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316 – Life in Port Adelaide

316 - Life in Port Adelaide on The Adelaide Show Podcast

In this week’s episode of The Adelaide Show, we are going to Port Adelaide, where echose of Carn The Pear have faded now that the minor premiers are out of Grand Final contention. However, the nature of Port Adelaide is to weather storms. And to plumb the depths of Port culture, we have some special guests:
Mayor of Port Adelaide Enfiled, Claire Boan
Local businessman and former char of the Port Adelaide Magpies, Bruce McFarlane
And local publican, Heidi Barreau

The SA Drink Of The Week is from Pirate Life Brewing.

In the Musical Pilgrimage, Courtney Robb shares a song for which the music video was shot in and around the Port.

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Running Sheet: Life in Port Adelaide

00:00:00 Intro

Introduction to the show.

00:00:00 SA Drink Of The Week

The SA Drink Of The Week is Pirate Life Prison Bar Ale, the commemorative beer to mark the 2020 premiership endeavour of Port Adelaide. And we’re tasting it with Nemisia and Ed from Pirate Life Brewing.

00:17:30 Claire, Bruce, and Heidi

I’ve lived all over Adelaide and overseas, but I’ve never lived in Port Adelaide. In fact, my earliest memories of anything “Port” was that my dad barracked for The Magpies in the SANFL, whereas I barracked for Glenelg; and encounters between those two teams were always brusing affairs with the Bays limping home bruised (especially thanks to Dave Granger, who dad later worked with). But the Port of today bears little resemblence to the Port of my youth, at least in parts, and to help us navigate this dynamic community, we have mayor, Claire Boan, local businessman, owner of the British Hotel, and part of the Adelaide Business Hub, Bruce McFarlance, and local publican from The Lighthouse Wharf Hotel, Heidi Barreau.

Firstly, Heidi, are you comfortable being in a put that’s not yours?

I mentioned my first experiences of Port Adelaide earlier; I’d love to know yours:

Bruce, you’ve been chair of the Port Magpies and as I said, my formative thoughts about the Port all developed through the lens of the footy team.
How significant is the club’s link to the community?
Does the footy club lens give an accurate insight into the Port
Do Port people feel their team’s success or failures more deeply than others? If so, why? And if so, is that healthy?

Just before we leave the stereotypes of Port people having no teeth, etc, Claire, do you encounter any snobbery when you’re mixing with other mayors from across Adelaide, or when spruiking your community in business circles?

Is there a gentrification of Port Adelaide underway? Are hipsters and artists blending well with “workers” and wharfies?

It’s interesting that Pirate Life and Big Shed Brewing were mentioned in the paper today, with Treasurer Rob Lucas saying government support for them had hurt West End. Firstly, has the Port benefited from a beer-led recovery?
Heidi, does beer outsell wine in The Port, especially compared to other pubs in the Barreau Group?

Bruce, I note you were previously involved with the Adelaide Business Hub (where I am also involved in running marketing and social media training and mentoring). What’s your reading of the community’s aptitude and drive when it comes to business and entrepreneurship? Are certain sectors more “at home” in The Port?

What are your favourite spots around Port Adelaide?

00:48:52 Musical Pilgrimage

In the musical pilgrimage, we have a song, Next Disaster by Courtney Robb.

Courtney wrote this song about an old boss of hers, who would shoot his mouth off without thinking and then act like nothing had happened moments later. Many times in life, Courtney’s come across folks like this, who have so much anger inside them… yet it comes from a place of deep sorrow. When she performs this song live, if she doesn’t introduce it… 99% of the time, people think it is about an abusive romantic relationship. Mel and Johan from Kickass Chick Flicks assumed this too… and Courtney was happy to let them run with that idea for the video. They did such an amazing job crafting this delicate narrative starring Eva Grzelak, set to a backdrop of iconic Port Adelaide locations.

Here’s this week’s preview video.

SFX: Throughout the podcast we use free sfx from for the harp, the visa stamp, the silent movie music, the stylus, the radio signal sfx, the wine pouring and cork pulling sfx, and the swooshes around Siri.

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