Opinion

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...
A personal reflection on Police Remembrance Day
News
National Police Remembrance Day is held annually on September 29 (today) - St Michael and All Angels Day, St Michael is the Patron Saint of Police and recognised by Christian, Jewish and Islamic faiths. This year, to avoid conflicts with the long weekend, the annual Far South Coast Police Remembrance Day Service was held yesterday (Friday, September 28) at St...
Snowy Monaro Mayor’s Column – garbage collection, breakfast club, Canberra Region JO, thank you firefighters
Opinion
Following a community meeting in Michelago last week, the Saturday morning waste collection service will continue into the foreseeable future. Residents living outside the town will still bring their rubbish into town on a Saturday morning, an outcome they are pleased with. For residents living in the Michelago village, as well as the villages of Nimmitabel and Bredbo, kerbside collections...
Eurobodalla Mayor’s Message – setting the standard
Opinion
Taking time out to celebrate success and hard work is not something we do often, but when we do, we do it well. Last weekend’s Eurobodalla Business Awards held at Narooma Golf Club were a wonderful success. The room was filled with inspiring people and the vibe was super positive. We took the opportunity to launch www.investeurobodalla.com a beautiful website...
An Open Letter to Catherine McGregor AM
Community
Dear Catherine, Thanks for being the opening speaker for the Festival of Open Minds held in Bega last Friday on the first day of Spring. You left us feeling a sense of deepest honour and respect for baring your heart and life to us. Ian Campbell nailed it when he said that you opened our hearts as well as our...
The Festival of Open Minds – challenging bias, fostering conversation, building understanding
What's On
The Festival of Open Minds has been inspired by a regional community that values shared conversation, personal reflection, the wisdom of experience, and FUN! A dynamic program of speakers has been assembled for September 1 at the Bega Civic Centre, a TEDx style event that will have people talking. The broad festival theme is ‘change’. The Festival of Open Minds...
Eurobodalla Mayor’s Message – “It’s time our rural landowners had some certainty”
Opinion
The Rural Lands Strategy planning proposal has been a hot topic of late for some in our community. The planning proposal will allow Council to implement the Rural Lands Strategy, adopted in 2016 after significant work with the community. That work over many years has resulted in a balanced strategy that recommends the preservation of larger and good quality grazing...
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