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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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...
ADF departs Mackay Park distribution point with a salute to Eurobodalla
Community
Communities across Australia's fire zones have felt comfort from the presence of ADF personnel this summer. Their skills and sheer 'manpower' have been welcomed by many towns reeling from the impact of bushfires. On Tuesday, Australian Defence Force personnel packed up the distribution point at Mackay Park in Batemans Bay and came to Eurobodalla Shire Council with a presentation. "All Australian...
Olympic stars dive in to show support for young South Coast swimmers
News
The South Coast’s up and coming swimmers have had a chance to learn from three of their Olympic heroes in a special swim class held at Moruya Pool on Monday. In a four-hour coaching session, former world champion freestyler James Magnusson, backstroker Josh Beaver, and freestyler Jarrod Poort donated their time to support the local swim club and help kids recover...
Stumpy Family back to give treemendous thanks to bushfire volunteers
Community
A groups of tree stumps beside the road to Moruya Heads has been putting smiles on the face of thousands of residents and visitors since Easter last year. The Stumpy Family, who have their own Facebook Page, were created by a nearby resident, who likes to be known as ‘The Stumpy Carer’, to keep a little mystery in the minds...
How you can bring business back to Braidwood this Australia Day long weekend
Community
Braidwood business has borne the brunt of the summer bushfires. The town has always been just that little bit remote, but the closure of the Kings Highway was akin to cutting an artery for the rural economy. Prolonged drought had already put a dent in the local economy, along with a Telstra outage over the Braidwood Festival weekend. Then Braidwood...
Top tips for cleaning your ash-filled swimming pool
Community
Anyone with a pool knows that they can be a lot of work, but can also be a lot of fun. With the bushfires bearing down on towns across the country, many pool owners will have felt some despair at the sight of their pools looking like a wet ashtray. Even pool covers may not have been enough to keep...
Special authority for NSW residents affected by bushfires to access essential medicines without a prescription
Community
NSW residents affected by the bushfire crisis will now be able to access a standard PBS or manufacturer's pack quantity of their prescription-only medicines (Schedule 4) without a prescription following the issuing of a special authority by the NSW Chief Health Officer. Under the special authority announced on Thursday night (9 January), NSW pharmacists will be able to supply people affected...
New owner of Moruya Icecream Parlour keeps a cool head through fires
Community
Summer is usually peak business time for the South Coast of NSW, but the bushfire emergency has turned the region into a virtual war zone. One man has stepped into the fray and was quick to turn his hand to help out Moruya residents and emergency personnel. Shawn Gehrig moved from North Queensland arriving in Moruya on 20th December, having...
RFS says “we may not be able to hold South-East fires over coming days”
News
Prompted by severe weather conditions and the threat that fires will join up, a Section 44 state of emergency has been declared on the Far South Coast. The state of emergency allows the NSW Rural Fire Service to bring in additional resources, and an incident controller oversees firefighting efforts across major fires in the area. While the huge Currowan and...
Safety first: Kings Highway closed for a month or more as fires continue to burn
News
Fire damage to the Kings Highway is likely to keep the main artery from Canberra to the south coast closed for a month or more. NSW Minister for Transport and Roads and Member for Bega Andrew Constance, Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes and Acting General Manager Warren Sharpe made the announcement this morning in Moruya citing safety concerns. Acknowledging that businesses...
Veolia Mulwaree Trust’s 2019 Round 2 grants and donations announced
Community
The Veolia Mulwaree Trust has announced the recipients of the 2019 Round 2 Grants and Donations Programmes. Nineteen community groups from across the region with a wide range of projects by providing $306,693 in grant funding in its second funding round of 2019, as well as a further 34 local organisations who have shared in $33,661 through the Veolia Mulwaree...
Dangerous conditions on Clyde Mountain as Kings Highway remains closed
News
Increased fire activity on the Clyde Mountain continues to make conditions dangerous, with police saying the Kings Highway will remain closed for the foreseeable future. The Currowan bushfire continues to burn north of the highway and is again at an emergency level as of 12:30 pm on Thursday (19 December). "There is still active fire in the areas around Benandarah,...
Brace yourself for more extreme heat, smoke and stress this week
Health & Wellbeing
Australia is being hit by the double whammy of extreme heat and bushfire smoke prompting renewed health alerts for the days ahead. Added to this is the seasonal stress of Christmas and the prospect of holidays being disrupted due to bushfire. Even if you are not directly affected by fires, there may be stress from knowing people who are, as...
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...
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