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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The business of formals: dancing outdoors and reduced mingling
Community
School formals are more than just an end-of-school dance for Year 12 students. They may be the first time some young adults get to really dress up and go for broke (literally) with their gowns and suits, hair and beauty, corsages and smart cars. There was a collective sigh of relief from businesses last week when the NSW Government declared...
Eurobodalla Repair Cafe combats throwaway thinking
Community
We live in a society of cheaply produced products that are not intended to last. Council tips and garage sales are stacked with partly broken, torn, out of order or simply unfashionable items that could have more life in them. Proactive group South Coast Health and Sustainability Alliance (SHASA) has launched the Eurobodalla Repair Cafe in Moruya to combat this...
New market in Batehaven is bucking the trend
Community
The Batemans Bay Makers & Growers Market has relocated to a new space with a whole new vibe in Batehaven. With so many businesses stalled during this topsy-turvy year, the NSW South Coast makers and growers have bucked the trend by creating a new market space, bringing together a diverse range of locally grown fresh food, baked goods and quality...
Royal recognition for BlazeAid volunteers
News
Kevin and Rhonda Butler are the founders of BlazeAid, an organisation that has brought together an army of volunteers to clear ground and rebuild fences following devastating bushfires in Australia. And now their efforts have been recognised by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who awarded the couple the prestigious Commonwealth Points of Light beacon award for outstanding volunteerism. With bases...
Nothing cute about online Cavoodle scammers
News
The super cute Cavoodle breed of dog is a cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the toy, or miniature, poodle. It is an increasingly popular breed and can sell for thousands of dollars. In recent weeks, Braidwood has unwittingly been targeted as part of a Cavoodle puppy scam that is targeting dog lovers. The fraudulent website, cutestcavoodle.com, had a fake...
Southeast NSW receives good soaking during wild weather
News
While the past weekend's wild weather system moved north, southeast NSW is soaking up the welcome rain. In recent days, up to 400 mm of rain was recorded in areas east of Braidwood, and the Shoalhaven River rose to nine metres at Warri, where the Kings Highway crosses it. By the afternoon of Monday, 10 August, the river had dropped...
Farmers welcome soaking rains across South East after dry winter
News
Heavy rainfall over the past 24 hours has at last penetrated inland to areas across the South East that were almost back in drought, bringing welcome relief to farmers and graziers. Although wild weather has wreaked some havoc along the coast, the heavy falls will sustain Monaro and Tablelands producers who had been facing an increasingly dry winter. About 60...
Funding for six boating infrastructure projects on the Far South Coast
News
Member for Bega Andrew Constance has announced $2.48 million in NSW Government funding to support Bega Valley Shire Council and Eurobodalla Shire Council plans for six new boating infrastructure projects around Bega. Speaking in Moruya on Friday, 24 July, Mr Constance said the projects from the two councils represent six of 69 successful projects allocated grant funding under the NSW...
Coastal call for emergency response centre, highway upgrades and bushfire mitigation
News
Of the $200 million allocated each year to the Commonwealth's Emergency Response Fund, $50 million is set aside for mitigation, but not a dollar has been spent. The NSW bushfire danger period commences on 1 October, which is just 10 weeks away. At Durras on the NSW South Coast, where bushfires raged around the community during the past summer, the...
Kristy McBain gets down to work for Eden-Monaro
News
Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese was on the NSW South Coast this week to wish newly elected Member for Eden-Monaro Kristy McBain well on her first day in the job. Almost three weeks after the by-election in the federal seat of Eden-Monaro, Ms McBain was officially declared elected as the new member. Speaking in Narooma on Tuesday, 21 July, Mr Albanese...
Dhurga dictionary brings language to life
Arts & Culture
Dhurga is one of the languages of the Yuin Nation, spoken on the NSW South Coast and Southern Tablelands, from south of Nowra to Narooma and west to Braidwood and Araluen. The Dhurga Dictionary and Learner's Grammar was recently launched in Moruya. Siblings Patricia Ellis, Kerry Boyenga and Waine Donovan have spent the past 20 years teaching Dhurga language in...
Clyde Mountain mobile tower to fix black spot
News
As vacationers head off to the NSW South Coast these school holidays, they may be struck by the extent of bushfire damage across huge expanses of Clyde Mountain. The Kings Highway was closed for weeks during the past summer when the Clyde Mountain and Currowan bushfires were raging, and in their aftermath. While there has been some epicormic growth in...
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...
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