14 February 2023

PODCAST: The Hoot on snakes, injecting rooms and whether they still love us down the coast

| Genevieve Jacobs
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Not snakes on a plane, but close: The Hoot talks snakes in cars. Photo: File.

The Hoot is here and on this week’s podcast, Ross and Genevieve are talking about the real-life Canberra equivalent of snakes on planes.

It’s just the one snake this time, and it’s in a car at Kambah, but we reckon real-life terror trumps anything Hollywood can cook up, including swift action from heroic rescue personnel.

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Anyone with a bush childhood can relate to the heart-pounding fear of close contact with a highly venomous reptile, and you’ll hear about the time Ross’s father shot a large hole in their kitchen floor in pursuit of a slippery house invader.

READ ALSO Crikey! Snake tries to hitch a ride in a woman’s car, but tale has a happy ending

On more serious matters (or just less immediately life-threatening), we’re talking about the fraught relationship Canberrans have with the South Coast. It’s a very close one – 40 per cent of homes in the Eurobodalla are owned by people from the ACT.

But it’s been a hard two years between fire, flood and pandemic, and there’s been plenty of fear and anxiety on both sides of the relationship. 2022 looks like the first ‘normal’ summer since 2018, and businesses over the Clyde are crying out for our custom – but bookings remain stubbornly low.

What’s the reason for our Territorial tardiness? Do we all just need to make friends again?

READ ALSO With holiday bookings down, Canberrans could make or break summer in Eurobodalla

And quite some time after other Australian cities implemented safe injecting rooms for intravenous drug users, the proposal is back on the table in the ACT. It’s a solid two decades since the matter was first considered here in Canberra, although its return has once again prompted fear and anger in some quarters.

So how does the proposal stack up? How do you measure harm reduction against the risk of organised crime profits?

READ ALSO Forget the stereotypes, anyone can be an addict

It’s an interesting conundrum for a jurisdiction that’s often led the nation on social reforms. Why are we so anxious about something that appears to be working well elsewhere?

This is the last episode of The Hoot for 2022, but Region will be back with more podcasting in the new year.

The Hoot appears on Riotact and wherever you get your podcasts, including Apple and Spotify. Have a listen, tell us what you think and rate us.

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