Fly­ing take on a rich her­itage

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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.

7.30pm, ABC1.


Pro­fes­sor Stephen Simp­son.

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