On today’s program:

  • Just seven weeks after the WA state government announced a ban on native timber logging, jarrah prices have spiked. Some of the state’s furniture-makers are now saying they’re going to have to import wood from countries like Indonesia. But is this a good thing for the global environment?

    Guest/Audio: WA Furniture Manufacturers’ Association president, Michael D’Andrea. WA Furniture Manufacturers’ Association secretary, Frank Parker. WA Forestry Alliance campaign director, Jess Beckerling. Woodworker, Dean Malcolm.

  • A proposal to make wearing a lifejacket mandatory on commercial boats is being floated by the maritime safety regulator. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority points to the statistics which show of the 90 instances of crew falling overboard in the past two years – ten of those people lost their lives. But not everyone is convinced a lifejacket would have saved them. In fact, some commercial net fishers believe it could make working on boats even more dangerous, after being involved in earlier trials with AMSA.

    Guest/Audio: Australian Maritime Safety Authority CEO, Mick Kinley. Karumba-based fisher, David Lane.

  • For many of us, the idea of staying in our homes as we get older, is an appealing one. To help more regional Australians achieve this, the small West Australian town of Pingelly is about to trial a so-called virtual aged care village, where volunteers pitch in to help.

    Guest/Audio: Pingelly residents, Lesley Page & Shirley Langley.

  • If you’re thinking about what can be done to help Australia’s endangered koala population, designing a Scottish tartan might not be the first thing that springs to mind. Yet that’s what a brother and sister duo has done, in a bid to draw attention to conservation efforts to protect the marsupial in the lead-up to the Glasgow climate talks.

    Guest/Audio: Fred and Marie Lawson. Australian Koala Foundation CEO, Deborah Tabart.

“It’ll be as expensive as gold soon”: Jarrah price spike pushes WA furniture makers to imports
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