An intro from Mark

#GOLive – Session 1

GO-Q Culture: Back to the Future

Mikaela Jade’s company Indigital is using technology in incredible ways to look after and preserve Indigenous culture, Country and lore.  Using augmented reality to preserve language and other culture that exists today, Mikaela’s working to create a better future for the cultural caretakers in 2070– we’re talking your 7th generation descendants GO Scholars! Imagine being able to create a complex hologram of an elder that will be able to have a conversation with an Indigenous caretaker in the future.  Well, in partnership with Microsoft, that’s exactly what she’s doing using resources like the HoloLens as a culture preserving technology.

Mikaela is from the Cabrogal people in Sydney – and here to tell you there’s nothing uncool about science class!

Taronga Pass – Animal Vibes

If you feel like winter 2020 has been more like a never-ending sleepover, you’re not alone.  The residents of Taronga are also clamouring out of hibernation to welcome Spring – and visitors again. QBE, a founding partner of GO, is kindly offering free day passes for GO families who’d like to visit Taronga Zoo Sydney or Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo. To organise your one-day Zoo pass to Sydney or Dubbo (big thanks to QBE!), email Celine at GO on In the meantime, checkout the new live cams on Taronga TV including baby elephant calf Jai – you may even catch him swimming.

Australia Remastered – Wildlife Time Machine

ABC TV has delved into the archives to weave together the best of all their natural history film into an amazing documentary series called Australia Remastered.  Here’s a sneak peek. Indigenous actor Aaron Pederson is the host of the series that’s full of spectacular unseen footage of the Australian landscape, birds, animals, critters and everything else that makes our Country unique. It’s a time machine too; the footage goes back 50 years, so you’ll experience the untouched beauty of the Australia that your parents and grandparents grew up with.  Australia Remastered is 22 parts on ABC1, Sunday’s at 6pm, and you can watch it anytime on iview.

Kids Helpline – Available 24/7

Kids Helpline has recently added some great content, podcasts and videos to their quarantine, iso and lockdown website pages, as pandemic life in 2020 stretches on, and on. There’s something for every age group, as well as help for parents and guardians.

Kids Helpline teamed up with Totally Wild to create a great video staring three teens telling their pandemic stories and including a Kids Helpline counsellor with some great tips. Watch it here.

There’s also podcast series HRU, produced with Pedestrian TV, covers issues from peer pressure to navigating finances and dealing with relationships and study stress. For ages 18 – 25, HRU is a safe and open place for conversation around mental health and the issues that you face. New episodes are released every week. You can check HRU out here.

Helpful Covid-19 Contacts

  • You can find all the latest COVID-19 details for NSW schools, universities, and childcare here, and details about SA schools here.
  • Visit for the latest health advice or call the 24-hour National COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 020 080.
  • Visit the Department of Social Services for the latest information about COVID-19 assistance and support services.
  • Ask Izzy is a free and anonymous website where you can search over 360,000 services to find food, housing, counselling, legal advice, and a whole lot more. Ask Izzy’s Facebook page is also full of useful info.
  • Kids Helpline has a special COVID-19 information page, which is a great resource, and there’s someone to talk to 24/7 online or by phoning 1800 551 800.

Until next time, stay well and safe GO families.