Season 4 started in late July 2021 and will continue through to April 2022.
It includes episodes from the Central Goldfields region as well as some episodes from further away. We look at the controversial bioenergy plant, councils coming together across vast distances to commit to renewable energy, healthy soil, healthy people and a look at what is happening in Mildura.
Season 3 started in August 2020 and wrapped up in June 2021.
Episodes feature Aunty Julie McHale, e-bikes, zero waste food, sour dough bread, economy alternatives, artists looking at climate and student strikers.
This season began as the terrible fires of the 2019/2020 fire season here in Australia were still burning and before Covid 19 became a global pandemic. Both topics are covered in this season as well as protest, non violent direct action, food security, farming, art, anxiety, birth, death and the long ride in between.
This eight part series from 2018 was the starting point for all that followed and acts as a kind of pilot project. Episodes include Boomerang Bags, Repair Cafe, Gung Hoe Growers and more.
Dja Dja Wurrung radio is a collection of 32 short segments made for MAINfm in 2015/16. It was for and about the local aboriginal community, covering history, local stories and interviews with kids, adults, entertainers and historians. It was created by Uncle Rick Nelson and Allie Hanly and has been edited together to form seven longer episodes, each comprised of three or four of the original segments.
Why have seasons?
I am on several podcasting facebook groups and it often gets asked why shows have seasons. I think the general rule with podcasting is: if it works for you then do that thing.
For me, having seasons made sense because the project is evolving and changing over time. It has also been a reflection of the scope of the funding I have received at any given time:
- Season 1 in 2018 was funded by a local council grant. This was called An Environment for Change, an 8 part series that was a pilot project for what would later be called Saltgrass. It was very clear to me that I was only just scratching the surface of what could be covered in a show like this.
- Season 2 was a my first grant from the CBF which allowed for 6 months of weekly episodes in the first half of 2020. I initially called this project Turning the Goldfields Green because I wanted to focus on our central Victorian region that has had a devastating amount of damage done to it during the gold rush. It is called upside-down country by the Dja Dja Wurrung as every square meter of this landscape was dug over, turned upside down in the search for gold in the 1800’s. I was also using Saltgrass as the podcast name… confusing? Yes it was.
- Season 3 was a second grant from the CBF for a full year of weekly episodes to follow on from season 2. I transitioned fully into the name Saltgrass and mostly left the ‘goldfields’ tagline behind as I was looking forward to including episodes from further afield. I decided to break season 3 at episode 23 and start a new season, taking a month off between seasons to rest and re-set.
- Season 4 has begun and will continue on through to April 2022 with a break over the holidays.