Sacred Connections

In this episode of Listening to Canberra Voices, we talk to Casey O’Neil, a First Nations student here at the University of Canberra. She shares her experiences as a Larrakia woman growing up in Ngunnawal Country as well as her own. Casey describes some of her favourite sacred sites, what makes them sacred and their importance to First Nations peoples. She talks about the impact they have on Indigenous identities and their connection to the sacred sites within both traditional and non-traditional landscapes. Some of these sites, particularly Uluru, are under threat from tourism and gas projects. Casey explains some of these issues and why the protection of sacred sites is an important part of First Nation peoples’ initiatives and ways of life in order to preserve their culture.Continue readingSacred Connections

The celebration of a single plant

From biscuits, to baby clothes, to bongs – the Hemp Health and Innovation Expo seeks to showcase the plethora of products that can be derived from one single plant: the cannabis plant. Expo co-director Evan Alexander spoke to The Owl’s Caitlin Young.Continue readingThe celebration of a single plant

“I had no idea who it was”: the puzzling phone call that changed Blake Macdonald’s cricket career

An interruption to a casual game of golf for Blake Macdonald ended up being an influential moment in his cricketing career. The then-17-year-old was in the middle of a round when he answered a call from Trent Copeland. The former test fast bowler, who was also the club captain of St George in Sydney, had an opportunity for the teenager from Canberra. The problem was Macdonald was unaware who he was talking to.Continue reading“I had no idea who it was”: the puzzling phone call that changed Blake Macdonald’s cricket career

Gymnast Jesse Moore strapped in for the long haul

It’s been a big year for Commonwealth Games gymnast Jesse Moore as he reflects on the highs of representing Australia and the lows of surgery and long injury recovery.Continue readingGymnast Jesse Moore strapped in for the long haul

Adina’s Story

In this first episode of Listening to Canberra Voices we speak with Adina Brown, a current Sports Media student at the University of Canberra. In the interview we unpack Adina’s childhood in Sydney, the difficult decision she made to move to Canberra for university, and the incredible achievements she has made since her move. We learn about the power and strength Adina finds in her Aboriginality and the importance of culture, community, and family. Even before the leadership opportunities she has undertaken in Canberra, Adina was a fierce advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and a role model for those who find culture to be a powerful tool. Adina hopes her story can inspire other students here at UC, and the broader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, to become involved in the many opportunities that our Canberra community offers.Continue readingAdina’s Story

GG’s: a social enterprise that’s more than just flowers

GG’s Flowers and Hampers, a local Canberran florist company which does more than just make beautiful arrangements of flowers, is changing the world one flower at a time. This social enterprise business is dedicated to providing people living with a disability in Canberra the opportunity to have meaningful employment and social opportunities through work.Continue readingGG’s: a social enterprise that’s more than just flowers

Full-time politician, part-time TikToker: how Mark Parton is connecting with Canberra

When the world went into lockdown due to COVID-19, Mark Parton took it upon himself to find other ways to relay his messages and policies as the ACT election neared in 2020. Being a “doorknocker from hell”, Mark ventured into other communication channels including Instagram and TikTok to connect with those who support him but also people who are unaware of who he is and what he stands for.Continue readingFull-time politician, part-time TikToker: how Mark Parton is connecting with Canberra

From dreams to reality: an interview with country music artist Billie-Jo Porter

For Country music artist Billie-Jo Porter, an appearance at the Tamworth country music festival was just a distant dream growing up near the country music capital, but come January 2023 it will be a reality. Having now released 4 singles on Spotify with her most recent single ‘Let It All Roll Out’ reaching country town Australia’s Hot 50 chart, Billie-Jo is really starting to get traction in her music career.Continue readingFrom dreams to reality: an interview with country music artist Billie-Jo Porter

Now open: regional business farewells border checkpoints

Albury/Wodonga was home to a “military-style” checkpoint during the COVID-19 pandemic. This checkpoint essentially split the community in two, affecting people’s ability to get to and from work, and for local businesses to operate effectively. Hear first-hand how these border-control measures affected local business owners at the time and what the future looks like for border businesses.Continue readingNow open: regional business farewells border checkpoints

What does it take to be a successful local news organisation today?

In recent years the news media landscape has been very unstable, with changes in media ownership and the financial downturn during the Covid-19 Pandemic both heavily contributing. Much of the turbulence has been felt in local and regional news. Following the merger between Nine and Fairfax, Australian Community Media bought the Fairfax stable of 160 regional papers and began the shift to online subscription, and News Corp stopped the print editions of around 100 regional papers. Each of these changes led to job losses, closures and contractions, and disruption to loyal audiences.Continue readingWhat does it take to be a successful local news organisation today?