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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.

Progress report delivered and wetland strategy released for protection of Great Barrier Reef

The Australian Government has provided an update to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre on how the Great Barrier Reef is receiving better protection with both Federal and Queensland Governments…

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Feb 2, 2024 Karen Sweaney Environment / Government / Tourism /

 
 

New inclusive heritage conservation campaign launched for Saudi Arabia’s AlUla

Saudi Arabia’s Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU), has launched a new, inclusive heritage conservation campaign aiming to enahnce the public's knowledge, awareness, and desire to…

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Feb 2, 2024 Karen Sweaney Arts / Attractions / Culture / Environment / Tourism /

 
 

Pacific Island governments continue to tax unhealthy foods

A New Zealand study has shown that Pacific Island governments are increasingly imposing taxes on unhealthy foods as they battle a non-communicable disease crisis with taxes being applied to…

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Jan 31, 2024 Karen Sweaney Government / Wellness /

 
 

Global Wellness Institute ranks Australia 11th of 145 countries based on wellness market size

The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) has today released a comprehensive report delving into the wellness economies of 145 countries and ranking them by size. This new, in-depth research finds…

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Jan 31, 2024 Karen Sweaney Aquatics / Fitness / Retail / Tourism / Wellness /

 
 

Human Rights Watch spotlights possible deportation of rock band from Thailand to Russia

Human Rights Watch has advised that members of the exiled Russian-Belarusian rock band Bi-2 face persecution for their public criticism of the Russian government if Thailand deports them to…

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Jan 30, 2024 Karen Sweaney Arts / Entertainment / Safety /

 
 

Construction of new Salisbury Aquatic Centre nears completion

Construction of the new $29.9 million Salisbury Aquatic Centre redevelopment is nearing completion in Adelaide’s North. The Centre is situated within the picturesque natural setting of…

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Jan 25, 2024 Karen Sweaney Aquatics / Design / Fitness /

 
 

Wibit adds new product line to enhance safety at its modular water parks

Leading provider of floating modular aquatic play installations, Wibit Sports, has added a new product line to its catalogue, Wibit WatchLine, a haven for lifeguards offering a comprehensive,…

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Jan 22, 2024 Karen Sweaney Aquatics / Attractions / Design / Safety / Waterparks /

 
 
 
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Linda Tillman

Managing Director, Tilma Group Pty Ltd

Since 2008, Linda Tillman has been combining her skills in tourism development, destination marketing and event management, with a passion for regional and rural Australia to grow Tilma Group, a boutique regional tourism and events agency servicing clients throughout regional Australia.

Tilma Group employs a dedicated, professional and highly skilled team that works with businesses and organisations of all sizes to achieve one common goal - growing regional and rural Australia! Developing and promoting the industry excites me and every achievement, big or small, drives me to go the extra mile to achieve the best results for my clients and the industry.

Linda previously worked in tourism, events and development roles in the government, education and private sectors, is a board member on the Australian Regional Tourism Network (ARTN),  a judge and mentor for the NSW and Queensland Tourism Awards, and has presented on rural tourism and sustainable events at conferences and summits.

Her current role takes here across the nation, providing services to local government, regional and state tourism organisations, event committees and small business.

Click here to visit the Tilma Group website.

ALM Correspondent/Contributor

Australasian Leisure Management aims to report all that is best about the industry that is leisure - focussing on aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues.

Our news content, which is independent and unpaid for (except where noted), is drawn from contributions, industry contacts and experience, media releases and a range of other sources while we also are fortunate to have a range of respected authors writing for us, whom we acknowledge. 

Dr James M. Dorsey

Dr James M. Dorsey is an award-winning journalist and scholar, an Adjunct Senior Fellow at Nanyang Technological University’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, and the author of the syndicated column and blog, The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer.

Click here for more information.

RJ Houston

National Manager - Aquatics, Royal Life Saving Society - Australia

RJ Houston is the National Manager - Aquatics at Royal Life Saving Society - Australia.

He has an extensive background in leadership roles across local government, non-profits, aquatic facility management organisations and peak bodies.

RJ’s role at Royal Life Saving focusses on advocating aquatics and bringing industry, community and government organisations together to develop joint strategies and guidance. RJ’s most recent major work projects have focussed on advocating the health, social and economic benefits of the aquatic industry as well as its social value and social impact.

He is the current author of both the Guidelines for Safe Pool Operations and the Guidelines for Inland Waterway Safety, and has contributed to a range of recent Royal Life Saving research reports.

RJ is currently studying a Masters of Business Administration - Social Impact Specialisation at the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales.

Hayley Fisher

Country Manager Australia and New Zealand, Adyen

Hayley Fisher is Country Manager Australia and New Zealand for Adyen.

Click here to contact her via LinkedIn.

Belinda Lawton

National Manager - Strategic Communications and Partnerships, Royal Life Saving Society - Australia

A communications professional focused on the not-for-profit and government sectors, with a specific interest in international development. I have extensive experience in government relations and journalism.

Click here to connect with Belinda via LinkedIn.

Arnold Williams

Marketing Manager, Hygiene Express

Arnold Williams is Marketing Manager at Sydney-based Hygiene Express.

Ned Coten

Chief Executive and shareholder, EngageRM

Ned Coten is Chief Executive and shareholder of EngageRM, a business and Marketing Automation, CRM and Data Analytics platform for the sport and entertainment vertical.

Ned is a former athlete and sports management leader and the immediate past President of Basketball Australia, while continuing to sit on the Competitions Commission of basketball’s world body, FIBA. He also Chairs the Advisory Board for The Contenders, one of Australia’s leading brand strategy agencies and owns and operates two successful self storage businesses.

He has investments in Aged Care, Property and Technology, while continuing as an active mentor for aspiring business leaders.

Ned has extensive experience in leadership, sports management, consumer branding, sales and marketing. He is a former CEO of a number of Australia’s leading sports organisations and has operated multiple businesses as a senior executive, investor, board chair and director over the past 30 years.

Ned holds an MBA from the University of NSW and has written a book on branding and marketing for sport.

While attending the Australian Institute of Sport, Ned represented Australia at the 1983 World Junior Basketball Championships in Spain. He had a brief career in the National Basketball League and co-founded the Goldfields Giants in Western Australia’s State Basketball League. He holds relationships across sport and business within Australia and globally and remains a passionate and committed volunteer, with continuous service throughout his life.