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Taking a glimpse back on 30 years of Landline and changing rural life

Taking a glimpse back on 30 years of Landline and changing rural life

Image this — or not it is 1991.

On Landline there had been photos of a girl guidance a header by way of a grain slash. She’s a farmer, magnificent? Wrong.

Early Newspaper

Thirty years ago a girl’s honest set aside in agriculture modified into once drowsing companion, non-productive.

Rural bankers expected the “farmer’s wife” to head away the room after she’d set aside tea and biscuits down so he could additionally confer with her husband, the “farmer”.

In 1994, Australia’s first Rural Girl of the Year awards had been held and the set aside of females in ag hasn’t seemed back — and the regulation has in the end caught up.

“Now females happily advise they’re farmers and no one questions it — or not it is miles rarely considered as unfamiliar or weird,” said Landline host Pip Courtney.

“Or not it is honest fraction of the material of rural life.”

That will not be the only thing that is modified.

Pip Courtney stands in paddock with camera in foreground

Landline’s Pip Courtney has witnessed changing attitudes to rural females for the duration of her occupation.(

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Program changes

The Landline of 2021 is a country mile from what started as a half-hour day-to-day studio-primarily primarily based program in early 1991. It grew to change into a weekly program later that 12 months and a Sunday staple.

“Love most rural folks I grew up with Landline,” said Landline’s Northern Territory reporter Kristy O’Brien.

In the early days, the reporting crew and the budget had been both dinky.

Founding Govt Producer Kerry Lonergan said: “I made up my mind that the only formulation to sustain it modified into once to occupy it up with some freebie stuff.”

Australian country musician Troy Cassar-Daley

Australian country musician Troy Cassar-Daley thanks Landline for helping his occupation.(

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This system featured normal segments love e book evaluations, cooking, finance and country tune clips produced by Landline.

“To get the opportunity to get a clip on Landline, I believed I modified into once king of the hill. I could not consider it.”

Landline even won a Golden Guitar for a country tune video featuring Greg Champion and a song called Fridge Elephantine of Coldies.

But Landline also tackled the big components, honest as it does this day.

“In the nineties, Landline tackled plenty of components that even mainstream media wasn’t the truth is tackling, which had been to raise out with the environment and climate consequently of that tips every little thing must that you simply can well presumably additionally be a farmer,” said extinct presenter Catherine Phillips, now Govt Producer Cathie Schnitzerling.

Warddeken rangers sit around a fire and cook up a meal in Arnhem Land.

Warddeken rangers combine traditional data and original technology to sustain an eye on Arnhem Land.(

ABC News: Kristy O’Brien


There had been stories explaining carbon farming and buying and selling, erosion and the rising Landcare movement.

Presenter and reporter Pip Courtney met many of the land-repairing and tree-planting pioneers.

“Or not it is now called regenerative agriculture and followers advise it formulation while keeping biodiversity they’re final into drought and first out.”

This system has lined more than its magnificent part of droughts, floods and fires and the impact that has on mental properly being, producing award-profitable stories about “the murky canines” of depression.

Diverse voices and audiences

Land rights and the Mabo and Wik rulings had been normal interview matters when the program first started.

Now, Indigenous agriculture and land administration practices are normal Landline stories.

He wears a battered hat, a blue work shirt and a handkerchief around his neck

Stockman Frank Skeen is a Third-generation ringer at Indigenous-owned Roebuck Plains Station.(

ABC News: Kristy O’Brien


“Or not it is miles so notable to contrivance shut the memoir of Indigenous stockmen and Indigenous pastoralists,” said reporter Kristy O’Brien, who covers worthy of northern Australia for Landline.

She said covering stories with Australia’s First Nations folks offers the viewers the next likelihood to connect with our country.

And that viewers will not be honest in the country.

“Most of our viewers in numbers is in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth in the internal metropolis,” said Kerry Lonergan.

“They’ll additionally fair not agree with us your entire time however they love us.”

Changing attitudes

This system is neatly-known for its photos of some of the most beautiful and a ways-off parts of Australia and the way of life of the strange characters who inhabit them.

But it also has a spotlight on the long bustle, featuring the latest in high-tech cloud-primarily primarily based farm technology, equipment and innovation.

Peter Murray-King is harvesting organic strawberries on Queensland's Sunshine Coast

Consumers are expressing more hobby in where their food comes from, including organic get and food marketed for wellbeing.(

Marty McCarthy


That of route involves the changing tastes in food and the consumer’s desire to know where it comes from and how or not it has been handled.

“Now or not it is extremely worthy front and centre.

“I consider issues love the 2011 Indonesian live cattle disaster modified into once a be-cautious call.

“Some of these failures made cattle producers aware of their duty of care your entire formulation by way of from conception to consumption of the animal.”

Landline’s aquaculture reporter Sean Murphy has lined many stories about rising food markets.

“There might be now a wellbeing sector of the market,” he said.

“There might be now a push for meat selections, plant-primarily primarily based, veganism, gluten-free.”

Woman and man with camera walk alongside man on horse with cows in distance

A Landline crew on project in Tasmania where cattle had been mustered by way of saltwater.(

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‘We reveal you the lot’

Landline stories raise out not always get for elated viewing: droughts, abattoirs, the harm done by feral animals and the efforts to control them, and intensive cattle operations.

“We prance after these stories consequently of that’s what paddock to plate the truth is is,” said reporter Kerry Staight.

“Individuals often don’t glimpse way more than the paddock or the plate however on Landline we reveal you your entire lot.”

That will not be an situation for diehard followers.

Apple grower Fiona Hall from Central Western Contemporary South Wales said: “If I need inspiration and accumulate missed an episode, I will jump on iview to get somewhat more mojo.”

Landline’s mojo has stood the take a look at of time.

“A shimmering aged head I aged to work for in television said the definition of a successful program is it runs for seven years,” said founding producer Kerry Lonergan.

“Right here we are 30 years later.”

Landline’s celebration of 30 years is on ABC TV 12.30pm, and 3: 00pm in WA, on Sunday, March 21.

Taking a glimpse back on 30 years of Landline and changing rural life