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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Majors Creek Festival beats for 25th year – THIS WEEKEND
Arts & Culture
The village of Majors Creek will host the 25th Annual music festival this weekend - November 9, 10 and 11. The Majors Creek Festival (formerly called Music at The Creek), has a full programme of performances, workshops, discussions, dance and creative sessions. Over the weekend you can get involved, or just watch, at the Poets Breakfasts, Clog Dancing, Scandinavian Guitar,...
Queanbeyan’s Tresillian Centre opens for new parents
News
New parents struggling with the demands of a new baby can now access specialist support with the opening of the Tresillian Family Care Centre in Queanbeyan. The Parliamentary Secretary for Southern NSW Bronnie Taylor MLC officially opened the Centre on Monday (29 October). The name 'Tresillian' has been synonymous with baby care since 1918. The Royal Society for the Welfare of...
It’s boom-time in Q-town, but who benefits?
Community
Post-amalgamation, it’s boom time for Queanbeyan, but what about the rest of the Shire? Mayor Tim Overall has his foot on the accelerator as funds flow freely ahead of the NSW State election in 2019, shortly followed by a Federal election. Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) has wasted no time in pushing through plans, including new Council chambers and a...
Bipartisan support for a Bungendore high school
News
With strong population growth in the area, a committed group of Bungendore parents have been pushing for a high school to be built in their town. On Friday (26 October) the NSW Opposition announced that Labor will build a new high school in Bungendore within their first term of office, if elected in 2019. Shadow Education Minister Jihad Dib made...
PM witnesses drought resilience at The Mulloon Institute
News
The Mulloon Institute (TMI) welcomed Prime Minister Scott Morrison to its campus at Mulloon Creek Natural Farms (MCNF) on Thursday (25 October), to see first-hand how landscape repair and rehydration is boosting the farm’s drought resilience and improving agricultural output. Situated between Bungendore and Braidwood, the not-for-profit Mulloon Institute has been a leading light land rehydration. Through research, education and...
Ancient Monga magic in flower, blooming now – don’t miss it!
Community
For just a few weeks a year, a small and delicate waratah can be seen at Monga National Park, 20 minutes east of Braidwood, just off the Kings Highway near Clyde Mountain. From late October the Telopea mongaensis brings a contrasting splash of red to the variations of green along the Mongarlowe River. This little-known Monga Waratah, a shrub up...
Mumbo jumbo and hullabaloo to toast the cider gods
Community
An ancient ceremony to awaken the apple trees, rooted deep in ancient Anglo Saxon tradition, was held at Reidsdale outside Braidwood on Sunday (2 September). The event included the Burning Of The Green Man and Blessing The Trees. It was an afternoon of mumbo jumbo and hullabaloo to toast the cider gods, chase off evil spirits, and wake up the apple trees...
Kings Highway Knight in shining tow truck
Community
If you have ever broken down or had a bingle on the Kings Highway, you may have met Murray Robertson. A man of few words, with an exceptionally dry sense of humour and a magnificent moustache. “Robbo’ as he is known to locals, drives Braidwood’s tow truck and runs D & S Motors on the main street. On Friday, hundreds...
High spirits in the Jingera hills
Community
At the head waters of the Molonglo River, in the hills of Jingera not far from Captains Flat, a small distillery is producing fine Whisky. The Riverbourne Distillery is the passion of former Canberra pharmacist Martin Pye. Taking on distinct character of the local environment, the river and rain water play an important part of the end product. Before heading...
“Our Earth has lost a great man.” – Vale Tony Coote AM
Environment
Tony Coote AM, passed peacefully away on Wednesday 8th August. Coote leaves an enormous legacy in his visionary commitment to the Australian landscape. At a time when our thoughts are honed to devastating drought across large sections of Australia, Tony Coote was an outstanding leader in his work towards regenerating Australian landscapes. Coote AM, BSc. MBA was the founder of The Mulloon Institute...
Cool country concert to rock Mona Farm
What's On
Braidwood is set for an influx of country music aficionados this weekend as a significant line-up of performers swing into town for Country Rocks Under the Stars. Bungendore music promoter Mick Bond is bringing the concert to Mona Farm, on the edge of Braidwood. The gracious grounds of the historic property will see three days of live music performed by...
Funds promised to study Molonglo Rail Trail linking Bungendore and beyond
News
NSW Labor has committed $50,000 to the Molonglo Rail Trail despite a lack of support from Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council. The NSW Opposition said it would fund a detailed Development Plan as a critical next step in progressing the Molonglo Rail Trail proposal. The proposed Trail passes through the Molonglo Valley showing off the region’s wonderful landscapes. The trail passes through...
From Braidwood to Hollywood for stuntman Harley Durst
Arts & Culture
He has been a part of many of the stand-out action-packed international movie scenes for ten years and even more Australian dramas, but the name Harley Durst won’t register with many moviegoers. Harley is a stuntman – and one of the best. Harley’s list of credits includes the latest Star Wars film Solo: A Star Wars Story, where he was cast...
Batemans Bay Marine Park rezoning to allow more recreational fishing
News
Batemans Bay Marine Park is among ten ocean beach and headland sites across four marine parks that have been rezoned to allow recreational line fishing, effectively halving the length of the NSW coast with top-level environmental protection. NSW Department of Primary Industries Deputy Director General, Fisheries, Dr Geoff Allan, announced the downgrading of protection last week saying, “the decision to...
Lost horse “Rory” comes in from the cold of the Snowy Mountains
Community
A story of loss and reunion in the high country has been playing out for three and a half months, ending with the heart-warming reunion this week between a woman and her horse. Wanda Egan’s horse Rory escaped his yard from a camp in the Kosciuszko National Park on 15 February after another horse had taken fright and run through...
Weather snapshot from Braidwood
Community
An extraordinary April weather-wise . . . or was it a guide to our future? In the middle of April, we had near-gale force wind which brought unusual dust and heat from the inland. Unseasonably warm and dry conditions are putting stress on garden plants and on pastures in paddocks. At Braidwood, the average daily temperature in April was 16.4...
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