Opinion

Opinion
How often does the story of a smiling woman photographed in France make the headlines? Rarely, if at all, but...
Opinion
After two decades of tumultuous change in the news industry, local media is arguably more important than ever. Huge financial...
Sport
I am not privy to the Brumbies’ financial position but the lack of crowd numbers to their home games must...
The hits and misses of walking along country roads
Opinion
You don't see many walkers out on country roads these days. As a culture, we've slowly moved to the commonly-held belief that the only people who have to walk on roads are hitchhikers, down-and-outs, and those whose car has failed them. Instead, we most often save our walking efforts for safely designated paths and tracks. So much so that I...
Vale Enrico Taglietti: Canberra thanks you
Opinion
Canberra is a city with a strong sense of heritage. Most Canberrans know about the landscape and design principles of the Griffin Plan and have embraced the 'Bush Capital’ idea as an extension of 19th and 20th century ‘Garden city’ theories and philosophies. But with so much renewal going on, we can sometimes pass by places with significant heritage value sitting...
Double standards: What do we really want from sports stars?
Sport
As the fall out continues at a national and international level over a range of issues concerning player behaviour, free speech and genetic makeup, it is becoming increasingly clear that there has never been more division over community expectations. Rugby Australia acted on Israel Folau, saying his views don’t reflect those of the national governing body. And surely concerns about...
TEDx Sydney back in Bega on May 24, get your tickets here and now
What's On
Over the last two years, TEDx Sydney has found a home in the hearts and minds of the Bega Valley. For a third consecutive year About Regional and the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre are partnering to bring this day of ideas and conversation to Bega for a unique day of thinking and inspiration. TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to spreading...
Batemans Bay voters ‘fish’ for clarity
Opinion
Swinging is all the rage in Batemans Bay with most voters I spoke to still undecided on who will get their vote in the upcoming federal election on May 18. "I’ve grown up on my own so I use my culture as my guidance and make my own political choices," says Luke. "I’m undecided, it’s my third time voting. I’m...
What’s in a name? The case for the Brumbies to re-introduce ‘ACT’ into its name
Sport
The renewed push by television broadcasters calling on the names of Super Rugby teams to better reflect where the teams come from can’t come soon enough. Last weekend the Brumbies played the Lions. They also face the Stormers, the Sharks, the Bulls, the Blues, the Highlanders and the Hurricanes, amongst other teams in Super Rugby. I would suggest that outside...
Violence in schools: a community response is needed
Opinion
There have been numerous reports in the media recently about high school students filming violence and posting the footage online. To be honest, I think a level of violence has always been present amongst teenagers – I remember with sadness the chants of “fight fight fight” that would erupt sporadically at every school I went to from primary school all...
Local Table #3 – the cost of good food isn’t about price. It’s about value!
Opinion
When it comes to eating according to our values, there are a number of assumptions we have to challenge around the reasons we give for defaulting to the supermarket option. We tell ourselves we’d like to eat locally grown, or eat from our own garden, or buy direct from a farmer, but almost immediately the excuses why we can’t start...
Are you the next Vessel? Batemans Bay photo journo looks for her next subject
Arts & Culture
"We are very pleased to inform you that your image has been successful. Congratulations, see you soon, the Loud and Luminous team." The email dreams are made of graced my inbox at a time I felt completely out of sorts with life. It was the beginning of a new chapter for me. One that empowers and encourages me to continue...
Merimbula Ocean Outfall – is that really our best option?
Opinion
The proposed ocean outfall for Merimbula Bay has been on my mind, perhaps a little too much, but at the same time, I feel like this is a big deal. It wasn't on mind however when I walked into Bemboka Pie Shop to buy a caramel slice and a lamington for a 'meeting' I was headed into. I wasn't really...
Stereotypes: a load of bull
Opinion
The late Dr Martin Luther King very famously rallied for a society where his children would not be judged on their appearance but rather by the content of their character. What a noble ask that was, and still is. We should all be extremely wary of blanket, uninformed and misguided judgements based on appearances.  Growing up, I frequently witnessed people...
When will we recognise Australia’s frontier wars as part of our war history?
Opinion
ANZAC Day is a solemn day for Australians. As the Nation’s capital, Canberra is an important stage to reflect on the impact of war on our country and commemorate the sacrifices of the Australian men and women who served in Wars across two centuries. We gather in our thousands before dawn on the lawns of the Australian War Memorial. We...
“The beating heart of the ANZAC tradition” by Tathra’s Graham Walker
Opinion
A few years ago, Vietnam veteran and historian Dr Greg Lockhart came across the graves of the crew of a Bomber Command Stirling aircraft which crashed on the Island of Ile d’Yeu off the French Atlantic coast on October 16 1942. The crew included four New Zealanders, two Britons and a Canadian. For some years the families knew only that...
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