Back Roads on ABC – This week Back Roads heads to the farming region of New England in NSW and the former gold town of Uralla.

Presenter Heather Ewart discovers that locals are unearthing riches from other sources these days.

Uralla is a Z-Net town, part of a scheme that helps rural and regional communities to reduce their energy use and cut their costs. That’s led them to create other clever solutions to helping build a sustainable future.

Heather Ewart hitches a ride in an old Studebaker with Garry Byers, who has a surprising and entertaining take on recycling. He gives Heather a tour of his eclectic collection of everything and anything built with pride, including a 1970’s steam roller, the fishing boat he’s turning into a spa, and a recycled pig named Daisy.

The town’s shoemaker, Kath Caddy, crafts her designs from recycled materials such as old leather couches, and even uses a material made of pineapples. There’s a Co-Op where hard waste is given a second chance to avoid landfill, and a local café that composts almost everything left on the table.

In Uralla, it seems everyone is doing their own little bit to help save the planet.

Production credit: Executive Producer, Brigid Donovan.

Back Roads on ABC and ABC iview – Tuesday 23 January, 2024 at 8.00pm

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