South Morang’s Adam Roach recently launched a podcast sharing stories of the people that call the northern suburbs home.
What’s your connection to the City of Whittlesea and how long have you lived there?
I moved to Mill Park with my parents in 1977 when I was six years old and stayed there until I was 26. Since then I have been living in South Morang. I went to Mill Park Primary and then to Greenwood High School (Bundoora Secondary College). I have been working full-time as an instrumental music teacher for the past 20 years in Eltham and privately at my home studio in South Morang.
What do you like about where you live?
It is affordable and now we have everything here without going into the city or faraway places – car yards, large shopping centres, schools and universities.
What, if anything, would you change?
The only thing I believe we are missing is a variety of places to go to see live entertainment. We have a few, but it would be good to have more variety rather than going into the city. I know we have a lot of good musicians in the northern suburbs, but unfortunately they have to travel for work when it comes to live music.
You recently started a podcast interviewing people from the northern suburbs. How did that come about?
I started publishing a guitar podcast in July, 2017, where I interviewed different guitarists from around the world. But I wanted to do something closer to home, so I started the Melbourne-Northern Suburbs podcast.
Why was it important to you to share the stories of people living in the north?
I really wanted to help promote local businesses and hear stories of how they first got started. Also to inspire more people in the northern suburbs to follow their dreams and start their own business. Some of my interviews include people that run charity events and festivals … I thought it would be a great way for people to find out more about them, as well.
Where is your favourite local place to spend time?
I would have to say Westfield as the kids love the playground while my wife and I can eat then shop.