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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Rock art prompts social media firestorm in Braidwood over Black Lives Matter
News
Travellers on Kings Highway will be familiar with Braidwood’s "birthday rock", which has heralded birthdays, rights of passage and events for decades. But a social media firestorm has erupted across the community after locals used the well-known landmark to protest when the Seven Network's weatherman Sam Mac broadcast live from town in late June. Sunrise was recently accused of racism...
Extra funds for new Eurobodalla Hospital in Moruya
News
An extra $50 million has been pledged by the NSW Government for the new Eurobodalla Hospital in Moruya. NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research Brad Hazzard said extensive community consultation has resulted in a Clinical Services Plan for the new first-class regional hospital. “A site is being selected for the new hospital in consultation with stakeholders and will consider...
Funding for mange treatment program for coastal wombats
Community
Federal funding through the Communities Environment Program has been provided to WIRES Mid South Coast Branch to implement a wombat mange treatment program across the Eurobodalla Shire. Federal MP and Member for Gilmore Fiona Phillips was in Moruya on Tuesday to meet WIRES volunteer Tony de la Fosse, WIRES specialist carer Nelda Paterson and little Neddie the wombat. “The South...
Time is up for Braidwood’s historic poplar avenues
Community
The longstanding saga of Braidwood’s historic highway entry lined with golden and Lombardy poplar trees is progressing to the next stage. Last week, Transport for NSW emailed some residents with plans to replace the ageing poplars with new saplings. The poplars have been deemed a roadside hazard because they are too close to the highway, and there have been several...
Vale Keith Lyons: A life in sport
Community
On Wednesday, 13 May 2020, Keith Lyons, loving husband, brother, father and grandfather died at the age of 68. Professor Keith Lyons had a career spanning continents as a teacher and mentor in sports and education. Living in Australia for almost 20 years, Keith became an active member of the Braidwood community, working with the Braidwood and District Education Foundation...
Braidwood Heritage Centre proposal to tap into town’s rich past
Arts & Culture
Of the three million-odd people travelling through Braidwood each year, how many have wondered just what's behind the impressive stone facade of the local Museum, or popped in to have a look? Not nearly enough, according to the Braidwood & District Historical Society (B&DHS), which plans to change that and last week unveiled an exciting multi-million dollar plan to help...
Between a rock and a taste place – this year, take the Narooma Oyster Festival home
Food & Wine
For lovers of the NSW South Coast, the taste of freshly shucked oysters might be the most evocative taste. However, oyster aficionados from the across the state's southeast may have missed their fill because of the past summer's bushfires and now COVID-19 restrictions. With the Narooma Oyster Festival cancelled this year, oyster lovers are encouraged to enjoy their fill at...
Borrowed Ground for veggie growers’ startup
Food & Wine
Ever dreamed of starting an earthy business on the coast? Well, this young couple are doing just that. Alex Chiswell and Eliza Cannon have leased – or 'borrowed ground' – four acres on the Moruya river-flats to start a small-scale market garden, Borrowed Ground, based on organic and regenerative principles. Their idea has firmly taken off with a Pozible crowdfunding...
Annual Goulburn Art Award moves online – winners announced via live Instagram ceremony
Arts & Culture
With self-isolation in full effect due to COVID-19, there are so many adjustments we have had to make in how we currently live. For artists, the challenge of being able to show their work is immense considering the importance of tactility, materiality and presence of an artwork. With Goulburn Regional Art Gallery closed and public programs halted, they are moving...
Tips from the experienced home-schoolers as the COVID crisis rolls on
Community
School closures due to COVID-19 were met with mixed responses by parents who are now responsible for homeschooling their kids. While the shock of that shift might be hard for many parents, others have rich experience to share, garnered from years of homeschooling. According to the NSW Education Standards Authority, in 2018 there were 5429 students homeschooling in NSW, (an...
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...
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