GUEST BLOG: Darwin – My Home by Maisie Austin OAM


Maisie Austin OAM has been awarded The Order of Australia Medal, the Australian Sports Medal and inducted into the Northern Territory Sports Hall of Fame. I am honoured she has agreed to be my guest posters this week and shares her memories of Darwin and the uniqueness of what makes this place she calls home … Continue reading GUEST BLOG: Darwin – My Home by Maisie Austin OAM


Horse Tales

There have been horses kept at East Point since 1939 according to the Fannie Bay Equestrian Club (FBEC). When I was growing up Dad would take us up there to feed the horses carrots. There are various stories about how the club came to be there and what “promises” were made when the land was … Continue reading Horse Tales


ANZAC Day quite rightly commemorates the lives lost in World War 1. The thousands of young Australians who did not return, the events in another hemisphere that helped shape our young nation and it’s values of mateship and comradeship. ANZAC Day has also come to be an opportunity to remember Australian lives lost and shattered … Continue reading ANZAC DAY – A TIME TO COMMEMORATE AND REMEMBER

Celebrating Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

I’m what is often referred to as an ABC – Australian Born Chinese. My family has been in Australia for five generations. English is my mother tongue and I’m an Aussie through and through, but first and foremost I’m a Darwin girl. Or as a recent play by the talented Sandra Thibodeaux coined it… I’m … Continue reading Celebrating Chinese New Year

Senior Australian of the Year 2017

It was such wonderful news last night that our very own Sister Anne Gardiner AM was named the 2017 Senior Australian of the Year.  I am so thrilled that Sister Anne was recognised for her 63 years of dedication to the people of the Tiwi Islands. Generation of Tiwi Islanders have grown up with Sister … Continue reading Senior Australian of the Year 2017


Australia Day

Australia Day is an event close to my heart. Before being elected as Lord Mayor, I was the Executive Director for the Australia Day Council NT (ADCNT) for 16 years, commencing my term in 1996 when the amazing Dr John Yu was Australian of the Year and ceasing in 2012 as Territorian Laurie Baymarrwangga was … Continue reading AUSTRALIA DAY