About Albert McKnight

Raised on the NSW South Coast, Albert studied psychology at the University of Wollongong before starting in journalism.

He has seven years’ experience as a reporter in the region covering a multitude of issues, from politics and police, to court and community.

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Peter Keeley could have died from head injuries, suffocation or drugs, murder trial told
News
The death of Canberra real estate agent Peter Keeley could have been due to a combination of head injuries and suffocation or drugs in his system, his murder trial has heard. Two teenage boys, both aged 17 at the time of his death, have faced a trial in the NSW Supreme Court charged with murdering the 56-year-old in bushland near the...
Community calls for changes to Jindabyne skatepark plans
Community
Sitting on the shore overlooking the lake, Jindabyne's skatepark is said to be in one of the most beautiful spots in the country for such a facility. It is also in a fast-growing town and the skaters who flock to it will be happy to know plans to make it even better have passed another milestone. Snowy Monaro Regional Council...
Support offered to impacted residents as flying foxes fill Eurobodalla sky
News
Eurobodalla Council is offering support to residents impacted by an influx of grey-headed flying foxes.  While the megabats are crucial in keeping forests healthy, an inundation to the area following several hard years is impacting people's lives.  Eurobodalla Shire Council says there are about 18,900 flying foxes shire-wide, with about 12,000 at the Catalina golf course and 6000 at the Batemans Bay...
Four dogs, one puppy discovered dead inside woman’s house of horrors
News
GRAPHIC WARNING: This article contains disturbing content, including images  A woman has been jailed for shocking animal cruelty crimes after five dead dogs, including a puppy, were discovered inside her home. Earlier in May, the 28-year-old was sentenced to 18 months' jail with a non-parole period of nine months by the Queanbeyan Local Court. She was also prohibited from owning...
Eden Mountain Bike Hub trail construction starts late May
Community
The project to bring kilometres of new mountain bike trails to the forests outside Eden has reached a milestone, bringing the Far South Coast town closer to becoming a prime destination for biking enthusiasts. The first trails for the Eden Mountain Bike Hub in Nullica State Forest, west of Eden, are expected to open later this year. Stage one, comprising 20...
Murder trial hears Peter Keeley was bashed, tied up before body found in bush
News
The murder trial over the death of Peter Keeley has heard two of the teenage boys charged allegedly planned to intimidate him because they were under the unsubstantiated belief that he was a paedophile. The 56-year-old Canberra real estate agent's body was found in bush near the NSW South Coast town of Broulee on 2 February 2020. In body-worn camera...
‘Exciting’ new sportsground pavilion opens for Eden’s clubs and community
Community
It has been a long time coming, but a new pavilion has opened in Eden - and the community is enthusiastic about the possibilities the facilities afford. Bega Valley Shire Mayor Russell Fitzpatrick officially opened the Barclay Street Pavilion in late April, surrounded by a crowd of local sports club members, spectators and community members. "The Barclay Street Pavilion is...
Clearer water trickles into Merimbula after council changes source to Tantawangalo Weir
Community
Merimbula residents should have noticed clearer water running through their taps thanks to council switching to supplies from Tantawangalo. Bega Valley Shire Council ditched water from Yellow Pinch Dam in favour of Tantawangalo Weir after months of heavy rain washed fine clay silt into the area's main water store. Water and sewerage services manager Chris Best said it resulted in...
‘Very rare occurrence’: bison that vanished from Snowy Mountains sparks police investigation
News
In what police have called "a very rare occurrence", they are investigating the disappearance of a number of bison from the Snowy Mountains foothills. NSW Police said four weaner bison steers vanished from a property near the Tumut River at Tumut between 20 and 26 April 2022. "More at home in the grassland plains of America and Canada, the bison...
First Nations community encouraged to get protected from COVID, the flu before winter
Health & Wellbeing
As the country heads into winter, a new campaign is encouraging First Nations people to check in with their doctors to discuss COVID-19 boosters, vaccines for kids and the flu shot. South Eastern NSW primary health network COORDINARE has partnered with local Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) for the digital campaign titled #fabvac. "This campaign highlights how vaccines make a difference, even...
Community’s ideas welcomed into works for Moruya CBD upgrade
Community
Community feedback has helped change initial plans to transform the Moruya CBD into a pedestrian-friendly precinct, allowing more parking to be retained and facilities for eBikes. Previous work included raised crossings on Shore and Ford streets, a roundabout at the intersection of Ford Street and Ford Lane and the introduction of a 30 km speed zone. Eurobodalla Shire Council subsequently...
Cranes and barges signal commencement of Eden wave attenuator construction
News
Ten years after the wave attenuator was proposed for the Port of Eden the arrival of huge barges and cranes has signalled stage one of its construction. Transport for NSW said Eden's port is occasionally exposed to wind and wave conditions that can affect safety at the port and increase the risk of damage to vessels. To make the area...
Price of abalone halves since 2019 as South Coast divers endure ‘perfect storm’ of events
News
Over the past two years the South Coast abalone industry has endured a "perfect storm" of setbacks that has bruised local divers, including a slash by half in the price of the prized seafood since late 2019. Abalone Association of NSW secretary and Far South Coast diver John Smythe said while there was still a lot of the industry's quota...
Installation of Batemans Bay Bridge pontoon will result in traffic changes
News
The Batemans Bay Bridge replacement progresses as work commences to install an L-shaped pontoon that will increase berthing capacity and access to the town for various vessels. The process will result in traffic changes on the town's Clyde Street from 26 April to 14 May, including intermittent lane closures with stop/slow traffic conditions. Work will be carried out between 7...
Fight to improve Eurobodalla’s communication infrastructure ramps up ahead of federal election
News
A South Coast business group said governments cannot allow telecommunications loss like that caused by the Black Summer fires to occur again amid a push to improve Eurobodalla infrastructure resilience ahead of the federal election. Last year, Eurobodalla Shire Council called on the NSW Government to take action to protect infrastructure on Mount Wandera near Moruya, which transmits to police...
Australia Rock lookout in Narooma closed due to rockslide
Community
The viewing platform at Narooma's popular tourist attraction Australia Rock has been closed due to a rockslide. A section under the platform collapsed after the recent wet weather drenched the coast and on Tuesday (12 April) Eurobodalla Shire Council fenced off the site. A council spokesperson said an urgent geo-tech review of the site was being arranged. "This review will...
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