Opinion

Holiday season a chance to connect with family and plan for elder care
Health & Wellbeing
The holiday season means many families come together and spend quality time together. The pace of our lives these days, and the fact that many families do not live close to each other, means that this time of year is an important chance for us to reconnect and check-in to see how people are travelling. It’s also a time of...
This smoky pall reflects the true scale of our bushfire losses
Opinion
In the wake of the 2003 Canberra bushfires, ACT Parks Services invited naturalist Ian Fraser into fire-damaged parts of Namadgi National Park and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve before they were re-opened to the public. Reporting via radio and emails that were shared internationally, he recorded their devastating impact and later the recovery process. He reflects here on the overwhelming toll the...
Aloha Scotty and Jen: PM’s tin ear spells danger for Government
Opinion
It has taken the deaths of two young firefighters for Prime Minister Scott Morrison to cancel his Hawaiian holiday and apologise to the Australian people. But it is going to take a lot longer for the political bushfire to be extinguished and the issue is likely to smoulder, particularly given the government's reluctance to discuss the great big climate elephant...
The thoughts and prayers of a Vimy Ridge bushfire virago
News
Jan Harris and her family lost their proud Vimy Ridge home in the Tathra and District Bushfire of March 18, 2018. Just a few months later at the 2018 Festival of Open Minds, Jan spoke of her loss, "I am adrift without the anchors of my life" she told the 35o people gathered before a standing ovation. Click play on...
Emotionally connecting fans to sport: Raiders and the Brumbies are on the right track
Sport
Most people know that there is more to gaining emotional support from fans of sport than simply winning. Sure, winning helps, but if other factors aren’t taken care of, winning in the minds of supporters can appear hollow. We have seen it in the past in Canberra. There was a disconnect between fans and the Raiders during the Super League...
Fast rail strategy but high speed service still a way down the line for Goulburn
Opinion
Transport infrastructure and rail times in the Goulburn region were key issues in the closely fought battle for the seat of Goulburn in March, and with the NSW Government’s Fast Rail Strategy expected to be delivered before the end of 2019, all eyes are on what it might contain for the ACT and Goulburn region. The Southern Corridor, which includes...
Missing Ursula by Melissa Pouliot
News
Editors note: Melissa Pouliot, described by one of her children as a book writing machine, is a rural journalist, media company owner and bestselling crime fiction author of the Missing Series. Through her twenty-five year writing career, she has written stories on just about every topic. Her stories about people are widely recognised as her true heart and she has...
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...
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