North East Arnhem Land with Mon

Sharing stories from the Top End

In this weekly series journalist and radio announcer at Gove FM, Monika O'Hanlon speaks with people who have found themselves in one of the most remote and beautiful parts of Australia. Whether they're from here, or just passing through - everyone has a story.

"We don't see people on their best day, we usually see people on the worst day of their life."

Growing up on a sheep and cattle station, Daniel Whitfield Jones is no stranger to hard work. His upbringing in the Outback combined with his time at a regimented boarding school has ingrained his disciplined and strong work ethic. So it was inevitable he would eventually enlist in the military.

In this episode Dan shares with us his experiences from serving overseas, the struggles which he and many ex service personnel face, and how the upcoming arrival of his first child saw him leave his dream of becoming a career soldier. Letting go of a job you've worked years to reach as well as the financial stress of a baby on the way is no easy feat. To make matters harder, although he had a lot of life experience - Dan had nothing on paper which made him professionally employable. What he did have was a desire to continue to protect the community - naturally the police force became the next obvious choice. Since then, Dan and his family have been moving around the country for his work - which eventually lead them here to Nhulunbuy.

Police often get a negative wrap - there is no denying there are "bad apples" out there. However in life I believe/hope the good out number the bad - and after getting to know Dan, or Senior Sergeant Daniel Whitfield Jones over the past year, I personally feel confident we've got the good guys working on our side.

It was an absolute pleasure to have Dan come in for a chat. He speaks honestly about his experiences and touches on a lot of important subjects. This conversation really opened my eyes on a lot of things. I hope you get as much out of it as I did.

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Special thanks to Daniel Whitfield Jones

Thanks to Gove FM




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What were you doing during your teen years? Did you already know what you wanted to do with your future? For Serina O'Connor it was pretty obvious - music was in her blood. She may be young, but this talented singer songwriter is well on her way to establishing herself within the Australian music scene. She's already played a number of gigs which even the most esteemed artists would be envious of - and right now she is studying at the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts in Brisbane. Although she is well on her way to fulfilling her dreams, it hasn't always been easy. Serina overcame severe bullying in her younger years, and later she was forced to grow up when her father was involved in a serious accident. However none of this held her down as the young musician started using her creativity as an outlet. One of Serina's goals in life is to use her music as a means to inspire her generation to love more. One things is for sure - big things are yet to come for this talented artist .

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Special thanks to Serina O'Connor

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"What happens when you lock a lion in a cage? It get's hungry." These are Stuart Yiwarr McGrath's words. After 15 years of living in poverty he was hungry for success - so he followed his dreams. Stuart is currently in his second year of a Bachelor of Nursing - his first which he did remotely while working full time and being a father. When he graduates he will be the first ever Yolngu registered nurse.
At 28 years of age he has already lived many different lives. From his nomadic upbringing in remote indigenous communities in this region, to schooling in Canberra, living in Santa Teresa and studying in Darwin. These experiences have given Stuart a special insight which many people in Australia, and the world - are oblivious to. His drive to help his community and give his two young daughters the best opportunities in life is truly inspiring. He has big dreams, one of which is making steps towards closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. He is a natural leader and without a doubt, Stuart is destined for great things.

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Thanks to special guest Stuart Yiwarr McGrath

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Can you imagine growing up between two worlds? To become a mother at a young age having just lost two of the most important people in your life?
Georgina Gellett can - but despite these challenges, she has overcome them to become an inspiring young leader in her community.
As a proud Yolngu woman the land of her ancestors is sacred. It provides nourishment and shelter. As a bush doctor it is a place of spirituality and healing - and as a ranger, she has taken on the responsibility to protect it. For her daughter - and for the generations to come.
During this podcast Georgina invites us into her world - which just so happens to be stuck between two.

NOTE: To simplify, Georgina describes the two moieties which all Yolngu people in North East Arnhem Land belong to as Ying and Yang. The correct terms are Dhuwa and Yirritja. Children belong to the same moiety as their father.

You can read more about Yolngu culture through the links below:

http://www.dhimurru.com.au/yolngu-culture.html

https://www.yyf.com.au/pages/?ParentPageID=2&PageID=104



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Thanks to special guest Georgina Gellett

Thanks to Gove FM




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For Phil, life started on a Tempe Downs station about 700 km north-west of Alice Springs. Having lived in numerous parts of Australia, he is what you call, a 'professional nomad'. He's worked in film, radio, television. He's written books and has been part of national campaigns. From picking water melons in Kununurra to collecting crocodile eggs in Arnhem Land - there isn't many jobs this guy hasn't done.
He's a phenomenal storyteller, so sit back and relax - and let Phil take you on a journey of a life well lived.

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Special thanks to Phil O'Brien

Click here to buy Phil's compilation CD, Songs For the Corrugation

Follow Phil's journey here


Thanks to Gove FM




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