CY-logoFor the final episode in this series of Centralian Yarns, we find out about the meteoric rise of a Facebook group called Growing Up In Alice Springs. We meet the woman behind the FaceBook group – Gina Livesay Sutton – and hear how this social network almost never happened!

Growing Up In Alice Springs was formed in 2012 and went viral, growing within a few weeks to almost 10,000 members.  To put this in context, that is over one third of the current population of Alice Springs.  Gina is still amazed at the speed and scale of growth.

We hear about why Gina set up the group, who helped her, and also some of the stories, connections and developments that have happened since it began.

Gina with her dog Susan.

Gina with her dog Susan.

Broadcasts: Tuesday 19 November 2013 at 5.30pm on 8CCC Community Radio 102.1FM (NT time) and streaming live on

Repeated: Following Friday at 9am and Sunday at 5.00pm

Producer:   Joy Taylor

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Growing Up in Alice Springs Group

The music featured in today’s program was Clear Blue Sky by the group Afterlife, from their album Speck of Gold, on the Australian label One World Music.