Host: Miss Jodie
Location: Northern Territory
Hi, I’m Jo,
I don’t own cattle and I don’t work on a station.
I do however, work in the northern beef industry, visit stations regularly for work purposes and am married to an amazing bloke who happens to be a chopper pilot.
We have five fur-kids: three dogs and two horses, Billie, Reidy, Pudgy, Danny and O, and given a chance, I will tell you all about them. They are beautiful creatures who capture my heart on a daily basis.
I guess I feel like I don’t qualify to host Central Station for a week due to the no cow/not working on a station thing, but I am hoping that you will enjoy my blogs anyways.
Before my current job, I worked on stations in Queensland and the Northern Territory and one of the things that I love the most about this industry are the people in it. The strong majority are good hearted people who would give you the shirt off their back if you needed it. And this unintentionally, has been the basis of my blogs – to try to help people in the industry or joining the industry. The first blog “Wonder Woman – the power of posing” is about a gem of wisdom told to me by a mentor a few years ago. “Tips for station newbies” came about in quite a spectacular fashion – I messaged a few friends who have been on stations and been managing stations for decades and asked them “What bits of information do you think first year jacks and jills should know before they come north?” and the response I got back was overwhelming! Turns out there are a tonne of things! So I have included the exact words from each of these long term beef industry peeps so you can read it straight from the horses’ mouth so to speak!
I was inspired by my husband for the third blog – he’s a top bloke who works hard to achieve his goals. Whether the goal is to buy an investment property when we had little income but the housing market was ideal, or, obtaining his chopper pilot’s licence when he’d been told at school that he’d never get anywhere in life because at the time reading and writing weren’t his strengths at the time.
The fourth blog is a little personal… The Black Dog has affected me and many around me, and talking about it is difficult, even now, but I hope that maybe by sharing my story, someone else may seek help.
But that is about all you will hear from me. Please don’t be shy in commenting and interacting with me, I look forward to sharing some thoughts with you and hearing what you think, so please make all the comments you would like.
Until then, be safe xo
Since she was knee-high to a grasshopper, Tylah Bonisch knew she wanted to work with cattle and horses. She didn’t travel to the north for a gap year, but to start her career in the pastoral industry. In this episode Tylah and I speak about her time in the industry so far, and how she […]
Most stations have a plane or a helicopter, and at some point you’re going to get offered a flight. Here’s how to totally ruin your chances of ever having a second go. 6am and we’re just pulling up to the airstrip – a wide gravel road a short way from the homestead. Inside the old […]
Jess Di Pasquale is a born and bred Territory girl. Even though her childhood was colored with living on and visiting cattle stations, she went on the excel in the English equine discipline of Mounted Games, competing overseas 3 times while Representing Australia. In this episode, Jess shares her latests plans to compete in the […]
Let’s be honest, we love to judge. It’s second nature to take someone at face value and make assumptions about them. In social science, this phenomenon is called schema are mental structures that an individual uses to organize knowledge and guide cognitive processes and behaviour. So what that means, is that we use Schema to categorize objects and […]
Written by Sarah Johnson It started off as a distant dream back when I was in high school. You know.. the good old year 10 subject “careers”, when it’s that dreaded time where you’re almost an adult and have to start making career choices. Everyone else was expressing that they wanted to become lawyers, engineers, […]
Luke Hayes was born a 6th generation pastoralist on Deep Well Station in Central Australia. You’d be forgiven if you assumed that Luke was planning to continue in the same line of work as the previous 5 generations of his family – it just makes sense, right? However, that is not Luke’s story. As a […]
Written by James Christian There’s nothing more satisfying than having a property owner leave you in charge for a bit while they take off on holiday, and when they return you can honestly report that nothing is broken or lost, and that the livestock are healthy and fat, the dams are full and the grass […]
Tanya was raised on a cattle station north of Alice Springs during the 1960s and 1970s. The stories from her childhood sound like something out of book – too wild and wonderful to be true. As it turns out – they are so extraordinary Tanya has published them into a memoir called An Alice Girl, […]
When is it too early to ask your new boss about the existence of aliens? Day two, probably. So we’re out on a windmill run. The station owner might need a hand pulling a windmill (or is it pulling a bore? Not sure….) As he climbs the precarious ladder up the side of this rusty […]
An Alice Girl is Tanya Heaslip’s extraordinary story of growing up in the late 1960s and early 70s on a vast and isolated outback cattle property just north of Alice Springs. Tanya’s parents, Janice and Grant ‘the Boss’, were pioneers. They developed the cattle station where water was scarce, where all power was dependent on […]
A copy by memory of poems by W. DeBeuzeville, who worked for Berte Wilkinson at Yallowin (a stock dealer in the years 1905, 1906, and 1907, before the days of motor cars). When the boss bought home a wife Yes, he’s married is the old boss now, And leads a quiet life A sitting round […]
Welcome to the final Central Station podcast for 2020! As per usual, you’re listening to me, Steph Coombes, who is the host of this podcast and who also manages all of the Central Station platforms. Today’s episode has been inspired by Lucy Daley, who featured on Episode 52. When asked what message would she put […]
Written by Lara Jensen, Wondinong Station I answered the knock at the door the night my brother and his two friends were killed. It was just before midnight when two local police officers arrived at our Murchison homestead. Shearing was due to start the following day. Around our kitchen table, we learnt that three beautiful […]
Host: Lisa Wood Company: PT. Agro Giri Perkasa (AGP) Business: Importer of Cattle to Indonesia Location: Indonesia My Role: Traceability Manager Short bit about myself: I came to Indonesia as a traceability officer on a steel fabrication project for a WA mining project. While I was working on this project The Ban occurred. I remember […]
Location: Hodgson River Station, NT Website: Cattle Producer Hello Central station readers, I’m located in the NT with my husband and 2 children. We operate a small cattle property in the Roper Gulf breeding Droughtmasters. Our main turnoff is to the live cattle export trade, particularly Indonesia but also the countries that take heavier […]
Host: Katherine Outback Experience, Riverboyne Horsebreaking & Training Manager/ owner: Tom Curtain Region: Katherine, Northern Territory Nearest town for shopping: Katherine – 6km Nearest roadhouse: Katherine Number of Cattle: 1 Brahman steer, his name is ‘Tin Shaker’! Number of Staff: 2 Size of Property: 20 acres How often and how the mail is delivered: Mail is […]
Host: Helen Springs Station Managers/ Owners: Helen Springs Station is owned by S. Kidman and Co Ltd and is managed by Chris Towne, along with his wife Sally Towne. Brunchilly, the outstation to Helen Springs, is managed by Luke Giblin. Region: Helen Springs and Brunchilly are situated in the Barkly Tablelands in the Northern Territory. Nearest town […]
Station Name: Undoolya Station Owners/Manager: Ben and Nicole Hayes Region: Alice Springs, Northern Territory Nearest town for shopping, doctors etc: Alice Springs, 30km Nearest Roadhouse:Alice Springs, 30km Number of Cattle: 5000 Breeders Number of Staff: Size of Station: How often and how is the mail delivered: How often and how the stores shopping is done:
Location: QLD/ NT Border Let me first introduce myself- I’m Jodie and together with my husband Dusty and three daughters Willow (1 year old), Jaz (2.5 years old) and Emily (15 years old) we manage Manners Creek Station- a cattle station on the QLD/NT border. Manners Creek is just under two millions acres in size […]