Opinion

Change is gonna come, oh yes it will
Opinion
Welcome to Country, on the land where our Elders, past and present, have gathered. We pay our respects to those who came before us and to those who will pass through the land, in time. As ashes settle on our land, on cars, in our streets and waterways, people across the entire country are looking for answers. Much has been...
“I’ll never vote Liberal again.” How fire is changing politics and perceptions in the Bega Valley
Opinion
Science has warned us for decades how a changing climate will affect us, with weather tending to be hotter and drier and more extreme weather events. In the Bega Valley, residents have just experienced one such extreme event, with fires in the area consuming acres of bushland, homes, outbuildings and shops, and tragically killing two men from the Cobargo area....
Why the Canberra Raiders will go one better in 2020
Sport
The Raiders have been one of the more stable teams in the off-season with minimal disruption. Even the departure of Aidan Sezer and Jordan Rapana created few waves with ready-made replacements available. Those replacements should make the Raiders an even better team in 2020 with George Williams and Curtis Scott – two players with the ability to maximise the team’s already...
Government must ignore the megaphones and listen to the science
Opinion
It's only to be expected but the calls for a greater slash and burn approach to the landscape have come thick and fast during the ongoing bushfire crisis, given prominence on the usual platforms that play down the links to climate change and global warming. One can understand the logic – reduce the fuel and you reduce the fire, but...
New Year’s resolutions: the first steps to a better future you
Opinion
New Year, new you, right? Yes, it's that time year again when we promise that our future selves will be better than the selves that brought us here. But New Year's resolutions are tough. That's what makes them worthwhile. So you might need some help to find and keep your new you. Whether it's stopping smoking, drinking less, exercising more...
Bushfire crisis: how Region’s grassroots local operation brought you the news
Opinion
Emergency reporting is one of the most important tasks any media organisation can do. It matters deeply to communities that their local media gets it right, understands what is happening and cares about the impact, long after the crisis has passed and the big operators from the city have gone home. We've worked hard to do that for everyone in...
2019 Year in Review – Opinion
Opinion
In 2019, About Regional’s team shared their thoughts and insights about the issues that matter to residents of South East NSW and beyond. Here's a look back at some of our most-read opinion pieces of the year. 10. Fast rail strategy but high speed service still a way down the line for Goulburn by Maryann Weston Transport infrastructure and rail...
Time to take care of our community in a bushfire emergency
Opinion
Karyn Starmer is Region Media's business writer. She and her family live just outside Moruya. With our immediate emergency over, we make our way back home from our evacuation point in town. The sky is a dark yellow and a southerly wind is fanning fires all around. We are safe for now but we will need to remain on alert....
AWM expansion consultation was box ticking exercise, says peace activist
Opinion
Matthew Anderson, who has just been appointed to succeed Dr Brendan Nelson as director of the Australian War Memorial, will inherit what many would regard as a poisoned chalice, with the highly contentious $500 million redevelopment of the Memorial likely to begin this year. Regardless of his enthusiasm for the project, which is almost certainly strong, one of Anderson’s challenges...
If this massive disaster is not the time for a national response, when would be?
Opinion
The Prime Minister has appealed for calm during the fire crisis and says the Federal Government is doing all it can. "What you cannot have in these situations is governments stepping over the top of each other in responding to a natural disaster like this," he said this week. The Federal Government has been consistent (and indeed, insistent) in saying that...
Think you couldn’t live without electricity? It’s really not so bad
Opinion
So I've been living off-grid for a month now. Not off-grid in the sense of using an alternative energy source but just not having any electricity in our house at all. This is because my husband and I, along with my parents, bought a very badly run-down old house in Bega where the main electrical line has been severed, presumably by...
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...
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