The 25th anniversary of the National Multicultural Festival proved again that we are all individuals part of the same big, beautiful world. And at the Festival, the bright colours blended together with the different smells wafting through the air, accompanied by loud and powerful sounds of instruments, created an atmosphere of joy.Continue readingMulticultural

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?

Today’s solution and tomorrow’s problem

When Matt Dutkiewicz was hospitalised after fighting the 2003 bushfires at Uriarra Crossing, he thought his brother had died trying to save the family home in Duffy. Now, as Matt reflects on his experience of the fires nearly 20 years on, the ACT Government is considering further expansion of the same western edge he saw burn in 2003 to grapple with the unfolding housing crisis in Canberra.Continue readingToday’s solution and tomorrow’s problem

Midnight Oil rocks Canberra one last time

Fellows Oval at ANU was the scene of Midnight Oil’s final ever performance in Canberra on Saturday, 1 October. The concert was their second-last live show ever, and boy did it go off. The Owl’s Anthony Lewsam was there.Continue readingMidnight Oil rocks Canberra one last time

All roads lead to Rome

Life has been busy. I needed to get away. So, I arranged to meet up with my dad down south for some much-needed R&R. While I could’ve hit the Monaro Highway and turned on cruise control for an easy-yet-bland drive to Mallacoota, I decided that the drive should be part of the holiday. After charging up my camera, I navigated to the coast so I could soak in the natural beauty and clear my head along the winding road.Continue readingAll roads lead to Rome