Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg.
Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principal of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.
This is the second and final part of the program featuring the life and Times of Gary Fletcher. Born at the beginning of WWII in a very rural outer town of Warburton, Gary learned not only the necessity work hard, but to be driven to succeed. We learn how it was that through receiving some assistance from the son of the then prime Minister of Australia, Robert Menzies, that Gary gained a lucrative contract to build roads in PNG.
The stories come thick and fast and could have formed the script for an adventure movie. They include being held up and having a homemade shotgun held to his head. The gun was fired, but fortunately it jammed!
Gary and his business partner also helped fund local kids’ education, and one of these kids later went on to become a medical doctor, which was something Gary was very proud of.
[Listen To Older Voices receives funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Commonwealth Home Support Program Program]