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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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...
Funding to Braidwood Heritage Centre an investment in the future
Community
A proposal by the Braidwood and District Historical Society to develop the Braidwood Museum into a Heritage Centre has received funding of $2.5 million thanks to the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, the NSW Government and the Federal Government. This is the first significant funding to support Braidwood’s heritage since the listing of Braidwood and its Setting on the NSW...
Volunteers keep the SAGE heart beating
Community
Sustainable Agriculture and Garden Eurobodalla (SAGE) is shouting out for volunteers to come and join the group. Volunteers make it possible for SAGE to achieve its mission to create and support a NSW South Coast sustainable fair food economy and food sovereignty for local communities. SAGE began 10 years ago and now runs several programs, including the popular SAGE Farmers...
New book explores our thinking about waste
Environment
Queanbeyan’s Gerry Gillespie wants you to change your thinking about waste. “The only place waste exists in any natural system is between human ears," he says. "Waste is a concept; it is not a fact. Through misuse of language, it has colonised the human mind with a base deception.” On Wednesday, 28 October, Gerry will hold a virtual launch of...
Cobargo’s connected community nominated for awards
Community
When the Badja Forest Road bushfire roared into Cobargo on 30 December, 2019, four lives were lost, along with hundreds of homes and main street shops, leaving a community in shock. The town on the NSW South Coast had gone from a peaceful, musically talented locale to the front pages of the national media. By the time COVID-19 broke out...
Nerriga community shows its heart with bushfire recovery documentary
Community
Bushfire survivors from the NSW town of Nerriga tell the story of the Black Summer bushfires in an original, locally produced, half-hour radio documentary series which will be launched at Nerriga Hotel on Saturday, 17 October. The documentary, the first in a planned series of six stories from award-winning filmmaker Clare Young, from Braidwood, and producer Rose Ricketson, from Majors Creek,...
SAGE internship program producing new crop of successful farmers
Community
Two interns have started their 12 month education at Stepping Stone Farm in the latest program from SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening Eurobodalla). SAGE’s Stepping Stone Farm project is an incubator program on a working farm west of Moruya that aims to train aspiring growers to become successful commercial market gardeners. Interns Joshua Gowers and Shani Keane, both from Sydney, started last...
Major disruptions for essential works on the Kings Highway at Clyde Mountain from Monday, 12 October
News
Coastal commuters and holidaymakers will have to plan their drives around major maintenance and repair work on the Kings Highway at Clyde Mountain from 12 October. The mountain will be closed in both directions at night between 6:00 pm and 6:00 am, Monday to Thursday for about three weeks from 12 October, weather permitting. Roadworks will also be carried out...
Outdoor art celebrates community resilience
Arts & Culture
The Eurobodalla’s River of Art Festival is over for another year, but works from the Revive public art project endure through six murals painted in Batemans Bay, Moruya, Narooma and Tilba Tilba. Revive 2020 was curated and led by professional artist Tim De Haan (aka Phibs), with mural artists Cheryl Overton, Claire Foxton, Happy Decay, Krimsone, Evelyn Joy and Michelle...
GIVIT generates practical support for southeast communities
Community
From generators to Dyson vacuum cleaners, GIVIT is getting much needed help to bushfire affected communities. GIVIT is a national online charity that connects generous Australians who want to donate items, services or cash to people in need. Since 2009, more than two million items have been donated through the charity, including to people affected by the past summer’s bushfires...
The business of formals: dancing outdoors and reduced mingling
Community
School formals are more than just an end-of-school dance for Year 12 students. They may be the first time some young adults get to really dress up and go for broke (literally) with their gowns and suits, hair and beauty, corsages and smart cars. There was a collective sigh of relief from businesses last week when the NSW Government declared...
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