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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Water woes for Braidwood and beyond as drought dries up Shoalhaven River
News
Level three water restrictions are now in place for Braidwood as the ongoing drought sucks the upper Shoalhaven River dry. Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council says Braidwood's reservoir has dropped significantly, leaving the town with just several months of water supply. For the Braidwood district, fighting the North Black Range Bushfire for the last two weeks, many rural residents have been left...
Water worries prompt suspension of road grading around Braidwood and Bungendore
News
With a hot dry summer forecast, bushfires ravaging the landscape and rivers across the south-east of NSW slowing to a trickle, or ceasing to flow altogether, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) has announced it will suspend grading on some of QPRC's 750 km of unsealed roads. Bungendore and Braidwood have been placed on Level 1 and Level 2 water restrictions respectively,...
New drought hardy garden beds for veg at Moruya Community Garden
Community
The grounds of Moruya's Red Door Hall now have a community garden designed to cope with the dry times we live in. Sustainable Agriculture & Gardening Eurobodalla (SAGE), received an IMB Bank Community Foundation grant of $20,000 which included establishing a Moruya Community Garden. 'Veggies For All' Coordinator Kathryn Maxwell says “Without this funding this amazing SAGE project would not...
The Tomakin garage sale that has raised $2 million for the Kids Cancer Centre
News
A $2 million celebration was held at The Rally for Recovery last Saturday. The milestone marked the amount of money raised for the Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation and Kids Cancer Centre (KCC) - all from a modest shed in Tomakin. The Rally for Recovery has been raising funds for KCC since 2001. The Rally, as it is affectionately known, sells...
New mosaic adds to Tomakin’s beauty
Arts & Culture
Community members at Tomakin have just finished another large mosaic on the eastern side of the Tomakin amenities block. About Regional was there as Sue Jackson. Kathy McKenzie (Art director) and Delma Manning were putting the finishing touches to the artwork. Stage one of the mosaics was completed in 2015, with design input from Mogo Primary School, and Stage 2...
Ideas for driving emissions down to assist with Eurobodalla climate adaptation
Environment
With fires raging up and down the East Coast, temperature records being broken and our rivers running dry, many in the community are asking for action and leadership from all levels of government. Members of the Eurobodalla community have just attended a council workshop held in response to moves for Eurobodalla Shire Council to declare a climate emergency. Council’s Manager...
Southern Tablelands initiative recognised for innovative agriculture
Economy
With the implications of climate change growing louder in community consciousness, one group has been concentrating on land, soil and food production in innovative ways. ‘Land to Market Australia’ (L2MA), based on the NSW Southern Tablelands, has been named Grand Champion of the 2019 NSW Landcare Awards for the Australian Government Innovation in Agriculture Award. The 2019 Landcare Awards, presented...
Braidwood fire at Emergency Level as rural residents consider leaving for town
News
An Emergency Warning has been issued for the North Black Range Fire, west of Braidwood. Just after 1 pm this afternoon, the Alert Level quickly went from Advice to Watch and Act and is currently (4:32 pm November 29) at the Emergency level. The fire which flared yesterday is burning in the Tallaganda National Park and is burning out of...
Moruya and Bega students join School Strike 4 Climate on Friday
Environment
Far South Coast students will join in with the global movement 'School Strike 4 Climate' this Friday in Moruya and Bega. Students are calling for urgent political action on climate change in solidarity with bushfire victims. Local Moruya students have organised a sit-in at the Eurobodalla Council chambers. Strikers are asked to bring an eco-friendly picnic and loose change to...
Moruya’s Bill Woods returns for book signing
Arts & Culture
Author and sports journalist Bill Woods is proud to call Moruya his home town, and he returned over the weekend to sign copies of his latest book, a young adult fiction novel called Trio: The Redemption Code. Woods has spent 36 years in all forms of media. After his schooling at Moruya High School, Woods gained a degree in journalism...
Moruya Colour Run chalks up awareness of domestic violence
Community
On Saturday (November 23) Moruya’s Riverside Park was filled with young people who had a message - domestic violence is not tolerated here. With funding available for a youth event, the Eurobodalla Youth Committee chose a Colour Run. Working with the Eurobodalla Domestic Violence Committee, the event was aimed at raising awareness of domestic violence. The Color Run is also known...
‘Silver Threads Among The Gold’ at Braidwood’s 25th Airing of the Quilts
What's On
In 1995, twenty-five quilts mysteriously appeared, hanging from first-floor verandah rails in Braidwood. Since then, the fourth weekend of November has been the time for Braidwood quilters to air their quilts and celebrate their craft. Braidwood’s major event of the year is on again this weekend (23 and 24 November), featuring the Airing of the Quilts. With the historic town’s...
Moruya shellfish hatchery a step closer
News
The construction of a state-of-the-art hatchery facility on the Moruya River to supply shellfish spat (babies) to the NSW oyster and mussel industry is a step closer after Eurobodalla Council signed a contract to design, build and operate the facility. The project aims to meet a major challenge for the shellfish industry of sourcing reliable, quality oyster spat. Eurobodalla Council...
Calls for historic Charleyong Bridge to be saved as tourism draw card
News
Nerriga Road users have welcomed the construction of a new $23 million bridge over the Mongarlowe River at Charleyong, but some locals would like to save the old ‘Allen Truss’ Bridge which has served the road since 1901. Nerriga Road (MR92), or the Old Wool Road, runs between Braidwood and Nowra. Construction of the road approaches began in July 2018 and...
Solar systems for free – trial for low income households on the South Coast
News
For many, with all the best intentions in the world, getting solar on your rooftop is just too much of a stretch. The need to move to renewables has been brought sharply into focus with record temperatures across the country and bushfires burning out of control. However now, the South Coast has been included in a trail of up to...
ReVive Art Prize at The Bas during Recycling Week
Arts & Culture
This years’ ReVive Art Prize has been won by Michelle Slezak for her work Planet, a striking circular walk piece comprising small rolls of discarded cloth, textile remnants and a wine barrel ring. Entries in the ReVive Art Prize can now be viewed at the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre in Moruya, showcasing re-inventive works by 18 artists. The biennial competition...
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