Daily Archives: October 21, 2011

Backwater Blues and Roots Festival

Are you a lover of blues and roots music? Well if so, you have ten whole days to revel in the cool sounds of dozens of talented local, national and international acts.

Backwater Blues and Roots Festival starts tonight and will be spread out amongst venues from Adelaide to Whyalla, McLaren Vale, Auburn and Willunga.

Amongst the gigs, there’ll be a King Billy Blues Guitar Battle, The Juke Joint, a big-billing blues event, and a slide-guitar workshop and performance by Brendan Gallaggher and prominent SA guitarists Chris Finnen, Jesse Deane-Freeman and Cal Williams Junior.

Cal Williams Junior is no stranger to the music scene. He’s three time winner of ‘The South Australian Songwriter of the Year’ award and Bank’s Music ‘Best New Music U.K.’ award winner and he’s played at a huge array of local and international festivals.

We were lucky enough to have him on the program – and he was even so kind as to play us a track from his new album ‘King Billy’.

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Produced by Jennie Lenman.

Can you afford to live in Adelaide?

Adelaide is now the 46th most expensive city to live, according to a brand new report, titled State of Australian Cities 2011. That’s right – We’ve jumped a whopping 44 places on the global cost of living index.

So how did this happen?

We asked Head of Commerce at Adelaide Uni, Associate Professor Barry Burgan.

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Produced  by Jennie Lenman.

Is the food industry to blame for the obesity epidemic?

Did you know that ONE in FOUR Australian children is overweight or obese? And these rates are predicted to rise in the future.

Increased excess body weight is also linked to cancers of the bowel, kidney and pancreas, just to name a few.

To combat this increase in obesity, SA’s Health Minister John Hill suggests the food industry must embrace voluntary health reforms. In fact, he is hosting a food industry reform summit early next year.

Cancer Council SA also supports this reform, suggesting the fast food industry is a significant contributor to the obesity epidemic.

To talk more about the issue, we were joined by Professor Brenda Wilson, Chief Executive of Cancer Council SA.

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If you’d like any further information about obesity, head to http://www.cancercouncilsa.org.au/aspx/home.aspx or call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20.

Produced by Steph Overton.

Fighting ‘bio-phobia’ in childcare

Here’s a question for any parents of young children: Are you worried about your child getting dirty, tripping on pebbles or falling out of trees?

Well, experts suggest parents have become so concerned about their children’s safety that they have developed “bio-phobia”- a fear of nature’s risks.

And now, even the government is getting involved. Their new national quality framework requires that childcare centres must offer a connection with the natural environment.

 As a result, Mission Australia is redeveloping seven run down childcare centres in low-incomes areas of Australia to abide by this obligation.

To talk more about this, Jennie Lenman spoke with Marie Howard, National Director of Early Learning Services at Mission Australia.

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Produced by Steph Overton.