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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NSW council elections postponed a year due to COVID-19
News
Legislation to postpone NSW council elections for a year was passed in the NSW Parliament on Tuesday (24 March) with the support of Local Government NSW (LGNSW). The elections were due to be held in September 2020 but will now take place in September 2021. The Minister for Local Government, Shelley Hancock, said it was a “regrettable decision to postpone...
It’s stay-cation time as the South Coast and regions ask you not to visit
Community
Easter is a popular time for family getaways and now the kids are (physically) out of school early, a trip to the beach may sound appealing, however, you are being asked not to come. The key message from the Prime Minister is to stop all non-essential travel, to halt the spread of COVID-19. In addition to that potential problem, regional areas...
Brumbies and GIVIT bring welcome relief to bushfire-hit Gundillion
Community
The locality of Gundillion, between Braidwood and Cooma, has received some much-needed generosity from the Brumbies & GIVIT Bushfire Appeal. GIVIT Regional Manager ACT/SE NSW Caroline Odgers attended the annual International Women’s Day Luncheon at Gundillion Hall to meet some of the recipients first hand. The Gundillion Hall is the focus of local community activities as the area does not...
Aqua fitness is making a splash in the Eurobodalla
Community
The older we get, the more important it is to maintain fitness, not just for heart health and mobility, but to make us less susceptible to falls. The paradox being that as exercise becomes more important, the harder it can be. That's where aqua fitness comes in. Aqua fitness is a growing industry as more people realise the benefits of low-impact...
Dargues Gold Mine fined by the EPA on Monday, spills again on Tuesday
News
On Tuesday March 10, just a day after the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) fined Big Island Mining Pty Ltd $15,000 for an alleged discharge of sediment laden water from their gold mine at Majors Creek, mine operator Diversified Minerals announced a further spill. A statement from the company says that “during a routine inspection", they “became aware of sediment-laden water...
Powerful paintings and pots emerge from the summer of fire and fury
Arts & Culture
‘Angels and Waratahs’ is a new exhibition opening at The Hive Queanbeyan on Saturday 14 March. The joint exhibition presents paintings by Major’s Creek artist Jane Ahlquist alongside the earthy ceramics by Queanbeyan’s Galia Shy. The show responds to the torment of the natural environment through the tempestuous summer of bushfires and the nurture of the bush as new growth...
Aboriginal Land Council crews help repair coastal river systems
Community
After the devastation of the summer bushfires on the south coast, it’s not only the built environment that needs repair. Whole ecosystems have been stressed by the long hot burning which has stripped away the undergrowth and destabilised the landscape. What’s left on the ground is centimetres of fine grey ash. And then came the rains. With around 200 mm...
Braidwood Apprentice sparkles at World Skills
Community
For a town full of artisans, Braidwood has now produced an award-winning gem of an apprentice in the jewellery trade. Jeweller Logan Preston has just completed his apprenticeship under William Verdon Manufacturing Jeweller in Braidwood and has recently won the State World Skills Challenge for Jewellery. For a town of around 1600 residents, Braidwood boasts three main street jewellers and...
Local regenerative farmers will lead the way at Albury national conference
Environment
Regenerative agriculture specialists from across the South East are among a program of speakers and participants at a national conference on farming and ecological health. The ‘Farming Matters’ 2020 Conference and Field Days, to be held in Albury on March 24 and 25, will address the theme ‘For our Love of the Land’ and will be headlined by global holistic...
Musical theatre ‘Revue for Recovery’ supporting Braidwood after the bushfires
What's On
In a musical theatre first, acts from 12 of Canberra and Queanbeyan’s finest musical theatre companies will share the stage at the Bicentennial Hall in Queanbeyan tomorrow night (7 March). Stagecenta ACT, in association with Freemasons NSW/ACT (represented by Queanbeyan St Andrew Masonic Lodge), is presenting this one night only musical theatre event to raise money for Braidwood following the summer bushfires. “While many of...
Truck transport trumps tourism as New Charleyong Bridge fast-tracked
News
Travellers to Nowra on Nerriga Road (Main Road 92) will welcome news that Transport for NSW is prioritising the opening of the new Charleyong Bridge over the Mongarlowe River, but some locals are dismayed that the old bridge is still destined for demolition. Nerriga Road (MR92), also known as the Old Wool Road, runs between Braidwood and Nowra. The new...
Bushfire and heatwave haven shows its worth at Moruya’s Red Door Hall
Community
In times of crisis it can be the basic requirements that are needed, and people in Moruya were able to seek shelter in the air-conditioned safety of Red Door Hall during the January bushfires due to ongoing electrical upgrades that have shifted the space off-grid. With predictions for longer hotter summers, the Southcoast Health and Sustainability Alliance (SHASA) began the...
All the way from WA: Free fodder brings relief for south coast farmers
News
To say the farmers of the South Coast have been doing it tough is an understatement but there were smiles on their faces on Thursday morning as they lined up outside Moruya to receive free fodder from WA. Volunteer organisation Rapid Relief Team delivered 369 bales of hay donated by Rio Tinto to bring hope and a helping hand to...
Bushfire-affected ratepayers in the south east shires urged to access financial relief
News
Owners of properties destroyed by bushfires on the South Coast are being urged to access the NSW Government's financial assistance for rates payments after ratepayers were sent bills. The state government announced this month it will cover six months of rates for those who have lost their homes and small businesses in the state's fires. Eurobodalla Shire Council Mayor Liz...
Economic benefits cruise into Batemans Bay
Community
After a difficult and smoke-filled summer, Batemans Bay businesses opened their arms to visitors from the cruise ship Seabourn Encore which spent the day anchored off Batemans Bay on Tuesday. More than 500 passengers and crew started arriving on shore at the town jetty aboard four tenders from 8:30 am and had until 4:30 pm to explore the town and...
44 teams to take part in Rugby 7s carnival for Braidwood bushfire relief
Community
Dismayed by the cancellation of the February's annual Braidwood Race Day, some rugby enthusiasts from the Braidwood Redbacks decided to organise a fundraising weekend of Rugby 7s to buoy the town's spirits and boost the local economy. To say the idea took off is an understatement. This Saturday 44 teams will descend on Braidwood for the Bushfire 7s. Over 600...
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