Opinion

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...
Media coverage key to women getting a sporting chance
Sport
Last weekend I was at the Canberra Cup Water Polo tournament and saw an all female-coaching team in charge of a team of 17-year-old boys. I sincerely hope the sight will become so commonplace at all competitive levels in the future that I wouldn't even notice it. As it stands, there is still a dearth of women in senior sports...
Spring inferno: Leaders fiddle while the forests burn
Opinion
Only a few weeks from now we were booked in to the Binna Burra Mountain Lodge on the Gold Coast hinterland but now our holiday dreams are like the historic rainforest resort -  in ashes. For 90 years local, interstate, and overseas visitors - no doubt many from the Canberra Region - enjoyed the resort's old-world charm and the surrounding...
AFP raids threaten freedom of the press and the public interest
Opinion
In what is becoming a disturbingly familiar scene, Australian Federal Police officers turned up at a Griffith home last week, searched the property for evidence and left hours later carrying garbage bags and cases of material. An AFP spokesperson would not say who the target of the raid was, only that the search warrant was related to a Commonwealth official....
How Raiders became champions on and off the field
Sport
When Ricky Stuart signed on as coach of the Canberra Raiders in a three-year deal in 2014, he made it his mission to ensure his players were integrated into the community. Over the years there had been a feeling of disconnect. Players were doing plenty of school visits and the like but there was a sense they weren’t gaining traction...
Burning Amazon inspires need for deeper local climate discussion
Opinion
Imagine a fire wiping out the whole of the Eurobodalla, that's how much of the Amazon is burning. Take a deep breath in...a long one out. Thanks to the Amazon, 20% of that breath was produced by oxygen created from a rainforest the size of 95 Bega Valleys. Brazil's right-wing populist government is being blamed for nearly 40,000 fires turning...
The highs, lows and complexity of Canberra sport
Sport
Attempting to understand the vagaries of sport is often a challenging task. And anyone who is riding the wave with the Raiders to the finals series would understand the highs and the lows. But let’s give some time to others involved in sport that are facing their own trials and tribulations. The highs and lows are different in each case...
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