Buddha and the Beard (23rd April 2020)

Name of show: 
Buddha & the Beard
Radio station: 

Angurugu Radio 102.9

Date of show: 
Thursday, 23 April, 2020
Hosts & guests: 

Lionel Jaragba & Hugh Bland; interview with Mark Hewitt, recordings from Judy Lalara, Sylvia Tkac, Amathea Mamarika


Topics: Interview with Mark Hewitt, CEO of the ALC who speaks about: shutdown established that there is no virus on Groote, Groote "bubble", untrue rumour about FIFO worker, ribbons for visiting workers - some have red ribbons (have not done isolation, must have no contact with community) or green ribbons (have done 2 weeks isolation, can work with community), update on Cultural Programs (CSP and Cultural Preservation including radio, language, media, men's shed, music) which will continue, funding for camping equipment for every house, recommendation against travel to Darwin or Cairns as it will be hard to get back to Groote (hard isolation needed before return), situation will last for 6 to 12 months, support for local businesses, building works to continue. Coronavirus around the world; flights now starting to resume; Cairns recovered cases; recovery paths from coronavirus; if you have any flu symptoms contact clinic; statistics around the world, USA, Indonesia; Donald Trump and hydroxychloroquine; research on vaccines; closures at airport (for separation of FIFO workforce); no football training; Numbulawar ferry not running; stimulus payment to people on benefits; complaints about noise from mine (call GEMCO 1800 870 766, ALC 8987 4020); employment traineeships at Angurugu radio; information websites; "active" vs "recovered" cases; comparing different countries' strategies; Australia and NZ have done much better than USA and UK; this year's normal flu season (Mamarika season); clusters, Kimberleys, Adelaide, Ruby Princess, Burnie (Tas); Indonesia and Ramadan; releasing restrictions and avoiding possible "second wave".

Date first filed: 
Thursday, 23 April, 2020