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(generated from captions) someone and I know how it feels

to emerge from that shadow. So

I know that Kaarle is working

very hard to ensure that one

day she emerges from that and

that day will hurt, I know, I

know it will hurt so I'm trying

to work as hard as I can to

ensure it doesn't. Is it hard

to have friendships in elite

sport? I think it is but Anna

and I seem to manage it quite

well. I don't know how we

manage to... but we do. We both

want to win and we understand

that but when we walk away from

movie or the track we can go catch a

movie or have dinner. We've

both got pet animals and we go

and sit out on the beach and

let the dogs run around. It's

just about being able to manage both sides of the coin, I

suppose. It's a good time for Australian cycling. You only

have to try to get a coffee

near a beach on Saturday

morning to see how popular it's

become. But at the elite level

Australian cycling still

doesn't have that following

that the big sports

that the big sports like

athletics or swimming have. But

these Olympics are seen as a

real opportunity to change that

because Australian cyclists are

at or near the top, not just

here on the track but also on

the road, think Cadel Evans and

GreenEDGE, but also in mountain

bike and BMX. And throwing in

the old rivalry between

Australia and Great Britain

doesn't hurt either. This week

Australians will want to give

the British team a whack before

having to face them again this

July on their home track at

their home Olympics. Ben Knight

reporting and that's the

program for tonight. CSI Goodnight. Closed Captions by

of Trundle NARRATOR: The dying country town a bold social experiment. has embarked on We've got everything you need. What do you think you have got? They've offered five families Is that right? the bush, for just $1-a-week rent. the chance to start a new life in I'm ringing to offer you WOMAN ON PHONE: a farmhouse with Tommy and Sammy. Yippee! Are you serious? their life-changing journey. Over 12 months we follow (Applause) You may kiss your bride. or will it end in disaster? Will they save the town... Tonight... the last two weeks Kylie and I have spent to this place. working on doing something the lack of it, I should say. The gratitude is just overwhelming -

talk about town gossip Does anyone want to around the traps? and what's going on have moved to Trundle.' She said, 'Well, the Arabs (Laughter) It's going to be hot, obviously. What was that? Is it still there? and I have to say It's been a little bit difficult I'm very frustrated with it. Yeah. No they didn't, Nabih.

That's not what they said. We're going home. ? Theme music

DONNA: Oh, we're here. After years of going backwards, just went up by another three. the population of Trundle Good girl. Too curious. and her kids Tommy and Sammy Widowed mum Donna Roberts at their new country home. have just arrived isn't it, Mum? SAMMY: It's beautiful, I'm going to have another look. Oh, isn't that sweet? (Chuckles)

Saw. 'We welcome you to Trundle.' No way. Let me have it. A hammer. Wow... it's so much cleaner.

by Donna's story. The committee was deeply moved to a brain tumour. I recently lost my husband last year WOMAN: You're right, doing fine. Sorry. Yeah, she couldn't resist, hey? Is that Dol? a detour from a fancy dress party Landlords Dol and Greg Wright take Wow, look at you guys! Oh, my God! to drop in and say 'Hi'. (Laughs) Welcome to Trundle. How you going Donna? Yes. Greg! Is one of them your husband? Hello. You too. Hello, nice to meet you. met Dol's husband Greg It's the first time Donna's recognise him next time. and it is unlikely she will He's even wearing a bra. (Chuckles)

that's it for tonight, and have... Just get the bed set up and sandwiches or something. Yeah. ..a couple of toasted Alright. Have a good night. Oh, that sounds good. See you tomorrow. See ya. See you, boys. Have a great one. What can I dress up as? I want to go the party. Yeah, just a mother. (Chuckles) TOMMY: A mother. It feels like home already. the dog kennel there... Like, just having

..and the bed made and set up and... It feels really good. SAMMY: This is just great! the Elemams are settling in. On the other side of town,

Bismi Allah. What do we say before eating? 'Bismi Allah' before eating. and their three kids from Sydney Nabih and Christie have been here a week. (Speaks in Arabic language) But they almost didn't come. (Sighs)

truck-load of stuff out initially, After Nabih had bought his he was a little bit overawed he was having second thoughts, with how far out from town it was. wasn't quite what they expected And, um, he... I think the house it's one of out better ones. which sort of surprised me because Elemams have decided to give it a go. Despite their initial doubts, the

is proving a bit of a shock. But country life Nabih, what are you doing? You found some frogs? I clean the tank. OK. (Speaks indistinctly)

and move forward We need to get momentum again

for what comes next. and start planning a good idea to move into a house I mean, maybe it's not such on the internet. Yeah. just 'cause you saw it over at the Guerkes' farmhouse. There's a very different vibe they've been here forever. The family of six look like a lawn happening... veggie garden. We'll see if I can get a bit of

the worst house and they got it. They asked the committee for has been left to slowly rot. A 100-year-old homestead which are bringing it back to life. Now carpenter Dan and his wife Kylie (Child giggles)

one of our dreams, as you call it. As a married couple this is a nail in a wall without a landlord Having a place where you can put coming down on you and saying, 'You owe me whatever, you know, for the damage.' And I think our landlords are very accommodating in that way. I guess in 12 months time we'd like to see ourselves in a house that's got good foundations and the kids out enjoying themselves.

Running around on their motorbikes and going to school in town and having lots of fun and just living a relaxed lifestyle. How are ya? Karen? Yeah. Tonight's a big night in Trundle - the pony club's chook'n'champers fundraiser. It's a chance for the locals and the new families

to get to know each other a little better. My wife Kylie. Barry. How are you? Would you like pink or yellow? On arrival, we have obviously, champagne 'cause it's a chicken and champagne night. The Elemam family aren't going to be able to make it tonight. I believe they don't really attend functions where alcohol may be present. Oh, enjoy. How ya going? I9m well. Thanks for coming.

Do you want some potato salad? It's really yum. But as the sun goes down, some uninvited guests crash the party. CHILD: Been eaten alive. CHILD: I hate mozzies. What was that? Is it still there? Is it still there? Is it gone? It was big, I felt land. (Laughs)

So thank you everyone for coming. Sorry, I got a bug in my mouth. We'd like to welcome in particular, all the new families that have decided to be part of the Trundle Tree Change project. And just to see all these families living here now is a great reward for the Trundle community. We have a small gift for you, a gum tree.

Me and the kids have just fitted in so well, it's just been really, really good. It just feels like I've been here for years. It's going very well... except for the bugs. The kids love it and we love it and we haven't been ourselves this much ever really.

Basically, it's really good. They're everywhere, aren't they? Swimming in bugs. (Rooster crows) Oh, my God, it's so hot. It's 45-degrees in Trundle and it's 41 out there now. So within 15 or 20 minutes, it's gone... it's dropped four-degrees,

so it's hotter in town than what it is out here. (Bell rings) We're just after some Trundle Central school uniforms. we need long-sleeve shirts. I don't know if you have got many. Christie's cultural beliefs call for the women and girls to cover up.

Well, she particularly, can only wear the long-sleeve one. OK, I'll have to dig them out from out the back. I'm going out. OK. I thought they were right at the front. Sure. I'm gonna have to pull it all out because they're winter stock. Sorry. No, that's OK, it's probably gonna take ten minutes or so, is that alright? Yeah. Yep. We do need two school hats, as well. Rodah, I'm not asking because I think it's fun. I'm just thinking the 14 'cause it might give her... It's going to be hot obviously. It might give her a bit more room to run and be cooler. Yeah. I think the medium for you by the time you put your scarf underneath. Do you beep the sheep when you come through? No, that's what farmers do to call their sheep to feed. (Chuckles) Oh, OK. There are a few lambs around. Hello, Dan! (Chuckles) The new arrivals are itching to compare notes. How is everyone? We're pretty good. Hey, Kylie. I brought someone that wanted to see where you live. (Chuckles) We've lacquered that. Oh, wow. We've lacquered up to the lounge room. Please? You give it back to me. How's your water situation? It's a bit misty and little black things coming through it. I suggest doing what we do and using a jug with a special water filter. It takes all the fogginess out of it. (Kids squeal and shriek) (Car horn) School starts next week for the Tree Change kids. Hello! Have we lost some front teeth for Christmas? Yes, we lost our front teeth. Oh! Principal Cara Cracknell is keen to meet her new pupils, Rhoda and Zaina. Come on, Qasim. I was gonna wear long pants today but I went 'no, no'. It's too hot. It is too, too hot. The Elemams are the first Muslim family to attend the Trundle Central School. I'm probably going to ask questions that are really dumb. No, they're not dumb. (Laughs) I didn't know whether they had prayers mats or they have prayer sessions during school time. Normally at lunchtime. Do you think it would be a good idea to talk to the kids about what Rhoda's doing at lunchtime? Because you do understand that there'll be children here that don't know anything at all about your religion and your culture? Yeah. Just let Rhoda do it and once the questions start coming...

'cause they will inevitably come from some of the children, and once you explain to them, they usually go 'Oh'. One of the things I need to know a little bit more about with swimming and clothes... She has a full costume. Is it a burqa, yeah? And then full arms and legs? It's all built into one. Oh, you're a bit like Cathy Freeman. (Laughs) Do you like music? Yeah, but I use special types. Oh, do you?

We, um... We don't play musical instruments so much - it's not an Islamic thing to play instruments. Just, like, sometimes the guitar, like, just softly. No-one plays guitar. We have spoken to them that we have our ideas and our beliefs. Saxophone, clarinet? No. OK. I think it'll be a really good eye-opener for students at Trundle Central School, it will bring back those values of tolerance and acceptance. But the concerns that I have as students get older, when people start to develop their own ideas or wherever they got those ideas from, and as to whether they've got those prejudices against a little girl who's just merely following custom and religion.

Do you? (Children chatter) It's six weeks since the five Tree Change families were chosen. With some of the families already in their dollar-a-week farmhouses, the committee gets together for a catch-up. We're all a little bit concerned in some ways, of how this first little stretch is going to go. It's pretty crucial that they're... ..the settling-in period runs quite smoothly. Before that, does anyone want to talk about town gossip and what's going on around the traps? Anyone talking about it? Or what's... I was across the street the other day and it was really funny. (Bleep) must have heard that Ben's tenants were Muslim, and she said, 'Well, the Arabs have moved to Trundle.' (Laughter) 'I've always worried this day would come.' (Laughter) Well, I don't know if it was tongue-in-cheek or she was being serious - you never can tell with her. I would personally like to go and say, 'Well, what's the go?' Like, can we invite them around for a beer and have a beer or do they frown on that? Because I don't know anything about their culture - not one thing. Before they applied, when she called me she said, 'Cara, give me the God's honest truth about what's going on, you know, how would we be perceived?' And I said, 'Look, you'll have your knockers

because you're different.' So-called 'being different'. And she said, 'We get stared at in Sydney because people think that we're a terrorist.' BEN: You'll never offend them. They know all that stuff goes on, they know that's part of our culture, as well. Christie's very upfront about it, Col. I'd like to have a ground-roots start, and to say, 'Well...' CHERIE: You wanna find a bit more out about their culture basically. That's it, full stop. (Children giggle) The next day farmer Ben is a welcome sight to the Elemams. How ya, mate? How ya going, brother? Got some yard water for you. Oh, yeah, no worries. He's brought a new water pump to help solve their smelly water problem. And a job offer. I was going to ask you while I've got you. Next week is shearing. I was wondering whether I could employ you for a few days.

Would that be possible? Mate, no experience needed. Consider this a job interview. It'll be about four days but if I... Are you keen? 'Cause it's dead easy. Tuesday till Friday Yeah, no worries. We'll give you full on-the-job training. (Chuckles) Should be good.

No worries, mate. I'll see you in the morning. Every time I come, there's more boxes unpacked, so it gives more confidence that they are going to stay. I hope they do 'cause, look, I really like them and I think they will be great for our community and the community will be great for them.

Like, it's different, different, different. You know? CLAIRE: Is that a tin roof? TONY: Yeah. (Gasps) The next family to arrive are Claire and Tony Moore, the nurses from Canberra.

Oh, it's so beautiful! They're about to see their farmhouse for the first time. At 70 kays out of town, it's a long way if you run out of milk. Landlords David and Mary Watt are there to give them the grand tour. Nice to meet you finally. You too. Hi Mary, I'm Claire. How are you? What do you think, Grace? Big step. Oh, wow, this is great.

This is cosy. Yeah. (Laughs) Can we work with it? (Chuckles) As long as there's no snakes hiding behind the toilet. This room is as big as our house. It's better than what I thought. I always aimed for the worst one, hoped for the best. But it's not too bad because there were some doozie out there

and I think this is quite manageable. It's not exactly the Hilton, but the Moores have struck it lucky - their landlord at least has some cash to spend. We've had a good year. Whereas the last seven-eight years with the drought, the last thing on our minds has been renovating, so the timing's working like that for us, yeah. Septic, yeah, I'm not sure. Tony gets the lowdown on how to kickstart the septic tank...

..Trundle style. Looks like there's water in it, so you might have to get yourself a dead cat to put in there maybe, I'd say, at some stage. Well, because it hasn't been used for that long, it will all... ..the bugs will have died off, so they reckon you throw a dead cat in there and it gets 'em started. Good. And they don't smell. I don't know, that's what the old fellas tell. Um... yeah...

Better lock up your cats. Over at the Guerkes', the honeymoon's over. Dan's kids have managed to bust some of the floorboards on the verandah and the owner's not impressed. You can see here. They've bashed a couple in here. These boards are so old and so brittle that they break like that. So they're danger to anybody who's walking on this verandah basically. Now they've broken and a couple more from here, but obviously, the one's they've broken are obviously brittle and, you know, needed to be pulled up anyway. I mean, these things happen when you've got small kids. And our owner thinks that we are financially liable for his rotten boards, you know? The way he said it to me, we're supposed to replace them. It really pisses me off because Kylie and I have spent the last two weeks working every day of the week on doing something to this place and the gratitude is just overwhelming -

the lack of it, I should say. It's turning into a Nightmare On Elm Street-type deal, you know? If you want one. The verandah over at the Moores' farmhouse is also old and rotten. Each farmer has struck their own deal with their tenant on how much they'll contribute to the renos. The Moores' landlord agrees to pay for all the materials and some of the locals kick in the labour for free. Yeah, I can sort of see us sitting out here on sunlit afternoons, trying to get away from the heat and maybe having a barbeque or something like that. A week of hard yakka and the farmhouse is finally ready

for the patter of little feet. What do you think? Is it pretty good? Where does it go? Let9s see. Oh, I love it. But Dan's just found out that his landlord won't pay for any of the much-needed fix-ups at their place. They did say when we first did it that the owners might decide not to put money into it. But when your place needs so much money put into it, you can't do it. We're a family of what, six people - four kids - and minimum wage makes it harder on us because we've got to come up with all the materials and bits and pieces ourselves. Trundle is classic sheep country... ..and this lot are ripe for shearing. Go back, go back, go right back. Go back, go back, go back. Farmer Ben is waiting for Nabih, his new recruit, to turn up for work. (Whistles) (Dog barks)

There are 400 sheep to be shorn today and Ben is one man down. Nabih is a no-show. Yeah, it made for a busy day, we were short for most of the day. It's been a little bit difficult and I have to say, I'm not at the end of my tether but I am very frustrated with it. At some stage, he's really got to get up and have a bit of a go for himself. Can't keep chasing him forever. Ben found out a few days later that Nabih didn't turn up for shearing because one of his kids was sick. Dan Guerke is desperate set up a handyman business and start earning some money, so he's bought himself a second-hand ute. Where did you get the ute from? In Trundle, darling. How much? Um, 2, 000. 2! 2. Bit expensive, isn't it? No, it's good. How was it on the dirt road? Good. Good, goes well. What do you reckon?

Logos sprayed onto the side - my wife will do that - and then it is basically ready for action. We've spent in excess of $7,500... Getting closer to the ten mark, I would say. Closer to the ten mark, getting down here and getting established. It's important to start... earning... It's vital we start earning some sort of income and we get the cash-roll happening again. It turns out Dan might've been taken for a ride. See this edge here? That's worn so far in on the calliper that that rotor has had it. It means that it's a danger to be driven. I realised it was an old ute when I bought it, but I just didn't realise it was quite that bad. We're feeling the strain of having spent the last bit of money on things that are... ..How can I put it, not very useful. So I don't know what we are going to do, sweetheart. More money. Back in town, the ever-helpful Dol Wright has opened up a storeroom of goods donated for the Tree Changers. Christie, just wondering if you're looking for anything in particular. We are just really looking for a stove because I can't get the other one to bake. Well, we've got two or three that I know of, so do you want to look at them? Well, I'll wait for Nabih to come. He can decide which one he wants. ..Tree Change... Will I be able to bring a family around that would like to look... There's one stove inside but she's just ringing... It looks alright, missing a handle some of the elements are starting to rust. So she is going to call about the other one... Don't worry. ...and then the paint and the tiles is over there, so... What's there? You can go and have a look inside. There's some tubing and some guttering, some bits of wood and stuff. OK. No they didn't, Nabih. That's not what they said. And it's very frustrating that you don't. What? What? Nothing. My bags over there. What happened? Nothing. You want to go home? OK. Alright. WOMAN: What's happening? We're going home. Next time on Country Town Rescue... We haven't had any interviews on the farmers, what sort of characters are putting up these houses? For all we know, they could be bloody mass murderers or anything. I mean... pffft. It's the same thing he keeps bringing up all the time. It's an issue between himself and his landlord, and he needs to be the one and the landlord needs to be, to sort it out between themselves. I just think he'd be very, very proud... that we've done this. They've let us down, sweet. Sorry. Don't be sorry, they've let us down. Closed Captions by CSI

This Program is Captioned Live.

Good evening, I'm Virginia

Haussegger. In news tonight a

Canberra man has been charged with

his mother's murder but it's not yet

clear how she died. Less than 12

hours after the 75 yeard old woman's

body was discovered in her

Yarrallumla home police have

Yarrallumla home police have arrested and charged the 32-year old man. He

is now undergoing an urgent mental

health assesment. The federal

opposition is turning up the heat on

Labor MP Craig Thomson. Fair Work

Australia has found 180 breaches of

workplace laws by the health

workplace laws by the health services union - reviously run by Mr Thomson

the opposition wants the MP to face

the court of public opinion.

Demanding the full 11-hundred page

report be released. Canberrans are

soon to be charged more for water.