Julie McCrossin

At home with This high-pro­file broad­caster loves s her fam­ily, her dogs, her city and the bush

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Julie McCrossin has lived in her An­nan­dale home for more than 25 years. But it’s her sec­ond home, a ru­ral re­treat, that hold­solds a spe­cial place in her heart. A cou­ple of years ago, af­ter bat­tling stage four throat can­cer, an­cer, the me­dia per­son­al­ity, best known for her long ca­reer with the e ABC, bought an acreage prop­erty on a river at Welling­ton, near Dubbo and put a trans­portable home on it.

It’s now the place where Julie, her part­ner Melissa Gib­son son whom she mar­ried in New York in 2014, and their two adult chil­dren, Luke and Amelia and their re­spec­tive part­ners, meet reg­u­larly to­gether as a fam­ily, along with their dogs.

“When I got a life-threat­en­ing ill­ness, I re­alised I’d al­ways wanted to have a bit of land in the coun­try,” Julie says. “We’ve got this fan­tas­tic new part of our lives, it’s a pos­i­tive byprod­uct of can­cer.

While her time in the coun­try is pre­cious and the can­cer is in re­mis­sion, Julie doesn’t see her­self per­ma­nently leav­ing her semide­tached home in the city.

“I’ll al­ways keep my place in An­nan­dale, partly be­cause one of our chil­dren lives in Syd­ney and I have an aw­ful lot of friends in Syd­ney,” she says. “I also want to be near ma­jor teach­ing hos­pi­tals.

“I’ve had stage four can­cer and I’m very grate­ful to be near St Vin­cent’s Hos­pi­tal and the com­mu­nity of health­care work­ers that are help­ing to keep me healthy. They talk about sur­vival un­til five years and I’m three years to­wards that five.”

Julie says the can­cer has had a pro­found ef­fect on her life, mak­ing her er fo­cus more on fam­ily and friends and she’s try­ing to work less.

How­ever, she has taken on a role as a pa­tron for the Red Cross and she speaks en­thu­si­as­ti­cally about the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ser­vices for young peo­ple and the home­less, ser­vices to stay in touch with the el­derly and food se­cu­rity pro­grams.

“One of the things the Red Cross does in Aus­tralia is if you have an el­derly per­son alone at home, a net­work of vol­un­teers rings ev­ery day to check they’re okay and have a chat,” she says.

The daugh­ter of an Aus­tralian World War II Bomber Com­mand pathfinder pilot, Julie is also in­volved in doc­u­ment­ing the sto­ries of the last dig­gers and bombers.

Toyy fig­urines

Chil­dren need to play with im­ages that re­mind them of peo­ple in all their di­ver­sity. It is hurt­ful to be in­vis­i­ble.

Favourite photo

This is Melissa, and our two chil­dren­hil­dren Amelia and Luke whenw when they were lit­tle.

Prayer cross Spe­cialS photo

This pic­ture is off of my old­estt friend, So­phie In­wald and I. We’ve’ve be talk­ing daily since 1966. She e is a won­der­ful friend who of­ten n took me to treat­ments when I had d throat can­cer in 2013. This is from Siem Reap and it em­anates peace and re­minds me of Angkor Wat. This is for hold­ingholdinn in your hand when you can­noo can­not speak any more. It was given to me by a friend with lat­estage can­cer. I trea­sure it.

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It’s by Abo­rig­i­nal artist Jody Broun and it’s of women and dogs in a re­mote com­mu­nity. These are the peo­ple the Aus­tralian Red Cross sup­port for food se­cu­rity.

Danc­ing cows

These are like the cat­tle we ag­ist on our coun­try re­treat in Welling­ton NSW.

Me­dia per­son­al­ity, jour­nal­ist and Red Cross am­bas­sador Julie McCrossin

Two-bed­room, semi-de­tached home with an of­fice in An­nan­dale she shares with her part­ner Melissa

My two lit­tle poo­dle/ King Charles Cava­lier cross dogs, Char­lie and Bruno stayed by my side all the way through my can­cer treat­ment. Melissa got Bruno to help me cope with the anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion af­ter the rigours of treat­ment. Bruno has made my heart sing ever since we met

I spent most of my ed­u­ca­tion at Angli­can girls’ schools and I’m in­spired by one of the Beat­i­tudes, where Je­sus said “Blessed are the peace­mak­ers”. I’m a Red Cross am­bas­sador which is a sec­u­lar or­gan­i­sa­tion, but it has the val­ues of peace­ful­ness and neu­tral­ity

Wher­ever Melissa and our chil­dren Luke and Amelia and I gather to­gether. Wher­ever we are with our dogs is home

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