessions.       At the forum Premier Steven Marshall announced that a leading US-based satellite company, Tyvak, will establish a satellite manufacturing facility in South Australia.Hear South Australian Space Industry Centre Chief Executive, Richard Price, Tyvak Chief Operating Officer, Marco Villa and Fleet Space Technologies Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Flavia Tata Nardini explain more about Space Week and why space is so important to South Australia. 
The cyber security sector is growing at a rapid rate and the need for a skilled workforce ready to take on these jobs is ever increasing, with an already astonishing global skill shortage – by 2026, Australia will need an additional 18,000 cyber security workers to meet demand. In South Australia, there is a need for cyber-trained workers for major defence projects, as well as the economy more broadly.Hear SA AustCyber Node Acting Manager Paula Oliver and Heathfield High Principal Roy Page explain an exciting new program designed to help address this demand: the Schools Cyber Security Challenges.  The challenges have been developed by the Australian Computing Academy at the University of Sydney, in partnership with AustCyber, ANZ, British Telecom, Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank, and Westpac. 
TAFE SA Chief Executive David Coltman was joined by two TAFE SA award recipients from the recent South Australian Training Awards - VET Teacher of the Year Gina Dal Santo and Trainee of the Year Sarah Mills. The trio spoke about the features of vocational education and training, some of the latest activity happening at TAFE SA and how training is being delivered to support jobs of the future.
The South Australian Tourism Plan 2020 was published in 2014 after extensive consultation with over 400 members of the tourism industry. At the time the South Australian Visitor Economy was worth $5.1 billion, and the plan set an ambitious target of reaching $8.0 billion by December 2020.Since then, growth has been substantial. Latest visitor results show the visitor economy is now worth $7.2 billion, on track to achieve the $8.0 billion target.With 2020 fast approaching, the Tourism Commission has worked with industry and the broader community to prepare the next South Australian Tourism Plan. This will set the vision for the South Australian visitor economy through to the year 2030.On this week’s episode of Our State Rodney Harrex, Chief Executive of the South Australian Tourism Commission and Brent Hill, Executive Director Marketing at the South Australian Tourism Commission give listeners a preview of what tourism will look like by 2030 and what strategic priorities the Commission has identified to drive growth in the sector over the next decade.To download the South Australian Visitor Economy Sector Plan 2030 visit: https://tourism.sa.gov.au/research-and-statistics/strategies/tourism-plan-2030 
Foster and Kinship Carers Week (8-14 September) is an important opportunity for us to thank and appreciate the efforts of those who have shown such kindness and generosity in opening their hearts and homes to children and young people in need. Caring for children and young people who have experienced hardship and neglect can be challenging, however there are rewards that come with watching those children thrive in a loving and supportive home. On this week’s episode of Our State Sue Macdonald, Director, Executive Services, Department for Child Protection, Fiona Endacott, Chief Executive, Connecting Foster and Kinship Carers and Kathy Tapley, Kinship Carer tell listeners about the importance of Foster and Kinship Carers Week and the vital role that foster carers and kinship carers play in providing safe, stable and nurturing environments for vulnerable children and young people.  
Lot Fourteen - a seven-hectare neighbourhood in the heart of Adelaide - is bringing together people from everywhere to share spaces, experiences and most of all ideas across innovation, research, art and culture.On this week’s Our State episode South Australia’s Chief Entrepreneur, Jim Whalley, CEO of Presagen and Life Whisperer, Michelle Perugini and Managing Director of Stone and Chalk, Chris Kirk provide listeners with an update on what has been happening at Lot Fourteen. 
The increase in the number of deaths on our roads so far this year is a concern to police, government and the community. On this week’s Our State episode Inspector Cindy Healey, Officer in Charge, Traffic Support Branch Operations, South Australian Police and Senior Sergeant Susan O’Conner, Officer in Charge, Road Safety Section, South Australian Police provide listeners with an update on the latest road safety campaign - Operation High Impact Fatal Five.
National Science Week (10-18 August) is made up of hundreds of local events, celebrating the impact science has on our everyday lives and telling the stories of science.On Friday 9 August, the SA Science Excellence Awards were held featuring guest speaker Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.At the event, South Australia’s Scientist of the Year was named – Professor Jozef Gecz from the University of Adelaide, along with the STEM Educator of the Year Anthea Ponte from Hawthorndene Primary School.On this week’s Our State listeners hear from Chief Scientist for South Australia Professor Caroline McMillen, Scientist of the Year Professor Jozef Gecz and STEM Educator of the Year Anthea Ponte.
South Australia has just launched its first locally made smoking cessation advertisements in two decades. For a number of years, the campaign has used interstate and overseas advertisements rebranded for the South Australian audience.While this approach has been very successful, the pool of suitable new advertisements to choose from has declined in recent years. Rather than repeating advertisements that have aired in South Australia for many years two new advertisements have been developed by SA Health for a South Australian audience. On this week’s Our State Dr Clinton Cenko, Manager, Tobacco Control Unit, Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia, Kirsty Mudge, Senior Project Officer, Tobacco Control Unit, Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia and Alana Sparrow, General Manager, Services, Research and Public Policy, Cancer Council SA tell listeners about the new campaign. 
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