This Thomo Life Podcast

Stories and tales from people who live, work and play in Thomastown, Victoria, Australia.

EPISODE 1 COMMUNITY OF HOPE WITH SUNSHINE CROSS

In this episode of This Thomo Life we talk with Sunshine Cross the community development officer for Whittlesea Council.
This is our very first episode, the pancake episode, there are some teething issues, the audio quality can be a little low at times.

EPISODE 2 THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT WITH GRACE NEWMAN AND LIAM ABEL

In this Episode of This Thomo Life we speak to siblings Grace and Liam, they are students in Thomastown and they share their stories. There is a bike accident, a swarm of ants and a brand new short story written by Grace entitled ‘Do you wanna play a game Georgie?

EPISODE 3 DOCTOR DOCTOR WITH DR. RANJITH HETTIARARCHI

In this episode of This Thomo Life we speak to Doctor Ranjith Hettiarachi, GP in Thomastown for 39 years. We talk to Dr. Hettiarachi about the development of Thomastown as a suburb, medical facilities and demand, the people, mental health and his Australia.

EPISODE 4 CALLING AUSTRALIA HOME WITH TOUFE TAMIM

In this episode of This Thomo Life we talk to Toufe Tamim, a man who along with his wife and kids, fled Abu Musa IRAN for Australia in 2013. He and the family were in detention in Christmas Island and Darwin, before making their way to Sydney and now Thomastown, Melbourne. 

The Tamim’s have no assurance that Thomastown or for that matter Australia will be home or that they will be made to leave the country.

Listen to this tale and try to imagine if you and your own family were put into that situation.

EPISODE 5 WESTGARTHTOWN WITH ROBERT WUCHATSCH

In this episode of This Thomo Life we have Thomastown Historian Robert Wuchatsch who grew up in Westgarthtown/Thomastown and whose family were German Migrants who made Westgarthtown home in the 1850s.

He talks about growing up in Thomastown in the 50s. The urban sprawl of the mid 60s. What war half the world away, made life like for his family and German/Australians here in Thomastown.

He also shares a very funny story about a child at school, a principal and an axe.

EPISODE 6 STORYTIME WITH THE KIDS OF THOMASTOWN

In this episode of This Thomo Life we have some of the kids of Thomastown who wanted to read stories. The three kids are regular patrons of theThomastown Library. 

We also hear about what they want to be when they grow up.

EPISODE 7 THOMASTOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE WITH JUSTINE SLESS AND DEE WILD

In this episode of This Thomo Life we talk with Manager Justine Sless Project Officer Dee Wild from the Thomastown Neighbourhood House.

We talk Monthly Markets, Bringing Snow to Thomastown, The Amazing Race in Thomastown, The Coffee Cart, Community, The Thomastown Library, Money and Funding, and the actual Podcast.

EPISODE 8 TAPESTRY WITH ORESTE POMPETTI

In this episode of This Thomo Life we talk with Oreste Pompetti Pastor at CityLife and Community Development Work for Urban Seed doing work in Thomastown, Lalor and Epping.

We talk what being a Pastor entails, Heritage and Culture, His role in the Thomastown Community, Philosophy of Community, Tolerance and Acceptance, Family, Being Australian in a multi-cultural society, and being Italian.

EPISODE 9 GOVERNMENT WITH BRONWYN HALFPENNY

In this episode of This Thomo Life we talk with Bronwyn Halfpenny MP/MLA. Bronwyn has been the Victorian State Member for Parliament representing the electorate of Thomastown since 2010 and from 2016 she has served as the Government Whip in the Legislative Assembly.

We talk about how she got into politics. Her Father John Halfpenny was a left wing unionist whom served as secretary of the Victorian Trades Hall Council from 1987 to 1995 and was an Executive member of the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

We talk about Social Justice, Human Rights, Thomastown, Traffic, Residents of the Area, Connections and Community, Media, Family and Domestic Violence and Equality for Women.

EPISODE 10 LET IT FLOW WITH MASTER B

In this episode of This Thomo Life we chat with, well we kinda co-host with Master B.

Master B comes to Thomastown to visit friends and one of his favourite things to do is to play in the lovely parks. He is six years old and alongside enjoying his Football and Messi, he loves to play music, sing and podcast with his Father among other things.

 

EPISODE 11 ENGINEERING AND DINOSAURS WITH MUSA AND ALI

In this episode of This Thomo Life we speak to Thomastown sibling students Musa Ali. 
Amongst talking about what they think of their suburb Thomastown, they spoke of their passions in life. Musa with Engineering and Ali with Art and the Dinosaurs he’d like to create in that world.

Both creative in their approach to the questions posed, this makes for some entertaining listening.

There is also a lasting message for people who live and have lived in Thomastown

 

EPISODE 12 COUNCIL WITH KRIS PAVLIDIS

In this episode of This Thomo LIfe we chat with City of Whittlesea Councillor Kris Pavlidis. Kris has held office since November 2005. Kris is responsible for the South West Ward which includes Wollert, Epping, Lalor & Thomastown.

She is a mainstay of Thomastown, being Educated here and currently working and living in the heart of Thomastown.

We talk about the suburb, the surrounding area, issues, her upbringing, Thomastown West (previously High), community, demographics, planned works, council and chamber meetings.

 

 

 

 

EPISODE 13 REMINISCING WITH JIM

In this episode of This Thomo Life we speak with Jim, a local resident who tells us what it was like to move to Thomastown in 1972 from Thornbury. Having been in the area for near 45 years, Jim has seen a lot change.

Jim recalls stories that involve Haunted Houses, air-rifles, fishing and hunting, in the town, motor bikes, dirt bikes and the police.

We talk about the other side of Thomastown and don’t leave out the prescence of ‘The Sharpies’. This is purely for historical referencing.

 

 

 

EPISODE 14 THOMASTOWN RADIO WITH THE GLEE CLUB

In this Episode of This Thomo Life we introduce The Glee Club from Thomastown Primary. The Glee Club was formed by Judith Venables who works for Thomastown Primary.

The group get together reguarly in the school library to sing and work on covers of songs they love. They have a large group and not everyone appears on the podcast.

Upon speaking with them, they all love school because it gives them a chance to learn and make friends. The Glee Club gives them an avenue to be themselves and express their feelings. It is not easy getting up to perform in front of a group of people. They have courage and are inspiring.

They have appeared at Play on The Main live in concert, in Thomastown.