About Jane Speechley

Jane Speechley is an experienced freelance writer whose natural curiosity and interest in cars mean she knows enough to hold a decent conversation. While happily admitting her Toyota 86 makes promises her street driving can’t quite keep, she’s relishing the opportunity to explore motoring from an 'everywoman' perspective, and to learn more about how, what and where Canberrans drive.

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I hadn’t ridden in over a decade – and then, along came a Spyder…
Business
We've asked the question before - are two wheels better than four? That may be true - but what about three wheels? As Region Media's resident motoring writer, and one of few staff members who have a valid motorcycling licence, I was recently invited to review the remarkable Can-Am Spyder. If the name doesn't ring a bell, you'll likely recognise...
‘Cheers Mate’: Canberra’s latest vodka, raising awareness of mental health in hospitality
Food & Wine
Recently, we brought you news that a brand new variety of glittery colour-changing, unicorn-themed vodka had been launched in Canberra, and it was a huge hit. Now, the local entrepreneur behind that sparkling drink is on a new mission, to start a conversation about mental health in the hospitality industry. And it's a conversation that starts with 'the world's most...
The best places to take your PWC this weekend
Community
They’re described by some as ‘the most fun you can have sitting down’ but if you’ve never ridden a personal watercraft (PWC) – like a Sea-Doo or jet-ski – before, it can be hard to know where to start. As Kane Piper from the Canberra Motorcycle Centre said to us recently, “PWCs are not a huge part of our business...
Here’s a fun little road trip you can take this weekend …
What's On
You don’t have head east to enjoy an awesome day out on the water, turn around and head inland to Burrinjuck Dam this Sunday. Okay. It's @#$%&*! hot. The kids are really annoying bored, and there are weeks of school holidays left yet. WEEKS. You're dying to get out and burn off some of that Christmas, ahem, 'energy' - but...
Puppy love: Colourful ‘cuddlepillars’ the new craze for dishlickers
Community
Nature is full of unusual pairings, and more than any other species, dogs seem happy to be friends with just about anyone. You don't have to look far to find the lovely story of the Labrador who was best friends with an elephant; the hound who adopted a baby owl; Fred the retriever and his buddy, Dennis the duck; and...
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