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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Victorian artists light up Jindabyne’s Lake Light Sculpture
Arts & Culture
Three Victorians are the major winners of the 17th Annual Lake Light Sculpture exhibition, held at Banjo Paterson Park, Jindabyne over the Easter long weekend. Winner of the Major Award of $10,000 sponsored by Thredbo Resort was sculptor Matt Hill of Rye (VIC) with his entry Mumma and Foal. The two-piece sculpture is of a mare and her foal and...
Queanbeyan Palerang Heritage Awards, and the winners are…
Arts & Culture
For the first time, the Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) Heritage Awards were held at the Braidwood Museum. Mayor Tim Overall presented the awards before an audience of around 40 people. A total of ten nominations across the three categories were received and all the nominations were of a high standard. The judges found making a decision very challenging and...
Retirement after fifty years in pharmacy for Braidwood’s Julie Ballard
Health & Wellbeing
Braidwood Pharmacy has served the healthcare needs of the community since approximately 1886. In recent years, Julie Ballard and Bente Hart have been the familiar pharmacist faces inside the chemist, supported by their loyal team. From the first of May, the Braidwood community will enjoy the same great service, with a slightly new line-up of pharmacists. Julie Ballard is retiring,...
Smart Farms Grant success for Sapphire Coast Wilderness Oysters
Business
Sapphire Coast Wilderness Oysters has been a big winner through the Smart Farms Small Grants program with $194,812 on its way to grow the business and strengthen ecosystems. Made up of oyster farmers from Wapengo, Merimbula, Pambula, and Wonboyn, Sapphire Coast Wilderness Oysters aims to ensure the protection of the environment and the sustainability of the oyster industry. The funding will...
Artists invited to show at The Bas in 2020
Arts & Culture
The newly opened Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre at Moruya, AKA The Bas, is now seeking expressions of interest from artists looking to exhibit in 2020. Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Arts Coordinator Indi Carmichael said new exhibitions at The Bas were programmed in monthly time slots. “There are 12 slots all up, with each show running for three to four weeks,” she said....
An artistic celebration of the ‘High Country’
Arts & Culture
To say Braidwood artist and educator Janita Byrne is qualified for the job is a severe understatement. Her unique capturing of the Australian landscape, often enlivened by undulating mountains and verdant bushland, serves a calming treat for the senses. And now, everyone will have the chance to enjoy an exclusive selection of her paintings,  exhibiting in Canberra at the Australian...
Inclusive new playground for Braidwood
News
Braidwood has been a favourite stopover on the Kings Highway for generations of Canberrans popping down to the coast. The stopover will now be much enhanced by a new playground in Ryrie Park. When Palerang and Queanbeyan City Councils were amalgamated in 2016, $500,000 from the $9 million Stronger Communities Fund was allocated to enhance the Braidwood town centre. Last...
Hit the weekend arts trail – Queanbeyan, Bungendore, Braidwood, Moruya
Arts & Culture
Already had enough of the footy?! Feel like getting some art into this weekend? There's plenty of talent on show around the region...  The Q, Queanbeyan, 251 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan. ‘Earthly Treasures of our Shire’, is an exhibition by Jerrabomberra artist Cheryl Hodges. This botanical artist won the QPRC Regional Art Awards - Exhibition Award in 2017 with her painting ‘Castanea sativa’...
2020 Photo call with focus on Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden
Arts & Culture
Entries are now being accepted for the popular Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden photographic competition. Now in its sixth year, entrants have a chance to win cash prizes and their image included in the garden’s 2020 calendar. Garden manager Michael Anlezark said the annual exhibition had continued to grow since the competition seed was sown in 2013. “It’s a great showcase...
Landscape Rehydration Project rewarded with $3.8M grant
Environment
The Mulloon Institute (TMI) has been awarded a $3.8 million grant to continue and expand the Mulloon Community Landscape Rehydration Project, collecting vital scientific data on the hydrology and outcomes of the project. Interest in the Institute was revitalised following its appearance on the ABC TV Australian Story episode 'Hope Springs', further amplified by the Murray Darling Basin controversy. TMI...
Judith Wright’s legacy to be celebrated with healing festival in Braidwood
Arts & Culture
The 2019 Two Fires Festival will be celebrating 'Food Health and Healing Land' in Braidwood on Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of April. This family-friendly event is an opportunity to learn about and experience native and local food, art and literature, local activism, indigenous culture and regenerative farming. Since its beginning in 2005, the Two Fires Festival celebrates...
Machine Show rolling into Braidwood
What's On
Braidwood is set to host the third annual Machine Show from Friday 29th – Sunday 31st of March. The Machine Show is a vintage motorcycle camp-out weekend get-together for folks of all ages, all motorcycle marques, all motorcycle styles – pre-1989 – held at the Braidwood Showground. Architect and bike builder Matt Darwon - aka Matt Machine - started the...
Corn Trail campaigners convince Barilaro that logging should cease
Community
Member for Monaro and Deputy Premier John Barilaro has written to The Minister for Lands and Forestry, Paul Toole MP on behalf of the Friends of Mongarlowe River (FMR), asking for a cessation of logging in the areas of forest alongside the bottom of the historic Corn Trail. In late February campaigners from Friends of Mongarlowe River, including Harry Laing, John...
Skydiving Championships take to Moruya’s big blue skies
News
The 2019 Australian and New Zealand National Skydiving Championships were officially opened on Sunday evening at the newly upgraded Moruya Airport. Moruya’s Skydive Oz is hosting up to 150 the country’s best skydivers in the annual meet run by the Australian Parachute Federation. Joining in the opening was Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes, who took her first tandem jump with Paul...
Record entries dive into Broulee Bay to Breakers
Sport
It was a perfect morning for the eigth Annual Hotondo Broulee Bay to Breakers Ocean Swim on Sunday. A record 413 entries were recorded for the 1.4 km Race from Shark Bay around the headland to South Broulee Beach. Out on the water, Broulee Surf Life Saving Club members patrolled the course in a variety of watercraft as a done...
NSW Election: Will big spending promises bring Barilaro home in Monaro?
News
Election promises are flowing from all quarters as the NSW Coalition shores up their chances in what could be a potentially close call for the Berejiklian government and for deputy premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro. So who is promising what to Monaro residents, and why? Monaro is very much in play with a margin of 2.5 per cent....
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