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Right around this vast country, there are proud communities
full of surprises and characters with a fighting spirit. I'm Heather Ewart
and I'm hitting the back roads, where you just never know
who you'll meet. # You're the fire and the flood # And I always feel you in my blood # Everything is fine # When your head's resting
next to mine, next to mine # You're the fire and the flood. # This time, I'm heading to Cygnet,
in Tasmania's Huon Valley, about an hour's drive
south of Hobart. In days gone by, when Tasmania
became known as the Apple Isle, these hills were covered in orchards. Today,
most of the apple trees are gone, but Cygnet's reputation
for gourmet produce is blossoming. The town has grown into a haven for boaties
and runaways from the city. So, yeah,
we're just mainlanders, really... ..that couldn't hack it! (LAUGHS) The so-called tree changes
are bringing in new talents and new ways of doing things. They come in here
and they've got ideas. They want to change this
and they want to change that. I can understand why people may
just want it back the way it was, but that ain't going to happen. So, how is this wave of newcomers
changing Cygnet? And how is the town coping with
the old rubbing up against the new? I'm here to find out. Lindsay, what a life.
Can you handle this? (CHUCKLES) Yeah, it's not bad.
Yeah, not bad at all. This is a great boat. What is it? It's a coota boat,
and, yeah, we've restored it. It was an old boat. It was 1929 we think
it was originally built, yeah. So, what sort of place is Cygnet? Um, it's a pretty groovy place. There's heaps
of interesting people here. The hippies - original hippies -
that came in the late '60s, and musicians, artists, farmers. I mean, everything, yeah. Lindsay Wood came to Cygnet
to work as a boat builder. He arrived from Sydney
back in the early '90s. So, you've seen the place
really change over the years. Yes. Yeah. I mean, all the old stuff's
still there, but it's just like layers now. There's layers of
different things happening. Where do you fit in? Oh, I don't know! (LAUGHS) I just...I just try and fit in!
(LAUGHS) That was a great sail.
Yeah. Yeah, it wasn't bad at all. Bit of wind at the end there. Lindsay's taking me to his boatshed
to meet some of his mates. Yeah. Oh, this looks wonderful. Hi, everyone.
Hey. How you going? MAN: G'day.
This is Ian. Heather. Hi, Ian.
G'day, Heather. Good to meet you.
Welcome to the boatshed. Thank you. So, is this where
you worked on your boat? Yes. Yeah, yeah. Right next door there -
on the slipway next door. Yeah.
And how long did that take you? Oh, about seven years, wasn't it?
Yeah, seven years of Mondays. Seven years of Mondays.
(LAUGHS) That's it, yeah.
Seven years of Mondays? Yeah. Hope it was worth the wait. Well, you know, you know,
everyone hates Mondays, but we got to love Mondays
because it was a great time to work on the boat and, you know,
enjoy the company of mates. Yeah.
I see lots of yachts out there. Do they gather here as well,
the people that own those? Or what happens?
Oh, sure, yeah. Yeah, sailing's a big part
of this town. I mean, we've got
the sailing club next door and they organise their races
every weekend. Never the twain shall meet.
(LAUGHS) Never the twain shall meet! So, why is it
never the twain shall meet? I guess, um, they have more rules
than what we do, don't they? Mm.
Yeah, the rules. We don't have any rules, do we? Not really.
No. It's changed now. It's more like
a mainland sailing club, perhaps. We don't drink chardonnay
when we're sailing. (LAUGHS) Well, yeah,
that's part of it! I've checked out Lindsay's boatshed. Now I'm curious to see
just how different things are at the sailing club. (WHISTLE BLOWS) I've been invited to join
the racing crew onboard Varg. Once we get cracking, we could do
with everybody up on the rail. It's owned by professional
photographer Kraig Carlstrom, a runaway from Sydney. (SHOUTING) Kraig, what a beautiful boat. It's a classic racing yacht,
1920s vintage, so she's 90, 95 years old. Kraig brought the wreck of the Varg
to Cygnet from Sydney to be restored by one of the town's
traditional wooden boat builders. Did that cost a penny or two? We thought it was going
to cost $400,000, but it ended up costing
$1.3 million. Wow.
Yeah. Was it worth it?
Um, well, I think it is, yes. I mean, we have a lot
of adventures on this boat and there's a lot more to come. During his visits to Cygnet, Kraig fell in love with the place
and moved here seven years ago. The sailing club is
a big part of his life. So, we have the boatshed
next to the sailing club. Mm-hm.
What's all that about? Oh, you mean the little boatsheds?
Yeah. Oh, look, that's just
a bunch of guys that... ..perhaps are a bit less formal
than the yacht club people that just want
to sort of sit back there and have a few drinks
and relax and chat and maybe build a boat
or work on something and... Yeah, they're just
a good bunch of friends that just don't want,
I suppose, committees and all that sort of stuff
annoying them, you know. # Tiny bubbles # In the wine
# In the wine... # Kraig reckons a lot of boat owners
move to Cygnet because it's much cheaper
to moor a yacht here. There's no spaces here
for any more moorings. It's full, basically. So, that's a big change
from the past, isn't it? Yeah, massive change. They say this is where
old boats come to die... (LAUGHS) we've got
a lot of old boats out there. Is this where
old boat owners come to die? As well, yes.
(LAUGHS) Very much so. # Love you to the end of time
# Oh, yeah! # I'm picking up a few things already about how this invasion
of cashed-up mainlanders and retirees is changing this town. There are more boats, for one thing, and more money to go around
in the town and in the valley. Thank you!
(APPLAUSE) I want to hear
what the old-timers think about these newcomers. Good evening, everybody.
Welcome to the bingo. At the local bowls club,
the president, Greg Coad, would love to see
some of the new folk join in. Legs 11. He calls the bingo here
most Wednesday nights. Two little ducks, 22. It raises money for the club,
which is now struggling for numbers. All the fives, 55. The newcomers, you see 'em.
They buy a house. For the first 12 months, two years,
they tear it apart, rebuild it, and get themselves involved, and they just don't...don't turn up,
don't appear. Four and six, 46. You don't know what they're doing?
No. No, you never see 'em. They get themselves involved
in their own circle. And that's not bingo?
No, that's not bingo. Bingo! A lot of people
don't like bingo. No. Greg Coad's family has been in Cygnet
for four generations. (MOOING) He wants to show me
the farm he grew up on. (COWS MOO) (WHISTLES) Go on! Go on! Come on. Come on. Come on. So, everyone knows you around here?
Oh, yeah. (LAUGHS) If they don't, they ought to. (COWS MOO) Oh! Now, THAT is a view!
Beautiful view. Years ago, there used to be
over 200 acres of orchard through this valley. And there used to be
somewhere around Cygnet... About 120 people in apple season
used to work down here. And now you can't even see
an orchard. Not one. In the '70s, the government
paid farmers like Greg to dig up the apple trees after Britain joined
the European Common Market, and Tasmania lost
its biggest export customer. Bit windy up here, though. Oh, yeah.
Blow the milk out of your tea. (BOTH LAUGH) Over the decades, Greg has seen
all sorts of blow-ins come to town. What do you reckon
is the biggest challenge facing the town at the moment, when you do have
this mixture of people? I reckon education's got
a lot to do with it. The newer sort of people
that's moved into the town are... They're well-educated people,
whereas the locals like myself, probably most of us left
in Grade 8 or Grade 7 and just got on with life
and worked for a living. No doubt the newcomers
work for a living, but they're a lot better educated
and they know what they... They know what they want. We just bumble along. (CHUCKLES) We're happy with it, though. How do you feel about that? Some of them are a little bit pushy,
but you've got to go with the flow. What do you mean by 'pushy'? They come in here
and they've got ideas. They want to change this
and they want to change that, which, when you're used to a thing,
you don't want to change. One of the biggest challenges
facing the locals is that mainland buyers are snapping up
most of the real estate in Cygnet. Prices have tripled
in the past 15 years. For old-time farmers like Greg, I can understand the temptation
to cash in. He recently sold a slice of his farm to a couple of new Tasmanians who are putting in a vineyard. I have sold 52 acres. Yes, I have sold that. And I certainly got
a good price for it. I'm happy, yeah. What sort of price are you talking? Well, I bought it for... Bought it back in 1971 for $7,000, and I recently sold it for $300,000. And gave the daughter
eight acres off it on the back end for nothing,
which is good value. Not a bad little profit there.
Oh, it's good profit. Not bad for a rainy day.
Better than superannuation. (LAUGHS) Yeah. While Greg's made the most
of the real estate boom, he's not so keen
on one idea being pushed to beautify the main street. They want to put a piazza,
I think they call it, on the Cygnet...Cygnet parking area,
which is...not feasible because it is a parking area
and it should stay as a parking area for the Catholic church
and communication for the schools, so the kids can be picked up
and dropped off at school. And I think it'd be
a lot of inconvenience if they'd ever done it. At the Sunday market
held around the town hall, I get a real sense
of the broad mix of people who call Cygnet home these days. I've come along to meet the town's
most well-known tree changer. Hello?
Oh! Hi. Posie?
Yes, hello! Posie Graeme-Evans is a writer
and TV and film producer. What a great little market.
It is. It's all about food. Um, in fact, the produce from here
is world-class. You see it now
in television, magazines. You've got to beat them off
with sticks... (LAUGHS) ..which is great for the economy
of the neighbourhood. Absolutely. And we've got something
fairly special here too. Ooh!
Yeah, look. Yum. Can we have a try?
MAN: Yeah. We've got goat's cheese.
This is goat's cheese? Yes.
So, this is all made locally? It is, yes, from Cygnet. 6km out of Cygnet...
Oh! ..on top of the hill, yes. So, this is the very fresh one. Oh! Cuts so beautifully. Good?
Mm-mm-mm! More-ish? Good. I kind of think of this as OUR hill. We know every car
that comes up this road, you know. If you see another car,
you go, "Who is that?" (LAUGHS) While Posie was living in Sydney, she created the highly successful
television drama McLeod's Daughters, all about women
living on an outback cattle station. I was missing the natural world,
Heather. I really was. I was missing not seeing the sunset. I was missing not hearing birds
when I woke up. And, you know, McLeod's... When we made McLeod's,
it was my surrogate. It was my way
of living in the country when I couldn't live in the country. It's true. That is a true story.
And now you really are. Now we really are
and we've got a cattle farm. It's hilarious! Come with me. There's something
I want to show you, Heather. Ooh! What?
(LAUGHS) Come this way. Come this way. Wow! Now you can look!
I can see why you live here now. How stunning.
(LAUGHS) Would you like a cup of tea?
I would love a cup of tea. Kitchen's over here.
That's just gorgeous. Never saw a plant stall
I didn't like. (LAUGHS) Posie and her husband,
Andrew Blaxland, gave up city life to run cattle and
cottage accommodation on the farm. (LAUGHS) Andrew, do you feel that you are
still very much a newcomer here? Oh, yes. I think we always will. I mean, 'cause we didn't go
to school here and... You say,
"Yes, you're an outsider..." We are outsiders, but I think a community like this
has got lots of layers to it, and you can find your own level. And what we love,
or I love, I must say, you know, down at the market,
people know you, and you know them, and, um, you sometimes hold up
queues for a cup of coffee 'cause you're exchanging gossip. Or you go down there
and you see someone you know and so you stop the car
in the middle of the street. Now, you know,
it's hard enough to do in Cygnet 'cause it gets quite busy. It gets quite busy in Cygnet now! But it's...
Not at night. Not at night!
(ALL LAUGH) Andrew and Posie tell me when
they bought their farm 10 years ago, the locals were wary
of the new arrivals. I think there was
a fair bit of suspicion probably 10 or 20 years ago. You know, "Who are these people
driving up house prices?" Now I feel like, um, because we work on these houses, there's a lot more work
in the valley. Electricians and carpenters
and tradesmen stay here because they can earn
a very good living. But change is hard. I think it's a good thing, but I can understand why people may
just want it back the way it was, but that ain't going to happen. So, this is the office?
Yeah. Is that where we're going, I assume? Yeah, this was
an old dairy building. When Posie escaped the city, she was able to bring
her work with her. And, um, 60 cows came in here a day. New technology has made
all the difference. I work with people in the States,
work with people in Sydney. I've got the nbn liner site
over the bay, and that means that
the speed of my computer downloads and all the rest of it
are fantastic. So, listen, tell me... Just walk me through
with the special effects of the big sequence at the end. That's also expanded. What's been
really interesting was... Do you feel that there are
other like-minded people here in Cygnet, working as you do?
Absolutely. This place has, um... stiff with creative people. These valleys,
they're all hidden up here - writers, painters, photographers. And I think the sea and the water
is very important. (WOMAN SINGS) Well-known creative professionals
like Posie are the lucky ones. I'm learning others have to wear
a few hats to make a living here. (WOMAN CONTINUES SINGING) (MUSIC STOPS, APPLAUSE) Though Helen Thomson
is a classically trained soprano, today, she's doing repairs
on a straw-bale house. # Oh, how I love my tea # Tea in the afternoon # I can't do without it # So I think I'll have
another cup very (OPERATICALLY) # Very soon. # Here you go, Helen. It's like you're psychic
or something. Helen quit her musical career
in Europe to move to Cygnet. My partner and I
started having a conversation about how the world
was going to hell in a handcart, and we had a big think about
what it was that we could, and wanted to do about that, and we bought a parcel of land
here in the region, and did the whole tree change thing, and went from being respectively
a professional gardener and a professional singer to being professional
earth builders. Helen juggles building houses
with singing and vocal coaching, and a host of other jobs. You've got to cast a broad net here. And also, it's useful
to be reasonably inventive about how it is
that you meet your needs, you know, like doing with less
or bartering or, um, yeah, labour exchanges,
or any of that stuff. I got as far as the second coat. As is the way in Cygnet, Helen and the owner of the house,
Michael Gissing, have struck a deal. Um, Michael and I have arranged to swap some lime render repair
for meat. Oh. And Michael's meat
is really extraordinarily good meat. It's grass-fed. Tastes amazing. So, that's
a pretty good deal for you. It works for me. Is that how things work
here in Cygnet? Oh, it certainly does, yes.
(CHUCKLES) # An oyster cut me by the sea... # Michael is another Cygnet resident
who's fled Sydney. He's a sound engineer -
one of the best in the business - and he's built a studio
in his house in the hills. # My daddy would tell me slow down
There's no need... # Today, he's working with
home-grown talent Asta Binnie, who's come back to visit
after a national tour. # I wanted a boy who... # It's true. Up in these hills, it's easy to find
all sorts of artistic talents. That's good for me.
Is that good? That sounds great, yeah.
OK, cool. (SHEEP BAA) I can see why
so many people choose to live in this beautiful corner of Tasmania. But the reason newcomers stay is the connections they make
in a small community. There may be the odd friction, but what all the residents love is that, in Cygnet,
everyone has a place and a name. WOMAN: So,
this is Gordon's scrapbook. They tell me
there's no better testament to that than the experience
of newcomer Ginger Nutt. "Nutt - what a cracker." That's a good headline.
(LAUGHS) Yeah. In his younger days,
Ginger's husband, Gordon, played football for
the legendary English club Arsenal. And this is my favourite photo
from the football days. After he was diagnosed
with Alzheimer's disease in 2007, Ginger wanted to find him
a safe refuge to live out his final years. We lived on 45 acres,
so we had to move. And initially, I was going
to move in to Hobart, but then I... It just occurred to me
that it would be... We would be just isolated
in a suburb, and we needed a community,
a country town, and so I picked Cygnet,
and that's why we came. By the time they moved to Cygnet,
Gordon had lost most of his speech, but he loved music, and could sing
and play the ukulele with Ginger. He only had a few phrases left, the main one being,
"This, that and the other," which has actually come into
the lexicon of Cygnet. People use it all the time now. But Gordon was still physically fit
and could walk all day. This is where
Gordon used to walk daily - up and down, up and down. Four or five times, maybe six,
into all the shops. No wonder they all knew him.
They did indeed! But he used to tidy the shelves
and tidy the counters.