A Cuppa and a Yarn

NSW Aboriginal Land Council

Welcome to the NSW Aboriginal Land Council’s ‘A Cuppa and a Yarn’ Podcast! Each week NSWALC sits down for a Cuppa and a Yarn with members of the Land Rights network, its supporters and contributors to Australia’s rich cultural history. You’ll laugh, cry and be inspired by each individual tale as we delve into the big issues, history and the personal journeys of our incredible guests.

All Episodes

Welcome back to “A Cuppa and A Yarn” brought to you by the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council. This episode, host Michelle Aleksandrovics-Lovegrove speaks with Nathan Moran, CEO of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, of the historic and impactful Day of Mourning, organised by some of the greatest Aboriginal leaders of the 20th … Continue reading Episode 25: We are eagles. Nathan Moran from the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council discusses the history and the importance of the 1938 Day of Mourning. →

Jan 24

36 min 7 sec

Welcome back to “A Cuppa and A Yarn” brought to you by the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council. This episode, host Michelle Aleksandrovics-Lovegrove speaks with Melissa Williams, CEO of the Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council on her LALC’s innovations during the pandemic, supporting Elders and how her community is family.

May 2020

23 min 7 sec

Welcome back to “A Cuppa and A Yarn” brought to you by the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council. This episode, host Michelle Aleksandrovics-Lovegrove speaks with Uncle Dave Williams, Chief Petty Officer, Submariner Retired, (DAGS) about commemorating ANZAC Day at home during the Coronavirus crisis, his service in the Navy, and two of his greatest … Continue reading Episode 23: ANZAC Day At Home 2020 with Uncle Dave Williams, Chief Petty Officer, Submariner Retired (DAGS). →

Apr 2020

21 min 58 sec

Welcome back to “A Cuppa and A Yarn” brought to you by the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council. Nurses and midwives are in the spotlight for World Health Day 2020, as the world is urged to recognise their vital ongoing work, now more than ever. In Australia, there are around 3,000 Aboriginal and Torres … Continue reading Episode 22: World Health Day 2020. Tameka O’Donnell from the NSWALC Youth Advisory Committee discusses health, COVID-19 and why she became a nurse. →

Apr 2020

23 min

Welcome back to “A Cuppa and A Yarn” brought to you by the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council. The Jerrinja Aboriginal community on the NSW south coast is adjusting, as all communities are, to restrictions to help stay safe from the virus that causes COVID-19. Those restrictions are also impacting land management, as communities … Continue reading Episode 21: COVID-19 and Aboriginal communities. Alfred Wellington from Jerrinja Local Aboriginal Land Council on restrictions impacting fire and land management. →

Apr 2020

20 min 17 sec

Welcome back to “A Cuppa and A Yarn” brought to you by the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council. With more measures being put in place to support Australian businesses and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, the health of Aboriginal community-controlled organisations is vitally important. This episode, host Michelle Aleksandrovics-Lovegrove speaks with Rebecka Stapleton, Chair … Continue reading Episode 20: COVID-19 and Aboriginal communities. Rebecka Stapleton from Tharawal Local Aboriginal Land Council on the importance of being available to community in a time of crisis. →

Apr 2020

20 min 26 sec

Welcome back to “A Cuppa and A Yarn” brought to you by the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council. One of the greatest cultural impacts on Aboriginal communities during the coronavirus crisis is the restriction on people attending funerals. Sorry Business is an important part of Aboriginal cultural obligations, and not being able to participate … Continue reading Episode 19: COVID-19 and Aboriginal communities. Toni-Lee Scott from Bathurst Local Aboriginal Land Council on being available for community, keeping the sanctity of funerals and the value of a good joke. →

Apr 2020

17 min 59 sec

Welcome back to “A Cuppa and A Yarn” brought to you by the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council. The small community of Wellington lies about 50 kilometres from the regional city of Dubbo in central west NSW and is also home to the discreet Aboriginal community of Nanima. Nanima was the first inland Aboriginal … Continue reading Episode 18: COVID-19 and Aboriginal communities. Mike Nolan from Wellington Local Aboriginal Land Council on community uncertainty around food, transport, and what lockdown really means →

Mar 2020

17 min 48 sec

Welcome back to “A Cuppa and A Yarn” brought to you by the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council. One of the most vulnerable NSW Aboriginal communities to the pandemic COVID-19 is Toomelah, in the far north of the state. Toomelah’s nearest hospital, supermarket and all essential services are half an hour away across the … Continue reading Episode 17: COVID-19 and Aboriginal communities. Rex Weribone from Toomelah Local Aboriginal Land Council on the community facing lockout from essential services as Queensland closes its borders →

Mar 2020

18 min 29 sec

Welcome back to “A Cuppa and A Yarn” brought to you by the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council. With Australia and the world changing hour by hour under the onslaught of the COVID-19 virus, a Cuppa and a Yarn is shifting focus to the Land Rights network in NSW and how Aboriginal communities are … Continue reading Episode 16: COVID-19 and Aboriginal communities. Pam Handy from Dareton Local Aboriginal Land Council on food insecurity and dealing with essential services across three states. →

Mar 2020

20 min 12 sec

Welcome back to “A Cuppa and A Yarn” brought to you by the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council. Our guest this week is a man known for his award-winning journalism in Australia and internationally. Stan Grant is a Wiradjuri man from Griffith who’s published multiple books and continues to write and speak on subjects … Continue reading Episode 15: Stan Grant on his hilarious childhood, his Ancestral connection and the person who asked him “Stan, what do you want to do with your life?” →

Mar 2020

47 min 7 sec

Welcome back to “A Cuppa and A Yarn” brought to you by the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council. Our guest this week is a woman who’s one of the brightest stars in Australian Rugby. Mahalia Murphy is lightning fast, and that speed and strength has seen her transition from athletics to rugby league and … Continue reading Episode 14: Mahalia Murphy on Wallaroos, Waratahs and Training for the World Cup →

Mar 2020

36 min 13 sec

Welcome back to “A Cuppa and A Yarn”, hosted by Michelle Aleksandrovics-Lovegrove and brought to you by the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council. Our guest this week is a woman who’s dedicated her life to reconciliation and social inclusion. Shelley Reys has more than 25 years’ experience in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander … Continue reading Episode 13: Shelley Reys on creating a culturally competent Australia, one workplace at a time →

Feb 2020

31 min 2 sec

Welcome back to “A Cuppa and A Yarn”, hosted by Michelle Aleksandrovics-Lovegrove and brought to you by the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council. Our guest this week is one of the most influential Aboriginal musicians in country music. Roger Knox is known as the ‘King of Koori Country’ and the ‘Black Elvis’ and he’s … Continue reading Episode 12: Roger Knox on uplifting, strengthening and touching peoples hearts. →

Jan 2020

1 hr 5 min

Welcome back to our podcast “A Cuppa and A Yarn” brought to you by the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council. Our guest this week is Craig Cromelin, who served as a NSWALC Councillor for 12 years. In Episode 11 of A Cuppa and Yarn, Craig Cromelin talks with host Michelle Aleksandrovics-Lovegrove about his work … Continue reading Episode 11: Craig Cromelin on Aboriginal Land Rights, growing up in Murrin Bridge and an enduring promise to two Aunties. →

Nov 2019

54 min 58 sec

Welcome back to our podcast “A Cuppa and A Yarn” brought to you by the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council. Our guest this week is a man who overcame a tumultuous childhood to become a man capable of some pretty hair-raising athletic feats. Kalkadoon man Jack Wilson starred in the reality TV series Australian … Continue reading Episode 10: Jack Wilson on health, happiness and being the Deadly Ninja! →

Nov 2019

40 min 51 sec

Welcome back to our podcast “A Cuppa and A Yarn” brought to you by the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council. Our guest this week is a woman who’s recently been vaulted into the media spotlight, after making the decision to share her story with cancer. When Theresa Lake was diagnosed with breast cancer, she … Continue reading Episode 9: Theresa Lake on the reality of cancer and empowering women →

Oct 2019

50 min

Yaama and welcome to our podcast “A Cuppa and a Yarn” with NRL star, back-rower Joel Thompson. In this episode, Joel discusses his childhood in Ivanhoe, growing up rough, and the positive impact of his grandmother. Joel tells Michelle Aleksandrovics-Lovegrove that his nan helped him turn his life around from an angry young boy, to … Continue reading Episode 8: Joel Thompson on the power of redemption, giving back to community and being proudly “old school” in the NRL. →

Oct 2019

27 min 21 sec

Yaama and welcome to our podcast “A Cuppa and a Yarn” with NRL star, winger Josh Addo-Carr. In this episode, Josh talks about his early life in Blacktown, Doonside and Earlwood before his eventful road to Melbourne Storm. Josh tells Michelle Aleksandrovics-Lovegrove about the privilege of playing alongside NRL luminaries such as Billy Slater, Cameron … Continue reading Episode 7: Josh Addo-Carr on his legendary speed, connection to community and following in the footsteps of his famous grandfather →

Oct 2019

33 min 9 sec

Yaama and welcome to our podcast “A Cuppa and a Yarn” with NRL star, five-eighth Cody Walker. In this episode, Cody talks us through his journey to the top, playing at clubs right along the eastern seaboard. The Yuin Bundjalung man tells Michelle Aleksandrovics-Lovegrove about leaving Casino in NSW and heading for the Gold Coast … Continue reading Episode 6: Cody Walker on life at Souths, working with Wayne Bennett, and being inspired by his sons →

Oct 2019

40 min 36 sec

Welcome back to our podcast “A Cuppa and A Yarn” brought to you by the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council. Our guest this week is a young woman from a strong Wiradjuri family, who’s intent on making her mark in Western Sydney and beyond. Renee Thomson is part of NSW Aboriginal Land Councils’ Youth … Continue reading Episode 5: Renee Thomson – Making Her Mark in Western Sydney and Beyond →

Aug 2019

39 min 57 sec

Yaama and welcome back to our podcast “A Cuppa and A Yarn” brought to you by the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council. Our guest this week is a woman who’s passionate about improving Aboriginal people’s health and has made it her life’s vocation. Yorta Yorta woman Summer May Finlay says health underpins everything we … Continue reading Episode 4: Yorta Yorta woman Summer Finlay: A strong Aboriginal voice in public health →

Aug 2019

42 min 41 sec

Yaama and welcome back to our podcast “A Cuppa and A Yarn” brought to you by the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council. Our guest this week is a man who’s one of rugby league’s biggest and most loved characters. The former Indigenous All Stars prop has a stellar career behind him spanning stints with … Continue reading Episode 3: George Rose about lessons learned from league & why he’s still gorgeous! →

Jul 2019

52 min 40 sec

Yaama and welcome back to our podcast “A Cuppa and A Yarn” brought to you by the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council. Our guest this week is the inspiring Anne Martin AM, a Yuin woman who’s spent her life working for her mob. Anne was Co-Chair of the National NAIDOC Committee for 13 years, … Continue reading Episode 2: Anne Martin AM – NAIDOC 2019: Voice. Treaty. Truth. →

Jul 2019

49 min 15 sec

Yaama and welcome to our brand new podcast “A Cuppa and A Yarn” brought to you by the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council. Our first guest is the inspiring doyen of Australian rugby union through a golden era in the early 80’s when the Wallabies were just about unbeatable. His name is Mark Ella … Continue reading Episode 1: Mark Ella on fishing, family and the future of Australian Rugby →

Jul 2019

45 min 28 sec