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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From Bodalla to Braidwood, via Rome and Tokyo, Olympic horseman’s passing mourned
News
OBITUARY: NEALE LAVIS OAM One of Australia's greatest horsemen, Neale Lavis OAM, died on Sunday, 6 October. He was 89. Mr Lavis was best known as one of the four-man Australian equestrian team that won gold at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games; however, a true horseman all his life, he also had significant success in thoroughbred breeding and training. Born...
New ideas for climate action up for discussion in Eurobodalla
News
The 600 people who filled the lawn in front of the Eurobodalla Shire Council during the Global Climate Strike on September 20 wanted action on climate change at all levels of government. “They are determined, passionate and clear about what needs to be done to avert a climate catastrophe," says Allan Rees from Eurobodalla 350.org “It was bigger than any...
Country fun and games at the Araluen Sports Day – Saturday
Sport
Looking for some family fun for the long weekend? Willing to step up and try a few old-fashioned tests of skill and strength? The Araluen Sports Day is held annually on the Saturday (October 5) of October long weekend. Sounded by the backdrop of mountains in the beautiful Araluen Valley this historic event includes fun activities for all the family...
Arts trail from Bodalla to Braidwood, Bungendore, and Queanbeyan
Arts & Culture
From the coast to the Capital, there's plenty of art to see in the coming days and weeks... Stuart Whitelaw & Gillian Wilde at Gallery Bodalla An exhibition of recent bodies of work by Stuart Whitelaw ‘Breath of the Lotus’, and Gillian Wilde ‘Twinkle and Trust’ runs through to Sunday, October  27 at Gallery Bodalla. In this show Gillian continues...
Chairs with altitude – Merritts’ memories auctioned off at Thredbo
News
If chairs could talk there would be a few interesting tales to tell featuring the many passengers to take a seat on the Merritts Chairlift at Thredbo over the last 50 plus years. Meeting new friends, overcoming fears, resting those tired legs, and ogling at those perfect parallel turns of the Ski Patrollers - its all been part of the...
On the Tarlinton Bridle Trail – Scott’s ‘Epic Super Adventure’ from Braidwood to Cobargo
News
Ultra marathon runner Scott Page has spent the last year researching, trekking and riding on horseback preparing for an ‘Epic Super Adventure’ that started yesterday (September 21) at Braidwood. Scott and friends have embarked on a five day journey, running from Braidwood to Cobargo following the historic Tarlinton Bridle Trail. The track takes in 200 km and about 50 river...
Horticulture heresy – garlic swindle uncovered ‘guru’ pleads guilty
News
The Australian garlic industry is in shock with Leticia Ware, Tasmanian garlic grower, ‘guru’ of the industry, and Chair of the Australian Garlic Industry Association (AGIA), charged with the illegal importation of garlic. In fact, anyone aware of the implications for Australian agriculture would have been dumbfounded. In early September, Ware pleaded guilty to 10 charges; three counts of aggravated...
Sediment discharge from Dargues Reef Gold Mine at Majors Creek
News
Diversified Minerals, operators of the Dargues Reef Gold Mine at Majors Creek, was quick to notify the public, the Community Consultative Committee and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) following a discharge of "sediment laden water" from the mine site this week. The spill came after just 30.6mm of rainfall was recorded on September 17. The notification said, “Overall the Site...
Spring Equinox to mark 10 years of SAGE in the Eurobodalla
Community
Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of SAGE - Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening Eurobodalla, with a Spring Equinox picnic will be a timely reminder of how an idea planted a decade ago has developed strong roots and continues to grow and produce great outcomes for the community. “It’s a wonderful achievement on many levels," says SAGE President Mark Barraclough. “We are recognised as...
Sustainable Eurobodalla houses open this Sunday
Environment
Sustainable House Day is this Sunday - September 15, and provides a great opportunity to visit some of Australia's leading green homes. Local homes that are environmentally friendly, cheaper to run and more comfortable to live in. Across NSW more than 50 houses are open for you to explore and learn from. In the Eurobodalla, open houses are located at...
‘Get Ready’ for the bush fire season – this weekend with your local RFS
Community
The NSW Rural Fire Service is calling on residents to join with volunteer firefighters and prepare for the bush fire season on Get Ready Weekend - this weekend, September 14 & 15. Weather, climate and drought conditions across NSW have brought the need to prepare properties for fire into sharp focus. Although it's only just Spring, fires have already been...
Winners announced from ‘My Community Project’ – Bega, Monaro, Goulburn
News
After an odd first time voting process to decide grant funding to communities, the NSW Government has announced the winners from the 'My Community Project' program. Based on a popular vote, the successful projects will share in $24.7 million from the NSW Government - around $200,000 was available per electorate. My Community Project used a preferential voting system. Voters were...
1830’s Georgian Moruya homestead on the market
Property
The National Trust listed Kiora House is up for sale. The house is a handsome colonial era homestead just outside Moruya overlooking the Deua River. It was built by John Hawdon in 1832-33 on land granted in 1831. Heritage NSW describes the house as “arguably the most sophisticated early house built in the region.” At the time of its construction,...
Joint author talk at Braidwood Library this Saturday morning
Arts & Culture
Zac T Quinn and Christine Marino will be giving a joint author talk at the Braidwood Library on Saturday - August 24 at 11 am. Quinn will be talking about his new novel 'Sanlundia' and local Bungendore Librarian Christina Marino will be talking about her novel 'Community'. Although very different books they both explore concerns about the future and the...
The Knight on the Kings Highway – connecting periods in time
Sport
Deep in the forest, on the side of a mountain, lives a Knight and his Lady. You may have noticed the imposing handmade stone gateway on the Kings Highway between the Clyde Mountain and Nelligen. Black Flat, the stone home of Darrell and Lisa Bossley, sits high above the roadway. The front paddock is the home of their Friesian horses...
Colonial fantasia at The Bas in Moruya
Arts & Culture
The current exhibition by Anna Glynn at The Basil Sellars Exhibition Centre in Moruya, reimagines colonial perceptions through the art of early artists such as John Hunter, the Port Jackson Painter, and George Raper. Titled ‘Promiscuous Provenance’ the exhibition encourages a re-examination of our relationship with our colonial past. The title comes from a quote by Governor John Hunter who...
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