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Radio WA Conversations with Barry Green

Radio WA Conversations with Barry Green

By Barry Green
Conversations with innovative Western Australians that connect the dots between, agriculture, food, the soil, human health ( physical and mental), tourism, indigenous culture and the media. This podcast draws content from Western Tourist Radio programs being broadcast on 87.6 FM in East Perth and the Coastal towns in the SW of WA "telling the stories of People and Places in Western Australia.
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Who's Minding the Farm? In this climate emergency - Partice Newell
A conversation with Partice Newell, recorded on July 2019 about her book "Who's Minding the Farm? In this climate emergency"  and the place that tourism has in reconnecting farmers and eaters. This was written before the 2019 fires and the pandemic that has demonstrated the problems of a system that has decimated regional communities to the point where we lack the people with the skill and willingness to the the required work.     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. To hear other Radio WA conversations visit Recorded 23/7/2019
September 20, 2021
Linda Bettenay - Wishes For Starlight
Linda Bettenay tells the story behind her book Wishes For Starlight,  Starlight is a mixed blood, deaf mute Aboriginal  who lived over the period 1889 - 1930s. The plight of the Aboriginal is shown through the prism of the discrimination and racism of the time; the imposition of the 1905 Aborigines Act, the establishment of Aboriginal reserves and the gradual removal of rights from Aboriginal people. Visit Linda online at For other local talent in WA visit 
September 15, 2021
Certified Organic and Biodynamic WA - David McFall & David Martin
A conversation recorded in February 2020 with David McFall & David Martin, about the organisation Certified Organic and Biodynamic WA, ( COBWA  ) created to promote such production methods in Western Australia. For more about organic food and farming in WA visit
September 12, 2021
Jodie Richards - Busselton CCI 2017
A conversation recorded with Jodie Richards in April 2017, shortly after she became CEO of the Busselton CCI . 
September 10, 2021
Busselton Jetty - Trevor Fitzgerald
Conversation recorded in February 2016 with Trevor Fitzgerald about the efforts of the Busselton community to save the Busselton Jetty after Cyclone Albany in 1978. The Busselton Jetty is now a major tourism draw card for the South West of WA and a great community asset enjoyed by the whole community.  To find out more things to do, places to eat and places to stay visit
September 9, 2021
Graeme Harvey - Seducing the Vigilante Customer
A May 2105 interview with Graham Harvey on Western Tourist Radio's Local Talent Time segment, about his book Seducing the Vigilante Customer. In his book, Graham, talks about the law of reciprocity, which he explains as the best way to get a smile is to smile at someone, and the best way to get a punch in the mouth is to punch someone in the mouth.  Western Tourist Radio programs tell stories of people and places in Western Australia with interviews with local characters. The radio service is complimented by which is an Independent Holiday Network, promoting sites of interest to people traveling in Western Australia. The website employs the concept of reciprocity, giving discounts to participating businesses that provide a reciprocal link from their website back to ours. In this way we are building networks of West Australian Business, connecting travelers with local businesses so that can book at the best price by not paying commission to third party websites. 
September 5, 2021
Johan Smit - Sarvaga Light
A conversation recorded in April 2018 with Johan Smit from Sarvaga Light provides an inspiring insight into the ideas behind his holistic coaching and well-being businesses. The world has changed since this recording, but the principals that Johan talks about are now coming into sharper focus.  The conversation includes reference to the Geographe Businesses Referral Group in Busselton. 
September 4, 2021
Pioneer Challenge - Highway 120 - Iggy Tan
Iggy Tan from the Rotary Club of Matilda Bay talks about the success of the first year of Pioneer Challenge along route 120 in Western Australia, and the appointment of Peter Kenyon as Patron. To hear more about why the challenge was created listen to the conversation we recorded last year with Chris Oakeley for the launch of the project : Radiowa – Pioneer-challenge-route-120-heritage-hunt In the conversation we talk about the Harvest Highway, or South Western Highway as a possible extension of the challenge 
August 31, 2021
Healthy Soils, Healthy Communities - Charles Massy
A Community Radio documentary I made in 2018, based on an interview with Charles Massy, Author of "Call of the Reed Warbler, a New Agriculture, a New Earth" and others involved in regenerative agriculture and public health.  In the middle of a global pandemic, when apparently healthy people are succumbing  to the disease, and others not, could it be the difference lies in the quality of the food they eat?  Food scientists have been warning for years that modern fresh foods have a fraction of the vitamins and minerals they had at the end of WW2. On top of that the processed foods bare little resemblance to what our biome's recognize as food.  To fix a problem you have to address the cause. Could it be that with our reliance in high tech solutions we have missed the root cause of the current dilemma? In an economic system driven by advertising, the commercial media has been asleep at the wheel, not questioning the products produced by their major advertisers? In 5 years time, it could be that we look back at this period of history when the pharmaceutical industry is promising "get the jab so we can get back to normal",  and find the claim as laughable as the claims of old tobacco advertising?  WA Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan has read Charles book and embraced regen ag, ad discussed in my conversation with her. Other conversations on related subjects are with Ken Bailey , Vanya Cullen , Graeme Sait , Ian & Di Haggerty  and Colin Seis
August 27, 2021
Linda Stanley - Grandy's Long Walk,
A conversation, recorded in July 2020,  with  Linda Stanley for our "Local Talent Time" segment. Linda talks about her book Grandy's Long Walk, a children's book about walking the Bibbulmun Track in Western Australia. Visit the Bibbulmun Track website To hear interviews with other West Australian, authors, poets , musicians, and other artisans visit
August 26, 2021
Nungarin Heritage Machinery and Army Museum - Gary Coumbe
Conversation recorded in July 2020, when we were on our "Wonder out Yonder", with Gary Coumbe, Chair of the Nungarin Heritage Machinery and Army Museum . We  talk about this fascinating attraction and the military and agriculture history on show in the small wheat belt town of Nungarin. For more about Nungarin visit To find out more about the attractions of the North East Wheatbelt in WA check out
August 23, 2021
Southern Forests and Valleys - Louise Stokes
A conversation recorded in July 2020 with Louise Stokes about the Southern Forests and Valleys tourism region in Western Australia The region is at the Southern end of the Harvest Highway . Visit this site to be connected with attractions and accommodation all along the highway.
August 16, 2021
The Nature Code - with Eco Psychologist, John Thompson
A conversation recorded in June 2019 with Eco Psychologist, John Thompson ( ) who practices in the Perth Hills. We are talking about the place for tourism in reconnecting people with nature, and what we can learn from indigenous Australians . We also discuss how food effects not just physical health but also mental health and the places that Western Tourist Radio’s website has to connect people to the small businesses across regional WA that provide unique experiences,
August 11, 2021
Cellar d'Or Tours - Geoff Anderson-Hord
Geoff Anderson-Hord from Cellar d'Or Tours explains the affordable, boutique winery tours in the Margaret River wine region his businesses provides . From Busselton to Margaret River, Dunsborough and Yallingup.
August 9, 2021
General John Hartley - CEO of Future Directions International
Conversation recorded in March 2020 with General John Hartley, CEO of Future Directions International (FDI ) ,an independent, not-for-profit Research Institute, about the organisation and its work. FDI was established in 2000, by Major General (Retd) the Honourable Michael Jeffery (former Governor General of Australia) and Sir Charles Court, together with a small group of leading Australians, to conduct comprehensive research of important medium to long-term issues facing Australia.
August 8, 2021
The Australian Biome - Terrence Dewar
Conversation with Terrence Dewar, the founder of the The Australian Biome , recorded in December 2019. Terrence is a man with a vision for a major new attraction for Perth. The Australian Biome Project is designed to showcase Western Australia to the world, with a focus on the extraordinary culture and history of first nation peoples. Perth orchardist Anthony Ballato is also involved in the conversation, explaining his connection to the country and how we is working with Aboriginal people. To discover more about Western Australia visit 
August 8, 2021
Malcolm Lee - Balingup Rail Group
Malcolm Lee from the Balingup Rail Group, a subcommittee of the Balingup Progress Association Inc discusses the case for the restoration of rail line from Bunbury to Bridgetown to get heavy mineral traffic of the South Western Highway / Harvest Highway  tourism drive.
August 7, 2021
Frances Pollock - Wooleen Station - A Conversation
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. You can hear David's side of the story, at :  To find other farms and stations to visit on your travels around Western Australia visit . To explore Western Australia visit 
August 5, 2021
David Pollock - Wooleen Station - A Conversation
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 hear Frances's side of the story click on Radiowa – Conversations-frances-pollock-wooleen To find other farms and stations to visit on your travels around Western Australia visit To explore Western Australia , visit 
August 5, 2021
WA Parks Foundation - The Honorable Kerry Sanderson AC
Conversation recorded in October 2016 with then  Governor of Western Australia, Her Excellency, The Honorable Kerry Sanderson AC , who has had a distinguished career in government and business, and has been a driving force behind the creation of the WA Parks Foundation Western Australian’s National Parks and nature reserves cover an area bigger than the state of Victoria. The Parks are known and loved for their spectacular scenery, diverse plant and animal life, and the unique experiences they offer. The Parks are administered by the State Government Department of Parks and Wildlife. To support them in this huge undertaking, the WA Parks Foundation has been created so that together we can make a real difference and help everyone enjoy our wonderful outdoor lifestyle and protect our parks for future generations. Checkout  to plan your WA holiday.
August 3, 2021
Friends of the Gelorup Corridor Inc Kieran Noonan
A conversation recorded in December 2020 with Kiernan Noonan from the Friends of The Gelorup Corridor Inc talk about the unique area of bush, proposed to be destroyed and the large volume of Basalt that will be lost by the Southern section of the Bunbury Outer Ring Road. In this conversation comparison is made to the save the Ningaloo Reef Campaign , which Tim Winton spoke about on our program Radio WA – Tim Winton Exmouth Gulf To hear other Conversations about Western Australia, visit
July 31, 2021
Minderoo Foundation and Ocean Conservation - Fiona David
Conversation recorded in November 2018 with Fiona David, Research Chair of Minderoo ( ), Mining Magnate, Andrews Forrest's Philanthropic foundation. We discuss his contribution to ocean research and what we can all do to help. Since then, plastic shopping bags have been banned in WA, a drink container recycling program has been established and  and there is a move to ban single use plastics in WA, so progress is being made.   Followed by a song about the oceans by West Australian Singer Songwriter Bernard Carney
July 30, 2021
Have A Go News - Jen Merigan
A conversation with Jen Merigan, editor of Have a Go News, , the" Lifestyle Paper for the Mature West Australian". We discuss how the paper if bucking the trend and increasing print runs in this its 30th year by providing content that its readers want to see. To hear conversations with other movers and shakers in Western Australia visit Recorded 26 May 2021 Have a Go News
July 29, 2021
Ken Bailey - Animal, Plant and Soil Nutritional Consultant
We talk to Ken Bailey, an Animal, Plant and Soil Nutritional Consultant about declining nutrition in our food and the importance of eating food as soon as possible after it is harvested. Ken can be contacted on 0427 166 655. Ken talks about the importance of buying food at Farmers Markets, you can find Farmers Markets in WA via We met Ken in March 2020, at an event organised by the Organic Association of WA . Western Tourist Radio has created the website to connect you with organic producers in Western Australia, as well as to sources of scientific information. 
July 28, 2021
Wadandi Fire Management - Zac Webb
A conversation with Zac Webb from the Undalup Association about Aboriginal, Wadandi Fire Management and connection to country.  To listen to our podcast with Gina Williams who released  Kalyakoorl the first CB of Noongar language songs.
July 25, 2021
Conscious Capitalism Australia
A conversation recorded in November 2016 with Fiona Brooks, the WA Community Leader of Conscious Capitalism Australia explains what Conscious Capitalism is all about. for more information go to . At Western Tourist Radio (WTR) , be believe that capitalism is a basically good system, but has corrupted by the belief that businesses exist simply to make a profit. The way it is supposed to work is that businesses provide a good product or service and as a result makes a profit. This has been corrupted by advertising that has been used to sell products that are causing all sorts of environmental and human health problems. WTR is a private businesses, based on advertising, but we only accept advertising from small local businesses doing good things in WA. We also promote community organizations like Busselton Art Society  free of charge as part of our community responsibility. To book you Busselton holiday at the best price by booking direct and not paying a commission to a foreign commission based website, visit
July 19, 2021
Quantum Education Center of WA - Eamonn Darcy
Eamonn Darcy, the founder of the Quantum Education Center of WA QUECWA ( ) talks about Quantum computing and the implications for mankind! This was recorded in December 2019. Due to Covid 19,  the world has changed since then. Is  technology going to save the world or will we have to get back to learning from mother nature to survive?  For more Radio WA conversations visit or explore this podcast. 
July 18, 2021
Henry Parks - Father of the Federation
An interview recorded in 2015 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 Oration George Megalgenis book  Australia's Second Chance
July 17, 2021
The Paperbark Wellness Project
Genevieve Morrissey the- Coordinator of The Paperbark Wellness Project talks about her work and how the projects is addressing issues of anxiety and depression within the community. Genevieve's own website is : The conversation included reference to the ABC Australian Story program about Charles Massy :…eo/NC2002Q024S00 To hear conversations with other innovative West Australians visit To find our more about Busselton, visit 
July 16, 2021
Vanya Cullen - James Halliday's Winemaker of the Year for 2020
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 Certified Organic Biodynamic WA , a new organisation to represent organic producers in WA . The conversation includes reference to a conversation we had with Vanya's mother Di in the early 2000's Westerntouristradio – Di-cullen-margaret-river-wine-story . To promote organic agriculture in WA, Western Tourist Radio / Radio WA has created the website . To hear conversations with other innovative West Australians, check out
July 16, 2021
Dr John Wamsley - A Vanishing Kind - a Conversation
A conversation with Dr John Wamsley about the story behind his book ‘A Vanishing Kind’ . The book was described by by David Higgs MBE, MSc, Director of The Environmental Press Agency as "a gripping ‘roller-coaster’ story, thorough, well-written, objective, tragic and painful in places, nevertheless told with affection and respect for a stubborn, opinionated, unapologetic, single-minded, obsessive, passionate and brilliant individual." John's book is available online at To find private and public wildlife projects to visit in Western Australia check out Dr John Wamsley #A Vanishing Kind
July 15, 2021
Nannas For Native Forests - Peta Goodwin
A conversation with Peta Goodwin, one of the founders of Nannas For Native Forests in Margaret River To find private and public wildlife projects to visit in Western Australia check out
July 13, 2021
Caitlin Lomax - a Conversation
A conversation with Caitlin Lomax recorded in Bunbury in November 2020. Caitlin talks about the challenges and opportunities for young woman in technology in Regional WA in the Covid era. 
July 13, 2021
Slow Food Swan Valley - Vincenzo Velletri
A conversation, recorded in March 2018 with Vincenzo Velletri  from Slow Food Swan Valley. We talk 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" .
July 11, 2021
Rob Skipsey - Bunbury Geographe CCI
A wide ranging conversation with Rob Skipsey, President of the Bunbury Geographe CCI about issues in the region including tourism, small businesses, indigenous culture and education of our young people. 
July 8, 2021
Colin Seis on Regenerative Agriculture
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
July 5, 2021
Tim Witton a conversation about Ningaloo Reef
A conversation with Tim Winton, recorded in October 2018.   Tim, was featured In the 30th anniversary Issue of the Weekend Australian Magazine . When asked about the most significant development in your life in the last 30 years you said.  “Between 2000 and 2003 as a reluctant activist for WA’s Ningaloo Reef, I came to see that ordinary people, properly informed and organised, could overcome the massive imbalance between the rights of the citizen and the influence of the corporate sector. In learning that, I also saw how comprehensive the power of corporations is. I was reluctant because any sensible person would be reluctant, it’s a huge investment in time, energy and emotion and there was a sense in the community that “”the fix was in””, that civil process was rigged against the ordinary person. That made me afraid for our future as a society. It became a goad. I had to ask myself, “”If not me, who? And if not now, when? I learnt there’s more than one way to be a patriot. That was my life lesson, I suppose. A patriot doesn’t need a flag and a gun to defend the country.” visit Ningaloo Reef and Exmouth Gulf for more information. 
June 29, 2021
Conversations - Ian & DI Haggerty
We talk with innovative wheat and sheep farmers Ian and Di Haggerty about "natural Intelligence" farming, and the changing food and farming landscape. Ian & Di are being recognized around the world for their work, including in this John Kempf podcast with John with Nicole Masters :    Ian & Di were also featured in my 2018 Community Radio documentary Healthy Soils Healthy Communities with Charles Massy  At Western Tourist Radio and Radio WA, we see tourism as a way to connect the dots in thinking between farmers and the wider community.  Haggerty's are supplying grain direct to Perth businesses Miller and Baker Recorded July 2020
June 28, 2021
Gina Williams - Kalyakoorl
An interview with Gina Williams recorded in 2015 for 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. Visit Gina's website Aboriginal culture and knowledge has been p[assed down for thousands of years through story and song.  Western Tourist radio and Radio WA is a story telling medium created to provide a voice for community and small businesses in Western Australia.
June 28, 2021
Major General Michael Jeffery talking about Soil
This conversation was recorded in February 2019, sadly General Jeffery passed away in December 2020. In recognition of the importance of soils to the future of this our civilization, and to remember General Jeffery's work, Radio WA will continue to include this conversation on our radio playlist. Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery the former governor of Western Australia and Governor General of Australia talks to Radio WA the organisation Soils for Life . and To hear other "stories of people and places in Western Australia" check out
June 21, 2021
David Templeman, WA Minister of Tourism
David Templeman is the Western Australian Minister for Tourism, Culture and the Arts and  Heritage. In this conversation we cover a number of issues around tourism, including the importance of authentic storytelling. As usual I manage to steer the conversation towards regenerative agriculture and Agri-tourism  and Farmstay Accommodation 
June 11, 2021
Regenerating Local Media & Future Farming Voices
Barry Green, Owner of Western Tourist Radio, presented this talk as part of the Future Farming Voices at the Donnybrook Apple Festival in 2021.…pavilion/ The Synopsis: Barry will explain the place he sees for local media as part of a diverse self-organising economic ecosystem, akin to regenerative agriculture which is about developing diverse self-organising biological ecosystems. The Healthy Soil, Healthy Community radio documentary is at :…healthy-communities and Barry's take on regen ag : Adrian William's talk about Minerals in food : Westerntouristradio – Adrian-williams-mineral-deficiencies-in-food-and-how-that-is-linked-to-agriculture Visit, @westerntouristradio or @radiowa to learn more.
June 7, 2021
Conversations with Anton Troy
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. Western Tourist Radio operates the website as part of the Harvest Highway Discovery Trail to connect travelers with the produce and attractions of the towns along the South Western Highway and byways from Armadale to Walpole. This conversation was recorded in December 2021.
May 31, 2021
Alannah MacTiernan, a Conversation about Regenerative Agriculture
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.  Watch the Minister’s introduction to Charles Massy, Author of “Call of the Reed Warbler, a New Agriculture, a New Earth” about Regenerative Agriculture -…0156235374112700 If you want to find out more please visit Agritourism Western Australia - This conversation was recorded in June 2020.
May 31, 2021
Conversations with Dick Smith
Radio WA talks to Australian entrepreneur, adventurer and philanthropist, 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.…/302491920337708 Dick Smith on the Wall of Faces in Augusta of people who have made a significant contribution to Augusta, Western Australia and Australia. (click the link to see - This conversation was recorded in September 2018 Our website has been created to connect travelers direct with local businesses where you can book direct and share the saving of not paying a commission to foreign companies.
May 24, 2021
Conversation with Graeme Sait
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 that is connection travelers direct with rural properties in WA. Graeme also makes reference to the movie Kiss the Ground
March 10, 2021