In 2019, About Regional’s team shared their thoughts and insights about the issues that matter to residents of South East NSW and beyond. Here’s a look back at some of our most-read opinion pieces of the year.
Transport infrastructure and rail times in the Goulburn region were key issues in the closely fought battle for the seat of Goulburn in March, and with the NSW Government’s Fast Rail Strategy expected to be delivered before the end of 2019, all eyes were on what it might contain for the ACT and Goulburn region.
by Elka Wood
“Muuuum, I need a shirt with more colours on it! It’s for Crocodile, Crocodile and I don’t get a turn because I’m always wearing the same colours – grey, blue, black…” Elka Wood was shocked to discover that her seven-year-old was right: there was an awful lot of navy blue in his wardrobe. Here’s a look back at the discussion about gendered clothing for kids.
80 prominent Australians ranging from author Thomas Keneally to former Department of Defence secretary Paul Barrett, and even the Australian War Memorial’s former director Brendon Kelson have joined their voices to the protest against the AWM’s half-billion-dollar expansion, Genevieve Jacobs reported in March.
The long list of prominent Australians wrote an open letter via the Honest History website, saying that the extension “cannot be justified, they show the Memorial is being given preference over other national institutions, and the money could be better spent.
Lisa Herbert’s heart sank as she scrolled through the comments on a Facebook post about the ‘welcome refugees’ signs in the Bega Valley. She had always felt welcomed and cared for in the region, but the strength of the hatred in some of the Facebook comments truly surprised her.
The Eurobodalla’s Kate Raymond is passionate about food and the impact it can have on people and the planet. During 2019, she share her wisdom and experience in her Local Table series – no guilt or baggage, just good words to get you thinking and maybe taking action.
Longtime youth advocate, performer and dance teacher Cayce Hill watched the recent discussion around tighter regulation of music events and festivals with interest during the year. While much of the debate has centred on pill testing Cayce says that she sees other issues at play.
In February, Tim Gavel picked up on growing concerns in the Canberra cycling community following the recent death of one of their own. The tragic circumstances Tim outlined follow the death of David Brand in 2018 west of Pambula in a road rage incident.
My summers seem to have a soundtrack. An album that rolls around in the background replacing the stress of the previous year.
Ian Campbell’s soundtrack for the summer of 86/87 was John Farnham’s Whispering Jack. In 94/95 it was Jeff Buckley’s Grace, and in 2009/10 Malk by The Saltwater Band mixed with bush cricket and cooking. But in 2018/19, the soundtrack of summer was on-hold music from Telstra.
2019 saw renewed discussion about access to cannabis oil for the treatment of chronic health conditions. Two years ago the Therapeutic Goods Administration tried to bring security to the increasing trade, but those who benefit from the therapy say those regulations make the oil hard to access and that they still rely on the black market. The Bega Valley’s Amanda Dalziel added her very personal experience to the conversation.
Do you think the decision to build an ocean outfall at Merimbula should be revisited or are we too far down the track? The issue was on Ian Campbell’s mind during the year – perhaps a little too much, he writes. Here’s why it’s a big deal.