Conversations about life in Canberra and the surrounding region live here on RiotACT.
Locally owned and operated, and with a growing and passionate team, RiotACT is home to engaging independent articles, images, and video journalism as well as thoughtful analysis from a team of real world, respected contributors.
Our readers are part of the conversation, these people (perhaps that’s you!) are active participants, regularly submitting posts and comments – a lively comment stream here on the website and on our social media platforms is guaranteed.
RiotACT was established in late 2000 as a place for grass roots news, opinion and analysis, and over 41,000 articles have been published to date, generating over 560,000 comments.
That spirit lives on as we grow and broaden our audience and content.
More than one in three Canberrans visit the RiotACT site at least once per month – an audience of 140,000+ unique monthly website visitors.
On Facebook there’s a community of 28,000+ followers, Twitter 9000+ and 3500+ on Instagram.
More than RiotACT, the stable now incorporates:
- About Regional – a new place for the stories of South East NSW.
- This Is Canberra – A culinary and cultural journal for the nation’s capital.
- B2B Magazine – Canberra’s premier business forum.
As a group, RiotACT platforms command the attention of 56,000+ Facebook followers, 11,000+ Twitter followers, and 8500+ Instagram followers.
These connections grow stronger and wider every day.
Michael McGoogan, Co-owner/Director
A homegrown technology prodigy, Michael founded what would become one of Australia’s largest cloud service providers, UberGlobal, in his Rivett bedroom when he was just 14.
Few of his early clients knew they were dealing with a Year 8 student who took support calls during classes at Melrose High.
By the time Michael was 27, UberGlobal’s customer base had reached 130,000+ and Melbourne IT had come calling. They acquired the business for $15.5 million in April 2015.
Michael is a business builder and investor who helps online companies manage growth, drive revenue and stay profitable.
Michael and Tim White purchased RiotACT in 2016.
There is much more to Michael’s story, check it out HERE.
Tim White, Co-owner/Director
Canberra-born, Kambah-raised tech entrepreneur Tim White was one of the driving forces behind real estate platform Allhomes.
Tim was CEO of Allhomes until June 2016 and oversaw its acquisition by Fairfax Media in 2014 for $50 million. He stayed on to integrate the platform with the newspaper company’s Domain Group.
While Tim was at the helm at Allhomes, the number of listings on the site grew from 5000 to 430,000. Page views rose from 10,000 per day to 2 million per day, and revenue grew at an annual rate of 35 per cent.
Inspired by his young family, Tim is a passionate advocate for life in the capital. Read more of his story HERE.
Ian Bushnell, News Director
Ian “Bushy” Bushnell is a career journalist and a former News Editor and Chief of Reporting staff at The Canberra Times, where he was at the centre of some of the capital’s biggest stories.
A Canberra resident since 1995, he and his partner have raised three children here and takes a keen interest in politics, urban development, health, education and sustainability issues.
He enjoys the ACT’s bush environment and its rich cultural offerings including music, theatre and sport, and a good bottle of red.
Ian Campbell, Regional Correspondent
Ian comes from a long background in radio, starting in community radio at high school in Wollongong.
Until March 2016 Ian was Regional Content Manager and Breakfast Presenter for ABC South East NSW – covering towns like Bega, Merimbula, Batemans Bay, Narooma, Cooma, Jindabyne, and Bombala.
Each town in Ian’s patch has a colour, feel, and set of skills of its own. It’s a place he knows well and brings to you via RiotACT.
Tim Benson, Business Development Manager
Tim is a Canberra boy and has thrived in the capital’s government, corporate and not-for-profit sectors.
Prior to joining the RiotACT, Tim was the founder and publisher of B2B Magazine, Canberra’s premier business magazine.
At RiotACT he drives our coverage of and relationships with the business community, looking for opportunities that build strong resilient futures for all.
Ruwendi “Wendy” Wakwella, Sub-Editor
A native of Sri Lanka, Wendy brings a big world view to the RiotACT team.
She has worked in Sri Lanka as a freelance journalist in the field, writing with passion about the plight of women in post-conflict zones.
Wendy is a current postgraduate student at the Australian National University, studying Diplomacy, which builds on her three years in the not-for-profit sector specialising in policy research and advocacy.
Lachlan Roberts, Journalist
Lachlan’s flair for sports coverage in and around Canberra adds terrific depth to the communities we serve and the RiotACT team.
This Canberra born and bred journalist sits on a big variety of sidelines, keen to reflect the depth of local and regional sport in our coverage area.
When he isn’t cheering on the Raiders, Liverpool, or Essendon, Lachlan loves to investigate, write, listen and analyse.
Our full-time team is supported by an increasing diversity of regular contributors.
This depth of talent adds a dynamic to our coverage of Canberra and the surrounding region that is unique and insightful.
Meet the team HERE.