About Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson has a Master’s Degree in Journalism, an Executive Certificate in Event Management and a few other quals under her belt. She has a nose for news and loves writing about the people who make the region very special indeed.

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Andy Johns’ people-first approach gives Corrigans Cove Resort fresh appeal
Best of Region
When you meet Andy Johns, it only takes a nanosecond to get that he loves people. So, it's no surprise that from a very young age, Andy was determined to pursue a career in hospitality and hotels. Today that determination sees him at the 4.5-star Corrigans Cove Resort in Batemans Bay - a premium venue that’s a favourite with Canberra clients...
Artist Krystal Hurst’s love of natural materials
Arts & Culture
Tiny banded kelp shells, pipis and seaweed beads speak to 32-year-old Krystal Hurst, a proud Worimi woman and jewellery designer, painter and print-maker who now makes Ngunnawal country home. Krystal spent many peaceful hours walking beautiful sandy beaches collecting the materials for a one-off, handmade, statement necklace measuring 50cm wide by 30cm deep. Her efforts have paid off and Krystal...
WildTalk cares for the carers saving our national treasures
Health & Wellbeing
When Frances Carleton started caring for the carers of Australian wildlife, she took an average of four calls a month. Since Boxing Day, she’s taken more than 70 calls. WildTalk is Australia’s first counselling service dedicated to the wildlife carers who pour their hearts and souls into looking after sick and injured wildlife. The level of distress has catapulted during...
Lisa’s very personal quest to understand grief
Arts & Culture
When someone near and dear to us is dealing with grief we naturally want to help. But do we understand grief and loss well enough to be able to do so? Lisa Wylie says many of us don’t. And many of us don’t know how to cope when we’re grieving. The topic inspired Lisa to write her first novel, Dear...
Award-winning Nick O’Leary in expansive mood with plans to double size of winery
Food & Wine
Nick O’Leary has produced some of the very best cool climate wines across the Canberra region, winning multiple awards along the way. What’s more rewarding to Nick, well beyond the trophies and accolades, is the support from restaurants, independent liquor stores and individual wine lovers. “We wouldn’t be here today without them,” says Nick. Situated in the picturesque Hall Valley,...
Action-packed performance from the streets will have The Q jumping
What's On
It’s high energy and a thrilling celebration of the will to succeed. Jump First, Ask Later—on for one night only at The Q in Queanbeyan—captures the stories of six young people from the vibrant streets of Western Sydney who are champions of underground parkour and street-style community. Parkour is a training discipline using movement developed from military obstacle course training....
Feast for all tastes at 25th Canberra International Music Festival
What's On
The Canberra International Music Festival (CIMF) will bring music to the ears of all Canberrans with its 2019 program, launching 2 May. At the helm of the Festival is Artistic Director Roland Peelman, a brilliant pianist and one of Australia’s most innovative musical directors. The exciting lineup—all the more special since the CIMF is celebrating its 25th year—offers something for...
Want to be the next owner of the Rollonin cafe and a piece of history at Bowning?
Rural romance. A home that tells a thousand stories. A property that oozes history and charm. Welcome to 142 Bowning Road, in the quaint historic village of Bowning, Yass Valley. This fully restored 1840s home, set on an eight-acre block, offers an intimate country experience, but with modern features that make life truly comfortable. "There’s no other home like it,"...
Cooma’s Charly Thorn back at FASHFEST with Cuban-inspired collection
Arts & Culture
When Charly Thorn was just 17 years of age, she presented her first full fashion collection on the runway at FASHFEST—the youngest designer to ever do so in the capital’s annual fashion event. One of her gowns was worn by supermodel Anneliese Seubert and guests were so impressed with Charly’s fashion they gave her a standing ovation. "It’s a moment...