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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.

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 /


Emergency Response Beacon activated to prevent rip drownings

Surf Life Saving NSW (SLSNSW) has advised that one of its latest to be installed Emergency Response Beacons (ERBs) was used twice last week to assist in the rescue of people at The Ruins…

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Jan 7, 2024 Karen Sweaney Environment / Recreation / Safety / Technology /


Taronga and Melbourne Zoo challenged by monkey escapes, false alarms and euthanasia

Zookeepers at Taronga Western Plains Zoo identified that a spider monkey had left its habitat in the morning of 2nd January while on 3rd January a false alarm was activated at Melbourne Zoo…

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Jan 5, 2024 Karen Sweaney Attractions / Education / Safety / Zoos /


Inghams Instagram analysis shows Australia ranks second and New Zealand seventh for unspoilt landscapes

Walking holiday provider, Inghams, has revealed the results of its analysis on Instagram hashtags to reveal the landscapes around the world most commonly described as ‘unspoilt’.…

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Jan 4, 2024 Karen Sweaney Environment / Parks / Recreation / Tourism /

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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.

Kevin Wilson

PhD Student, Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Kevin Wilson has worked in recreational programming for approximately 10 years and has a passion for recreational sport, leadership development and community. His research interests include sport participation, sport and recreation facilities, program outcomes and campus recreation. Over the last two years, he's served as a member of the NIRSA Canada Leadership Team. For his PhD, he'd like to conduct research in the Campus Recreation space to help better understand how post-secondary institutions and campus recreation professionals can understand and meet students' changing needs.

Manuscripts In Review
Wilson, K. E. S., & Millar, P. (IJSMM-303252). Investigating the sport participation legacy of a major event: The case of one multi-use sport facility. International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing.

Wilson, K. E. S., & Millar, P. (RSJ.2020-0028). Examining the impact of participant benefits and service quality on intramural program satisfaction and student retention. Recreational Sports Journal.

Mel Tempest

Fitness Business Influencer Speaker Podcaster

Mel Tempest is the Chief Executive and the founder at Ignite Fitness Business Events, the host and founder of The Gym Owners Fitness Business Podcast and The Womens Leaders Fitness Business Podcast.

In 2017, Tempest, who organises fitness business events and roundtable events globally, was the first Australian to receive an award from the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) and, in the same year her Ballarat health club was in the top three Smart Company Australian awards.

In 2019 and in 2020 she was recognised as a top three fitness business influencers in the USA by the Association Of Fitness Studios.

In 2005 she was the first Australian to receive approval from the Equal Opportunity Board and Human Rights Commission to open Australia’s first male gym.

In early 2021, she was named 2020 influencer of the year by the US-based Fitness Business Association.

Click here to visit Mel's LinkedIn page.

Greg Blood

Greg Blood has extensive experience as a sport librarian and researcher with an interest is in the history and development of sport policy in Australia.

Employed as a librarian at Australian Institute of Sport/Australian Sports Commission from 1983 to 2011, since 2017 he has been Publications Officer, Australian Society of Sport History.

He also writes for Australian Sports Reflections.