About Dione David

After graduating with a Bachelor of Journalism, Dione was first a journalist for local community newspapers and then a features writer for glossy magazines in the UK.

She then completed stints as a copywriter for Fairfax and an online lifestyle features writer, before leaving the media industry all together and declaring she would never return.

A decade later, when she’s not falling in love with writing again, she’s tending far too many houseplants and enjoying the chaos of life with her little family in the beautiful Illawarra region.

She enjoys telling people’s stories, covering everything from business to the environment, food and the arts.

Get in touch at [email protected]

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Rosella Street’s community of conscious consumers can now gather on iOS, Android
Rosella Street users now have all of the website's functionality at their fingertips with the launch of its new app. Available for Android and iOS devices, the app combines all the features of the web version with the convenience of notifications. This includes Rosella Street's Community, supporting Marketplace, its innovative Impact Tracker and nifty Wallet functions. In the Community section...
Workplace bullying and harassment – why token training is not enough
Expert Advice
Contrary to popular belief, identifying workplace bullying and harassment isn't always a question of qualitative data. While organisations commonly rely on staff surveys or find themselves on the back foot when a report is made, research conducted by Sententia Consulting has revealed quantitative data points that can indicate trouble – and it's information most businesses collect as standard. "There are...
Nicole brings her strengths, passions to Independent’s new Build to Rent space
Expert Advice
While long a popular model in the US, UK and Europe, Canberra is a relative newcomer to the Build to Rent market. Despite being a newer concept in Australia, this asset class has drawn increasing interest from developers in residential real estate. It's a shift recognised by Independent Property Group, which has named Nicole Short as head of a new...
Perfect timing for real estate couple to wave the Raine & Horne Commercial flag in Canberra
Local Leaders
A Canberra husband and wife team has decided to ride the national capital's thriving commercial property market wave, opening Raine & Horne Commercial Canberra. With decades of combined experience in real estate, primarily in Canberra, Mark and Hayley Nicholls said the timing wasn't coincidental. Principal and Managing Director Mr Nicholls said the decision by the new Federal Government to revise...
Construction capitalises on under-tapped resource to rescue skills shortage
Lucy Marburg slipped into the construction industry as an administration officer. She didn't consider herself as working "in construction", nor was it ever intended. "I always saw it as a male-dominated area," she says. "But I quickly developed an interest in the construction side of the company. I was drawn to it by its fast-paced, challenging but rewarding nature. "My...
Challenging a will after death certainly a legitimate option
Expert Advice
A will should represent a person's wishes, in writing, as to how they want to distribute and leave their assets after death. But what happens when the terms of the will are ambiguous or for some reason, seem unacceptable? Maliganis Edwards Johnson (MEJ) partner Craig Edwards says many people don't realise the application of a will can be changed after...
More than Canberra’s gateway – Majura Valley reveals rich past, exciting future
It's uncommon for farmland to be found in capital cities, but in the case of the Majura Valley – it's important. "We are in a constant state of vigilance when it comes to the integrity of this land," says Anne McGrath from Majura Valley Free Range Eggs. "We have to make sure that agriculture, including that related to tourism, is...
The chef changing the way aged care residents dine
Local Leaders
From his early training in Switzerland to a six-week London internship under Gordon Ramsay and his role as Parliament House executive sous chef, to say chef Sandeep Vaid's credentials are impressive would be an understatement. He has catered for dignitaries from Australian prime ministers to the king and queen of Spain and the Sultan of Brunei. Now, it's the residents...
Thinking ahead will pay off come tax time 2022, say experts
Expert Advice
Be smart when navigating instant asset write-offs, conscious of where JobSeeker and pandemic payments may have placed you, and aware of changing super guarantees. And if you're hoping to cash in on COVID-related deductions that characterised the past two financial years, tread warily. As the end of FY21/22 approaches, taxpayers should carefully consider their next moves. RSM in Canberra accountant...
Solar power seeks sun and saves on bills, even in depths of Canberra winter
Local Leaders
Whatever the weather, solar remains the best energy source for Canberrans in terms of the environment and the hip pocket. Canberra winters are a force to be reckoned with. But as long as there's sunlight, there's solar power. It's a common misconception that solar panels require heat to work. In fact, they convert sunlight into electricity, not heat, says Mondiaux...
Vantage takes top prize at Strata Community Awards for third straight year
A memorable three-peat stole the show as the ACT strata community celebrated its best across 11 business, project and individual categories at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra. Vantage Strata took out the night’s big prize at the CHU SCA (ACT) 2021 Strata Community Awards on Friday, 18 February. For the third year in succession, the Canberra team won the Strata Community...