Opinion

Violence against Women: Whose Problem is it?
Community
Here are a couple of alarming, hard-hitting facts to absorb: In Australia, more than one woman every week dies at the hands of a current or former partner. In the world, one in three women will experience violence in their lifetime. The UN Women National Committee (UNWNC) is having a 16-Day Campaign of Activism against gender-based violence. The campaign (#HearMeToo)...
Monaro has massive potential for renewable hydro energy
Environment
One of Australia's leading renewable energy experts says the Monaro region's pumped hydro potential could help to establish base-load power for a wholly renewable energy system within the next decade. Professor Andrew Blakers, director of the ANU's Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems, believes that in addition to Snowy Hydro 2, there are "plenty of other opportunities" for pumped hydro in the...
“Hands off Anzac Hall” – Australian Institute of Architects
Property
A Canberra architecture community was deeply shocked when news first broke of plans to demolish Anzac Hall. Surely, this was a mistake, as there had been limited consultation with the community and no consultation with the moral rights holders – the architects who designed the award-winning building – nor with the Australian Institute of Architects. Less than a week later,...
I lost a mate this week
Opinion
Region Media, Editor's note: The death of a loved one is always difficult to comprehend. It is made infinitely more difficult when that death is sudden and a result of suicide. It is a grief that can cripple you, as you struggle to find ways to cope with your loss. For Ian - who lost a dear friend to suicide...
2018: A tumultuous year for our female politicians
Opinion
As the end of the year hurtles towards us, we start reflecting on the year that was. Its been an extraordinary year in politics. It’s hard not to think about how gender has shaped the political year. The year got off to a good start. In the ACT Parliament, it began with the historic milestone of all parties represented in...
Politics 2018 – a train wreck we are all witness to and will have a say on
Opinion
This time last week Labor's Luke Foley was advocating for nursing ratios at Queanbeyan, Bega, Cooma and Moruya Hospitals, raising concerns about the Far South Coast oyster industry, and pointing to issues with demountable classrooms across the region. His advocacy and different perspective to that of the Berejiklian Government has been wiped out in recent days in circumstances that don't...
Beware the cult of the Digger as War Memorial takes pride of place
Opinion
When the new expanded Australian War Memorial opens in about a decade's time, Director Brendan Nelson will be able to declare 'mission accomplished'. His achievement at securing nearly half a billion dollars over nine years to redevelop the AWM with bipartisan support is astounding, especially in a climate of budget uncertainty and ongoing cuts to other national cultural institutions in Canberra....
Gillian Triggs ‘Speaking Up’ in Bega
Podcast
Gillian Triggs has made a rallying call for the freedoms we take for granted to be safeguarded during her Friday (November 2) night lecture in Bega. With the doors of the Bega High School theatre wide open to catch any passing zephyr, Triggs started a conversation just as hot as the day had been. As President of the Australian Human Rights Commission...
Festival of Open Minds Podcast – Jo Dodds, from the front line of climate and fire
Podcast
Vimy Ridge resident and Bega Valley Shire Councilor, Jo Dodds strongly believes climate change is at play in her community, she points to the bushfires of March 18 that ripped through her community at Tathra. Sixty-five homes were lost on that day, Jo's home was very lucky not to be one of them. Her appeal to the Prime Minister in...
Is Halloween only about the marketing?
Opinion
If you're doorstepped by a horde of pint-sized ghouls, ghosts and monsters on Wednesday night, will you be handing out the lollies or slamming the door? Local reaction to the ancient Celtic feast of Halloween is probably best judged by the fact that most "official" celebrations, from Boogong at Googong to  Mooseheads' Decade of Death happened last weekend rather than on...
Trusted, respected, knowledgeable: Region Media is on the move
News
Region Media is pleased to announce that some of the most trusted and respected names in local media have joined the group in senior/leadership roles. Based in the ACT, Region Media is now the masthead for 12 influential media platforms in Canberra and surrounding communities, headlined by long-standing Canberra news site, The RiotACT. “Local knowledge, respect and trust are critical...
Confidence growing as A-League decision looms
Sport
Sitting in a near-empty Canberra Stadium in the final throes of the Cosmos in the National Soccer League, it was almost impossible to imagine that we would find ourselves on the verge of being part of a new competition. In that final season in 2000/2001, support for the Canberra team had dwindled to die-hard fans, family and friends. To awaken...
Would you eat a Canberra kangaroo?
Community
Culling the ACT's kangaroos has caused plenty of angst over the years. But should we eat the urban roos instead of dumping them? Professor George Wilson from the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the ANU says that an improved Australian kangaroo meat industry would have benefits for animal welfare and the environment both locally and around Australia. Professor...
Festival of Open Minds Podcast – Linda Burney MP
Podcast
Linda Burney was elected the federal Member for Barton in 2016, following a 14-year career in the NSW Parliament as Member for Canterbury. Linda began her career as a teacher in western Sydney and then as an education bureaucrat before being appointed Director General of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs in 2000. During her state political career, she served as...
Festival of Open Minds Podcast – Zachary Sequoia, digital innovator and serial entrepreneur
Podcast
Zachary Sequoia is an innovator and serial entrepreneur who has worked within the digital technology industry since the mid-1990’s starting in San Francisco. For the last 20 years, he has worked for some of the world’s best known digital brands on three different continents. At the Festival of Open Minds, he urged his audience of around 300 people to embrace...
“Keep Tathra Cool, Climate Action Now”
News
Frustrated by inaction and squabbling on climate change 12 years after they first took a stand, the Tathra community has again come out en-mass to lead the discussion and advocate for the future. With Dr Matthew Nott, the founder of Clean Energy for Eternity directing the traffic, hundreds of people turned out on Lawrence Park today (September 30) to create a human...
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