Opinion

Gratitude for oven mitts and public health
Opinion
Any chance I might have had as a hand model melted away last Saturday night when I burnt my hand and arm and was rushed to hospital. It's was supposed to be easy dinner of beef filled ravioli - packs of the pasta were on special and we were hungry so it was an extra big pot that came to...
Australia needs to go on war footing in changing bushfire climate
Opinion
This week, eastern Australia faced a heatwave that threatened yet another bushfire calamity, with not a skerrick of real rain on the horizon. The ACT and Southern NSW have escaped the blowtorch so far but by the middle of the week it was 37ºC, and that damn wind just won't let up. On everybody's lips who matter – farmers, scientists,...
Climate change is making preppers out of all of us
Opinion
While living in my husband's homeland in Montana, USA, I became aware of the concept of 'preppers,' people who think that the world will end imminently and are getting prepared by moving to a remote area, learning survival skills like hunting and stockpiling goods they think will be useful at the end of the world. Yesterday, after seeing emergency preparedness checklists...
ABC draws the curtain on the Olympics in the theatre of the mind
Opinion
If you are like me, you would have grown up listening to the Olympics on the radio. Television reception wasn’t great in the bush, so the radio was our connection to the outside world. It was great when driving as well. The picture could be created with words and your mind does the rest. The impact that it had on...
The way we farm needs to change as part of long-term drought strategy
Opinion
Last week was dominated by emergencies – on climate, water, the drought and bushfires. The message across the board was that a business as usual approach is not tenable. Yet that is what we got as the Morrison Government rolled out yet another drought package, a billion dollars' worth, so farmers could borrow even more money and struggling shires could...
Batemans Bay adventurer braves India’s ‘Festival of Colour’
Arts & Culture
On the eve of Holi - India’s ‘Festival of Colour’, I landed 8000km’s from Batemans Bay at Varanasi Airport - India, and jumped in a taxi shared with a Canadian man, Martin, who visits Varanasi every year. “Better to stay inside and celebrate,” he said while warning me of the “intoxicated and aggressive locals” to swarm the streets the next...
Kathleen’s Bega Valley Tiny House Adventure – part 1
Community
It all began with a friend who was totally besotted with the trend of tiny home designs. The popular Youtube/TV series - Living Big in a Tiny Home, was feeding his addiction, soon I was watching and dreaming as well. The dye was cast and now I am on my own tiny house journey. Most of my peers are middle-aged...
4000 km from Bega to East Arnhem Land and lessons learned along the way
Community
This land always was and always will be Aboriginal land.  I'm just back from a month-long trip across part of Australia and I can't find the toothpaste. It's been missing for about a week, lost under the dusty seat of the car or in our exploding piles of luggage still piled in the lounge room, so I've been unashamedly stealing...
“Life is about language,” which is why ‘climate emergency’ fits
Opinion
Having earlier accepted the term 'climate emergency' in the wording around the Shire's soon to be exhibited Climate Resilience Strategy, a rescission motion from Cr Robyn Bain brought the matter back to the chamber for discussion at Bega Valley Shire Council today. "Life is about language," Cr Bain told the overflowing room of onlookers. In Cr Bain's view the term 'climate...
How Ricky Stuart proved me wrong
Sport
I remember when I was first informed that Ricky Stuart would be returning to coach the Raiders. I wasn’t sure if it was the right move, having witnessed another legend recently depart the club. David Furner had been axed with three games to go before the end of the 2013 season and everybody associated with the club was emotionally drained...
Government pumps cash but no heart into Canberra’s adopted team
Opinion
As I was driving into work early on Friday morning, I counted five different people wearing lime green jerseys as anticipation reached a fever pitch for the Canberra Raiders-South Sydney preliminary final at GIO Stadium that night. In recognition of the Raiders' biggest match in nearly two decades, the buildup throughout the week had been extraordinary. Canberra landmarks, including Telstra Tower, the...
The similarities between the Canberra Raiders and the GWS Giants
Sport
When the Canberra Raiders made their debut in the NSWRL in 1982, few could have imagined that the side which finished with the wooden spoon in that first year would go on to win the premiership in their eighth season. The Greater Western Sydney Giants, with their well-documented connection to Canberra, also finished with the wooden spoon in their debut...
PODCAST – Festival of Open Minds, Tim Costello
Podcast
The Rev Tim Costello is one of Australia’s most respected community leaders and a sought-after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics. For 13 years until October 2016, Tim was Chief Executive of World Vision Australia, and up until earlier this year, he was World Vision’s Chief Advocate. In his evocative memoir that has just been released - A...
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