What a marvelous person Maggie was to interview. I ended up running her on the cover of MyCareer. She was just beautiful.

Maggie Beer’s method

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My most recent piece of work, in Sunday Age Sport. I love being in the roller derby fraternity and was stoked to head the Victorian Roller Derby took number one spot in the world.

VRDL skates into history

I wrote this opinion piece about Darryn Lyons for The Age recently and it was an interesting exercise to say the least. Had some incredibly positive feedback but also plenty saying I was too cruel. Irrespective, it’s out in the public domain now and I thought I’d post it here for posterity.

Enoy!

Lyons on the loose

Thanks to Yes2Renewables for sharing this story about Surf Coast Shire’s environmental leadership. Big thanks to Kate Sullivan and the environment team for being champions – generally. All the time.

The Surf Coast Shire Council has urged the Andrews government to lift the level of ambition for the Victorian Renewable Energy Targets.

In its Renewable Energy Roadmap, the government committed to implement Victorian Renewable Energy Targets for 2020 and 2025–including the baseline target of at least 20 per cent renewable by 2020.

The Surf Coast Shire Council has joined Yes 2 Renewables in a call for a greater level of ambition.

“The Victorian Government’s target of 20 per cent by 2020, while positive, is below the current South Australian energy generation of 36 per cent from renewables and the ACT’s target, which aims for 90 per cent of energy generation from renewables by 2020,” said the council in an official statement.

Acting Mayor Cr Eve Fisher says there’s strong community support for renewable energy in the region.

zm2e5ed51havlzl6lciy_400x400 Acting Mayor, Eve Fisher (Surf Coast Shire Council).

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Source: Welcome green shoots come from state govt renewable energy plans

I’ve just spent time in Portugal and Switzerland researching drug decriminalisation. I was lucky to tag along with Australian Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale on his quest to discover approaching to drug treatment abroad. I wrote this opinion piece for the Geelong Advertiser.

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It’s not often I sign petitions but this one grabbed my attention. Simon Mulvany is a bee keeper and bee saver. He knows his bees. We need to get bee-killing insecticides banned. The biggest cuplit is Monsanto – of course – who is actually suing Europe for banning neonicotinoids. They are also banned in the US. Australia is lagging behind and we need to take action. If the bees die, we die. It doesn’t get more simple than that.

https://www.change.org/p/bayer-woolworths-australian-government-ban-neonicotinoids-insecticides-that-kill-bee-colony-s

I recently went on a surf camp to North Stradbroke Island after a writer pitched me a story idea about the retreat. I thought it sounded wonderful and it was. Chix Surfin is the best way to get standing on a board. When I got home the writer had filed so the story got a run this year in MyCareer’s final edition before Christmas.

Raine Busch is the owner of the business and is an inspiring, impressive woman. She keeps the prices low to make it accessible to women (only) everywhere. It cost me around $500 for four night, seven surf lessons, four yoga lessons and six meals. Plus I spent several days with some beautiful women. Could not recommend http://chixsurfin.com/ highly enough.

http://www.theage.com.au/business/sporting-career-crash-spawns-surf-and-yoga-retreat-in-queensland-20141201-11x0vt.html

And here’s the PDF … SMHB13FBA06DEC14

This is my piece that featured on the back page of Sunday Age Sport. Such an inspirational young woman.

http://www.theage.com.au/sport/universe-delivers-for-world-longboard-champion-hopeful-sam-suendermann-20141129-11weu1.html

And a PDF version … AGESuB20NAA30NOV

Robert Kiyosaki is a bit of a hero of mine so I jumped at the opportunity to do a couple of stories with him – one feature and one business story. I read Rich Dad Poor Dad years ago and still often think about his advice. He knows what’s going on!

http://www.theage.com.au/business/robert-kiyosaki-says-to-prepare-for-the-worst-20141111-11jyhr.html

And a PDF version …AGESaB29NAA15NOV

http://www.theage.com.au/business/rich-dad-author-robert-kiyosaki-warns-investors-to-avoid-real-estate-20141201-11xfmk.html