Living Outback Podcasts

The fifteen Living Outback radio programs continue to be available through this website. To access the podcasts and related support materials, go to Podcasts

The former one-teacher school in Wirrabara Forest, Flinders Ranges South Australia.

The production team acknowledges the funding support from the Community Broadcasting Foundation, and ongoing support from 89.7 Radio PBA FM in Adelaide, where this project was produced.

Living Outback looks at some of the issues facing rural and remote communities in Australia. Producer/Presenter Tony Ryan has travelled widely for this series, building on an original outline by Series Consultant Dr John Ashfield. Over thirty interviewees from four states speak on some of the realities of life in rural and remote communities that in recent times have experienced devastating floods ands fires, but which are also experiencing declining populations and services. But in spite of difficult times on the land and families affected by natural disasters, and fewer young people to take over from ageing farming men and women, rural communities are resilient.

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The Living Outback website was one of four finalists in the New Digital Media Initiatives category of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia Annual Media Awards, announced at the National Conference in Sydney in November 2013. Although we did not take out the award, being a finalist in this category was great – there were many comments during the conference about the interviews and the website. Thanks again to everyone who contributed.

Meet Cheeky Charlie and Dave the Duck!

And yes, that’s the caption for this great photograph from Victoria, to accompany this 15-part radio and internet project, produced at PBA FM in Adelaide. 

Cheeky Charlie and Dave the Duck

Cheeky Charlie and Dave the Duck

In addition to 15 podcasts, the Living Outback website also includes details of interviewees, further readings and points for discussion, making it an invaluable community learning resource.Your feedback is always welcome. Email producer Tony Ryan at PBA FM in Adelaide, on

Great photographs!

Many excellent photographs have been added to this site, along with due acknowledgement to the photographers from across five Australian states.

Among the first photographs received was this one, from Joanne O’Keeffe in Queensland. She writes that “Glowing Visions represents up and coming young farmers, in particular jillaroos.”

Glowing Vision - Photographer Joanne O'Keeffe

Glowing Vision – Photographer Joanne O’Keeffe