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Karen Sweaney

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Karen Sweaney

Co-founder and Editor, Australasian Leisure Management

Artist, geoscientist and specialist writer on the leisure industry, Karen Sweaney is Editor and co-founder of Australasian Leisure Management.

Based in Sydney, Australia, her specific areas of interest include the arts, entertainment, the environment, fitness, tourism and wellness.

She has degrees in Fine Arts from the University of Sydney and Geological Oceanography from UNSW.

Organisers postpone Vintage Vibes Festival citing ‘current economic pressures’

The organisers of the Vintage Vibes Festival, which was scheduled to take place at Tomich Wines, Adelaide Hills on 27th and 28th January, have announced that the event has been…

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Jan 12, 2024 Karen Sweaney Entertainment / Events / Finance /


Rafael Nadal racquet from Australian Tennis Museum collection up for auction

Rafael Nadal's championship point winning racquet from his 2007 French Open Final victory over Roger Federer is up for auction. It is expected to achieve $150,000, with bidding…

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Jan 11, 2024 Karen Sweaney Culture / Education / Sport / Venues /


Children a focus at openings of 2024 Adelaide International Tennis Tournament and Australian Open

Children are a focus at this year’s opening week of tennis tournaments in Adelaide and Melbourne with family activities, children’s challenges and offers of free…

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Jan 11, 2024 Karen Sweaney Entertainment / Events / Sport /


New Zealand, Tasmania and Brisbane listed by New York Times as among top 2024 destinations

New Zealand by train, Tasmania and Brisbane are the three ‘Down Under’ destinations listed by global news outlet, the New York Times, as among the top destinations to visit in…

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Jan 10, 2024 Karen Sweaney Attractions / Environment / Hospitality / Tourism /


Plans and proposed site for Art Museum of Kangaroo Island unveiled

The plans and proposed site have been revealed for the new Art Museum of Kangaroo Island in South Australia, set to cost $23.4 million. The Art Museum of Kangaroo Island Establishment…

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Jan 9, 2024 Karen Sweaney Arts / Culture / Design / Education / Venues /


Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers investigating after girl bitten by dingo on K’gari

A seven-year-old girl was bitten on her thigh by a dingo at K’gari (formerly known as Fraser Island) on 4th January with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) investigating…

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Jan 8, 2024 Karen Sweaney Environment / Recreation / Safety / Tourism /


Merlin Entertainments announce 2025 opening for Legoland Shanghai Resort in China  

Global attractions giant, Merlin Entertainments, has announced the new Legoland Shanghai Resort will debut in China in 2025 with the US$1.4 billion resort anticipated to welcome three to…

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Jan 7, 2024 Karen Sweaney Attractions / Tourism /

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Barrie Elvish

Chief Executive, AUSactive

Barrie Elvish has over 20 years’ experience of managing successful organisational change, strategic development and business growth across a range of sectors such as education and health.

His passions and experiences including training for triathlons, keeping his depressive episodes under control through exercise, trekking the Kokoda Trail and Hot Rods – all for the purpose of making meaningful connections.

Click here to contact him via LinkedIn.

Kunal Sawhney

Chief Executive, Kalkine Group

An entrepreneur with revolutionary ideas, Kunal Sawhney is a financial professional with wealth of knowledge in equities who aims to transform the delivery of equity research through tech-driven digital platforms

With his knowledge, skillset, and overarching vision, Sawhney established Kalkine (a business that is based on Digitally Powered Architecture and Extensive Data Science led Premium Research) that has become one of the fastest growing equity market research firms across Australia in 2014; and subsequently, in other emerging and developed markets.

Sawhney’s entrepreneurial and commercial skills backed by the passion to establish a tech-empowered research platform, helped in building Kalkine’s global presence across diverse geographies - Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Further, the plans for the US launch in 2021, have set the premise for attaining an all-encompassing client reach for Kalkine’s Subscription and Media Operations.

With a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Technology, Sydney; Sawhney’s business acumen has enabled his brainchild, Kalkine, help clients navigate through equity related matters in a proficient and seamless manner.

Sawhney is featured regularly on CNBC, Sky Business, Biz News, Daily Mail, Yahoo Finance, KCBS Radio (Audacy), Bloomberg, Sydney Morning Herald, Global Banking and Financial Review and many more.

Click here to visit the Kalkine website.

Katherine Elmy

Customer Relationship Manager, Fitness Australia

Katherine Elmy is a highly enthusiastic, creative professional who is determined to support organisations enhance their brand awareness, online presence and revenue stream.

Leveraging off marketing qualifications and solid experience, Katherine has demonstrated tremendous success in developing, implementing and managing digital marketing strategies across a number of social media platforms, mobile APPs and websites. She is able to anticipate change by keeping abreast of emerging trends while making sound decisions to establish new industry benchmarks and maintain an industry leader.

Yvette Audet

Senior Consultant at Otium Planning Group and IAKS Australasian Ambassador

Yvette Audet is a Senior Consultant at Otium Planning Group and Australasian Ambassador for the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS).

She also posts to the Sporting Mum Blog page.

Click here to view Yvette's profile on LinkedIn.

Joe Cusmano

An experinced airline and travel industry professional, Joe has over 25 years international airline sales experience of which 18 have been in senior positions in Australia, North Africa and Europe, Middle East and Thailand.

Committed to sharing news and personal experiences, he explains that, post-COVID, "once I resume travelling with people that like me are nomads by nature and love to travel, (I will) provide you with as much advice and tips to make your travel experience a memorable one."

Click here to visit his website.

Ben Gallizzi

Ben Gallizzi, Senior Content Editor,

Energy expert Ben Gallizzi is's authority on all things energy, making sure all energy content on the site is kept 100% accurate and up to date.