About Alex Rea

Alex Rea has worked in print media and the arts for three decades, including 12 years as Editor of the Braidwood Times. Born and raised in Canberra, Alex has a keen interest rural and regional communities.

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#CoolQueanbeyan celebrates Q-town’s mid-century quirks
Community
Sometimes it takes a fresh pair of eyes to see what’s right in front of you. It can be hard to pin down an aesthetic of a place, the look and feel, the vibe, the patina. One person can walk straight past what another may stop and wonder at. That aesthetic can be made up of lots of small things....
Narooma Oyster Festival makes triumphant return to celebrate industry success
News
After skipping a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the sold-out 2021 Narooma Oyster Festival was back last weekend. The festival is a celebration of the oyster industry on the NSW South Coast, which is booming. The autumn weather was stunning, and after a long year of not getting out and about, the crowd arrived en masse, having booked out...
‘Pragmatic Idealists’ presents professional development for artists in southeast NSW
Arts & Culture
Making art is one thing, but getting your career as an artist up and running is another ball game. Southeast NSW has a healthy and growing arts sector and now a new venture aims to provide professional development services often only found in metropolitan areas. The newly formed Inlets – Regional Arts Services has partnered with South East Arts to present...
Majors Creek Goldmine sediment dams spill over
Environment
Dargues Gold Mine at Majors Creek has this week been forced to release sediment from the site as one sediment basin was spilling over and another was at capacity. The mine site has recorded more than 250mm of rain in the past 10 days and more than 190mm in the past seven days. Mine management alerted the community on Tuesday...
New marine rescue boat to be based at Moruya
News
A new rescue boat has been launched in Moruya to join the Marine Rescue Tuross fleet and boost safety for marine users. NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said crews from Marine Rescue Tuross would be able to be on the scene of an emergency more rapidly following the delivery of its new $400,000 rescue vessel. Mr...
Veggie beds help rebuild lives after bushfires
Community
When bushfires tore through Lorna Calder’s five-acre property on the NSW South Coast, she and her family, with their dog, Bundee, were forced out of their home and into temporary accommodation. She lost her four alpacas and her property's two veggie gardens. Last Wednesday (10 February), Lorna was one of 18 Eurobodalla residents who attend training at the SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture...
Fuel rises from the flames at East Lynne
Community
There’s a lot of love for this seemingly low-key service station on the Princes Highway, 15 minutes north of Batemans Bay. Fuel East Lynne has been a pie destination since the 1920s, but current owner Bede Cooper has injected a whole new flavour to the business. Purchasing it in December 2019, Bede moved down from Sydney's northern beaches. Setting up...
Business registrations open for Dine & Discover NSW scheme
Business
Remember those $100 worth of vouchers to boost businesses affected by COVID-19 shutdowns? The program is set to be rolled out from March 2021, but registrations are now open to eligible businesses to take part in the NSW Government's economic stimulus program, Dine & Discover NSW. Under the program, every NSW resident aged 18 and above will receive four $25 vouchers...
New exhibition to feature six decades of artwork from Jack Featherstone
Arts & Culture
An exhibition showcasing the work of Braidwood artist Jack Featherstone will open at Tuggeranong Arts Centre on Saturday, 6 February, 2021. Titled 'Jack, John and Kempsey', the exhibition features paintings from the artist’s private collection and the collections of family, friends and local collectors across a span of 62 years, between 1958 and 2020. Jack is a well known figure...
Discover the southeast’s hidden treasures on an arts trail from Bungendore to Bega
Arts & Culture
Are taking the Monday off and hitting the road for an extra-long-weekend? Here are a few exhibitions in southeast NSW where you can escape the heat and enjoy some art and culture. X Gallery, Bungendore Works by Kate Carruthers and Michael Warner in the current show at X Gallery, ‘The Fire and The Flood’. Kate Carruthers and her husband, Michael...
Your right to vote as a non-resident ratepayer
Community
Many holiday destinations have a high proportion of non-resident property owners, meaning there is also a high proportion of eligible non-resident voters in local council elections. In Eurobodalla, for instance, more than 37 per cent of ratepayers are non-residents. If you are a ratepayer, but that property is not your main electoral address, you are still eligible to vote in...
Locals pitch in to clean up South Coast beaches for summer visitors
Community
When holidaymakers head to some NSW South Coast beaches this summer, they can thank the hardworking locals who put in the effort to clean them up ahead of all the visitors arriving. During the past two weekends, South Coast residents were hard at work helping to clear some of the beaches that had bushfire debris piling up, which was brought...
Kings Highway partnership urges travellers to stay safe this summer
Community
As summer warms up, traveller numbers are surging on the Kings Highway from Canberra to the NSW South Coast. During this time, a partnership between Eurobodalla Shire Council, Shoalhaven City Council, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council, ACT Policing, NSW Police, Transport Canberra and City Services, and Transport for NSW is aiming to reduce road trauma. ACT Policing and the Kings Highway Road Safety...
Stories of resilience and diversity in Untold Eurobodalla
Arts & Culture
Why do we live where we live? How do we grasp the invisible connections between people, groups and ideas? Lee Grant and Amadis Lacheta tackle this subject in their exhibition, Untold Eurobodalla, which opens to the public on Saturday, 12 December, at the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre (The BAS) in Moruya. The exhibition coincides with the first anniversary of the...
North Rosedale’s vessel with a message collected by National Museum of Australia
Community
All vessels carry something and a small tinnie from bushfire ravaged North Rosedale, on the NSW South Coast, will carry a message of climate action to the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. As southeast Australia awoke on New Year’s Day in 2020, the full catastrophe of the fires was still only coming to light. The news that all but...
Dargues Gold Mine at Majors Creek changes hands
News
Dargues Gold Mine at Majors Creek, near Braidwood, will soon have new owners with plans to ramp up work, while the community continues to have issues with noise and the state of Majors Creek Road. On 13 November, Aurelia Metals Ltd announced to the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) that it has agreed to acquire 100 per cent of Dargues Gold...
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