Flying take on a rich heritage
washer from a massive building in Melbourne, hang gliding off cliffs. It certainly doesn’t come naturally.’’
Simpson changed his mind when realised the importance of documenting the nation as it right now and demonstrating what it means for us to live in such a challenging continent.’’
Filming over almost a year, his journey began in Western Australia with a hot air balloon flight over a water pipe which runs from Perth to Kalgoorlie. Highlights included next stop, NSW and the Snowy Mountains scheme and flights that provided a snapshot of flooding in rural NSW, fires in South Australia, wind farms in Tasmania and far north Queensland’s canefields and the Great Barrier Reef.
One episode of the four-parter deals with coastal degradation including nearby Kingscliff, in northern NSW, and Queensland’s South Stradbroke Island.
Simpson laid down the final voice-overs just a fortnight ago. He considered the project a diversion from his research into the relationship between obesity, nutrition and swarming in locusts.
He says the series gives viewers the chance to see stunning scenic Australia, before cameras zoom in on the people.
‘‘I hope it really shows what it means to live in Australia, how we live on the edge of catastrophe and how we really do rely on the hard work of so many ordinary but extraordinary people,’’ he says.
Professor Stephen Simpson.