HighCast 033 – Tim Wyszynski

Tim is a highlands local and arborist.

I need to get more young folks on the podcast.

Tim’s story and point of view is refreshing, invigorating and funny. He has a voice and tone I often hear on the pages of reddit (shout out to r/australia), that get’s drowned out by others, outside of the web, that seek to speak on his behalf, but don’t understand where he comes from or why he feels and thinks the way he does.

I really enjoyed this conversation because we were able to relate on our hopes and ambitions but also on our anxieties. We both want to live in a regional area that is open, fair and embraces its regionalism. We are both perplexed at decisions about development and infrastructure that don’t make sense to us. We’re both trying to figure out our place and trying to make the most of our challenges and opportunities.

I’m so fortunate to have had another great conversation and get another valuable and different perspective on the world. If I hadn’t of started HighCast, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to hear Tim’s perspective, let alone bring it to a wider audience.

Thanks Tim!


Something bigger than ourselves

We look to our leaders for purpose and direction, we look to those with responsibility for inspiration and motivation, and we crave inclusion in something bigger than ourselves.

It’s why we get so disappointed when we witness such poor actions from parliamentarians in Canberra and why we find hope in organisations like NSW State Emergency Service.

Everyone at NSW SES has a leadership role, I know because I witness it week in and week out.

Whether it’s during training, when we’re helping you in storms or when we’re responding to road crashes, every single one of our members is providing leadership to our community and within our own ranks.

I notice it in our meetings when we’re briefed on safety, when we’re performing preparedness tasks on our vehicles and everyone is lending a hand, and when we’re debriefing after a tough job and your team really cares about your welfare.

I know SES is full of leaders, even though it’s often unspoken, but you just know that a task will be completed because individuals care enough and are willing to contribute despite difficulty or misgiving.

We can trust that SES is full of leaders, it mightn’t be said, but it’s always at forefront of mind.

You can tell because ordinary people are willing to share a burden much too heavy for most and give their personal time freely and without expectation of reward.

Leadership at SES is never forgotten because it’s about trust, accountability and respect. 

Respect for your fellow volunteers, for community and for the roundel.

It is professionalism and integrity we display to, and with our rank, and about the safety we entrust when providing our service.

In SES we know that leadership is more than just a position it’s who we are.

If only our parliamentarians were the same.


HighCast 032 – Richard Lane

Richard is a highlands local and founder of Wingecarribee Vocal Muster.

Like a lot of guests, Richard came on the podcast to talk about a topic and ended up talking about himself. This is because his story is intriguing and compelling. It is one of passion, frustration and adventure and is as classic as any movie you’ll ever see.

Through the vocal muster, Richard is giving back to community what so many had given to him; tuition, education and most importantly a chance to explore their creativity. The vocal muster is Richard’s way of building community, of creating something bigger than himself and of developing others.

I’m not surprised anymore by the stories I hear through HighCast. It’s almost as if compelling stories, and interesting and creative people, attract to one another because of their drive. I’m glad to have met Richard and to have heard his story, it’s a good one.

Thanks Richard.