An Awabakal podcast series sharing yarns with community members, sports stars and role models.

June 3 2020


Welcome to Awabapod. Awabakal's first Podcast series.

Here you can listen to community leaders, sports stars and role models sharing a yarn and key messages about how you can look after your health, with a healthy dose of Awabakal humour.


Season 2, Episode 1: Steven Oliver 

We're excited to present 2021's first episode with the one and only Mr Sexy, Steven Oliver. He shares his career highs and lows and the hard work and dedication that got him to where he is today.




Episode 6: NAIDOC Edition - Always was, Always will be


In this special 'Always was Always will be' NAIDOC themed episode, Rod Smith from Awabakal chats with Andrew Smith, CEO of Worimi Land Council; Cheryl Kitchener, the Hunter Central Coast Project Officer for Aboriginal Affairs; and Abie Wright, NSW Aboriginal Land Councillor for Sydney/Newcastle Region.


Episode 5: Nathan Towney, Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous Strategy and Leadership at the University of Newcastle

We chat education and the school system with Nathan Towney, Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous Strategy and Leadership at the University of Newcastle. He has a yarn with us about his childhood, his career in the education system and his role at the University.



Episode 4: Connor Watson, Newcastle Knights

Owen Craigie and Connor Watson have a yarn about Connor's childhood, his experiences and what lead him to a career in professional footy.


Episode 3: Dr Kelvin Kong, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist

In this episode we have a yarn with Dr Kelvin Kong, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist. He tells us about his childhood, growing up in Nelson Bay - Worimi Country and the importance of ear health in our children.


Episode 2: Black Lives Matter

Episode two features Sean Gordon from Gidgee Group, Debra Swan, Cultural Educator for Awabakal Ltd and the young talented artist Jacob Ridgeway as we discuss the very hot topic of Black Lives Matter. Join me Rod Smith as I ask questions to help us as a people and non-Aboriginal people have more of an understanding of the movement.


Episode 1: Deadly Ninja Warrior Jack Wilson

Owen Craigie and Jack have a good yarn about Jack's journey to Deadly Ninja Warrior, and the things that keep him grounded.