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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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...
Get down at Groove is in the Park along the coast this summer
What's On
This summer, you will have the opportunity to groove along the NSW South Coast, shake off some of those isolation kilos and lift your spirits. From Corrigans Beach to Narooma, Just Dance Eurobodalla is presenting Groove is in the Park, a series of five outdoor community dance events across the Eurobodalla Shire. The events will be held in five locations...
A Very GIVIT Christmas connects with bushfire affected communities
Community
As we get closer to Christmas, we also approach the anniversary of the Black Summer bushfires which devastated so many communities in southeast Australia. Because it is the traditional time of giving, you may wonder how you can directly help people who were, and still are, affected by the fires. National online charity GIVIT has partnered with Handmade Canberra for...
Girls on Fire program encourages women into firefighting ranks
Community
There was a multi-agency approach to fire training on Sunday, 15 November, as 12 girls were given a taste of firefighting at the Eurobodalla Fire Training Centre in Mogo, on the NSW South Coast. The Girls on Fire program brings potential new recruits together with the NSW Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service,...
The Dwarf Tomato Project propagates seedlings for sale at Tulgeen’s Riverside Nursery
Community
Melbourne Cup Day has passed and it's time to get those tomato seedlings in for summer. Have you thought about going for a dwarf variety? Tulgeen's Riverside Nursery in Bega is a Tulgeen Social Enterprise, employing people with disability in paid, meaningful employment and providing training opportunities. This crew of support workers and supported employees is responsible for Riverside Nursery’s...
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