Bravehearts teaches Mount Isa kids personal safety

More than 1400 children were this week taught important personal safety knowledge and skills when Bravehearts acclaimed education program 'Ditto's Keep Safe Adventure Show' visited six schools and two early learning centres in Mount Isa. 

Through Ditto, the Bravehearts lion mascot, the 40-minute live production tailored for children aged from three to eight effectively teaches strategies and skills to stay safe in a range of situations from bullying to sexual assault. 

The North West Star and ABC Far North Queensland came along to Townview State School on Monday to see the show. 

Mount Isa schools and early learning centres are just some of the 150 to see the program in north Queensland this year through Bravehearts Cairns education team which will see 26,000 children this year. 

Having reached 440,000 children nationally since 2008, the Ditto show is gaining momentum with an increasing number of schools and child care centres playing a key role in preventing a crime that will affect one in five Australian children in some way before they turn 18. 

Learn about Ditto and request a visit at your school here

ABC Open - The Skateboard Maker

Have you ever had the urge to chuck in your day job and just do the thing you love?
Well that is exactly what Palm Beach man Jimmy Kakanis did about two years ago when he took up skateboard making full time.

This is the intro to the ABC Open story about the man behind Cottage Skateboards. In a world of multi-platform 24-hour media, ABC Open illustrates the simple beauty of a good local yarn. 

Watch the video below or read the full story here