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Magazine Issue 10 out now…

Amanda Whitley

Issue 10 of HerCanberra’s Magazine deals with Disruption.

From kick-arse local sportswomen showing the boys how it’s done, to a mum and daughter building a life together as they travel the world; fashion features celebrating freedom and ageless elegance, and raw reflections on new motherhood.

Here’s a look at 11 things you’ll find inside (because we couldn’t stop at just 10!).

PLUS – please scroll to the end for an important question we need to ask you.

Maker’s Mark


Image: Tim Bean Photography

In a convenience-obsessed world where consumers want things ‘now’ and want them cheap, where mass production is rife, is there room for artists who continue to make things with their own hands? We meet four locals who are maintaining a connection with tradition and bucking the trend.

Escaping the Modern Loop

Image: Evie Farrell

Image: Evie Farrell

Have you ever wanted to throw in the towel and just go? To quit your job, buy a one-way ticket and pack your swimmers? We meet one mum and daughter who’ve made travelling a way of life.

Accessories 101

Image: Jenny Wu, Straight No Chaser Photography

Styling: Hayley O’Neill. Photography: Jenny Wu, Straight No Chaser Photography

Essential advice for how to up your outfit game using timeless accessories: from red lipstick to statement sneakers.

The Mask of Motherhood


Having a baby is one of the most precious moment in life, but it’s also one of the most difficult adjustments. So why, in the age of oversharing, does it still feel taboo to say so?

Hot Dog!

Styling: Belinda Neame. Image: Tim Bean Photography.

Styling: Belinda Neame. Image: Tim Bean Photography.

Franks get fancy as we reinvent the classic hot dog, four ways.

Two for The Road

Styling: Hayley O'Neill. Photography: Lauren Campbell.

Styling: Hayley O’Neill. Photography: Lauren Campbell.

Taking cues from the classic ‘girl power’ movie, Thelma and Louise, our fashion editorial celebrates throwing off the shackles of everyday life.

Stirring The Pot

Image: Tim Bean Photography

Image: Tim Bean Photography

Women have historically been consigned to the kitchen—or relegated to serving food and drink—yet few have traditionally reached positions of power, self-determination and creativity in the male-dominated restaurant and beverage industry. We meet four Canberra women who are causing a stir.

Never Leaving Home

Styling: Belinda Neam. Image: Tim Bean Photography.

Styling: Belinda Neam. Image: Tim Bean Photography.

It’s a familiar scenario in cities across the country. Young couple falls in love and buys a home together, they choose something small in an outer suburb and as their family grows, they add rooms or move to a larger place closer to the city. Except when you are Belinda Neame and Tim Bean and you want to stay exactly where you are.

Around the World in 30 Days

Image: Paul Chamberlin.

Image: Paul Chamberlin.

Not content to spend school holidays on the Gold Coast, Emma Macdonald packs up a husband and two kids and begins and adventure travelling to bucket-list countries in head-spinning succession.

Changing The Game

Image: Martin Ollman.

Image: Martin Ollman.

The single biggest reason we’re passionate about women participating in sport is because it is empowering—especially when you’re talking about traditionally male-dominated sports. We talk to local women who are changing the game.

Daddy Disrupted

Image: Martin Ollman

Image: Martin Ollman

Having a baby is a life-changing event for any parent—as well as one of the toughest jobs in the world. But for those dads who choose to become primary caregivers while their partners return to work, the experience also often flies in the face of societal expectation.

An important question

We’ve been producing this gorgeous FREE publication since March 2015 and we’re proud that it keeps growing in size and quality. We love that it is providing our local creatives with a chance to show their work, and giving voice to the amazing people and businesses in this city.

But…each issue costs around $20,000 to print. That doesn’t include the cost of photography or models or make up and hair artists or stylists or even take into account the hundreds and hundreds of hours of our team’s time that goes into it. (BTW, we’re serious about not asking people to do things for free – we either pay the people who contribute, or we offer them reciprocal services to equal value).

There are so many cool things that we’d like to be able to do with Magazine. We want to make it bigger and better and continue to produce something that Canberra women love to read, and that this city is proud of. But there’s only so much we can do if it remains a free publication.

So, we’re putting it out there and asking the question: would you pay for your copy of Magazine? If so, how much do you think it’s worth? Or would you rather, say, contribute $5 per month towards its production, meaning that we are able to put even more resources into making it a publication that is here for years to come.

We’re listening. Please leave a comment or drop us a line at [email protected] with your thoughts.


Amanda Whitley

Amanda Whitley is the founder and director of HerCanberra. In her 'spare time', she instructs zumba, loves to cook (and eat), and wrangles two gorgeous little girls. She's done everything from present the tv news to operate a stop and go sign and is passionate about connecting Canberra women. More about the Author

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