Bob McMahon sat down with Ray Norman and trawled through his "Tassie File". This file has been growing for decades. Importantly, Bob's camera goes with him almost everywhere he goes. Bob has seen more of Tasmania than most and he has been to places most haven't – sometimes as the very first person to go there when it comes to some cliff faces.
Bob has been an engaged Tasmanian with a camera in his hand since he was a small boy in Stanley. He is also a social activist who has been in some way or other 'taking on an issue' – big and small issues – for his entire adult life – and typically with a passion.
If you are going to have a conversation about "Tasmanian Disconnections" Bob is a good person to sit down with. If you are interrogating Tasmanian placedness Bob has insights that need to be listened to.
An introduction to Bob McMahon – "Passionate, creative, opinionated, rogue, historian, climber, walker, wine-lover, teacher, grandfather, activist, writer – are all words that could be used to describe Tasmanian Robert McMahon. Bob lives in the Tamar Valley where he works as an outdoor instructor, but he is also the spokesperson for TAP into a Better Tasmania, a community-based organisation that was formed in response to the proposal to build Gunns’ controversial pulp mill. An avid reader and writer, Bob approaches life with the kind of zest that you can only admire. His latest project is a walk around the coast of Tasmania, a journey he is about 1200 kilometres into. He was recently in Melbourne for a bit of R & R (an ACDC concert and some reading in the parks), so we strong-armed him for a few words of wisdom." ... www.wild.com.au