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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Father details efforts to save 13-year-old daughter from drowning
News
The father of the 13-year-old Canberra girl who drowned at the Moruya River bar has described the multiple, claustrophobic attempts he made to rescue his daughter from an upside-down boat and came close to dying himself. The group had travelled from Canberra to go on a fishing trip when, on 23 March 2018, the boat Alan Whittley was skippering capsized at...
Boatbuilder’s trial begins over drowning death of 13-year-old girl near Moruya
News
A Canberra schoolgirl was expecting to spend a morning on the water on the South Coast with her family and friends, before the boat she was in capsized and trapped her beneath the water. The girl was only 13 years old when she drowned at the Moruya River bar on 24 March 2018. On Tuesday (11 May), crown prosecutor Michael...
HeadLand Writers Festival brings stories and poetry to South Coast
What's On
Locally and nationally renowned writers will converge on the NSW South Coast this month for a weekend of talks, workshops and entertainment. The first HeadLand Writers Festival will be held in Tathra from 14-16 May, and tickets are already selling fast. The event's creative director, Myoung Jae Yi, said the idea for the festival was born from how the Far...
Eden Welcome Centre opens as cruise ships plan their Sapphire Coast return
News
The new Eden Welcome Centre has opened for business ahead of the news that cruise ships will be returning to the town in late 2021. The welcome centre, near the Eden Cruise Wharf, will greet thousands of tourists each year once cruises are able to start again after voyages to the town were cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic....
Aged care worker sacked for refusing flu shot loses unfair dismissal case
News
A NSW South Coast aged care worker who was sacked because she refused to get a flu shot has had her unfair dismissal case rejected. In a recently published decision, the Fair Work Commission ruled in favour of her former employer, Sapphire Coast Community Aged Care, due to new government rules requiring aged care workers to be vaccinated against influenza....
Build a garden with Costa Georgiadis and Paul West then celebrate with local food and music
What's On
Roll up your sleeves alongside television stars Costa Georgiadis and Paul West and get to work making an eco-island garden on the NSW South Coast this weekend, before celebrating with music and locally grown food. Growing Growers takes place on Saturday, 8 May, in Cobargo, where you will have the chance to work alongside the ABC's gardening guru Costa, and chef...
New hub for youth as headspace officially opens in Batemans Bay
Community
At a time when the region's young people are recovering from the impacts of the recent bushfire disaster, the timing of headspace opening its doors in Batemans Bay could not have been better. A significant number of young people in Australia face struggles with mental health, demonstrated in a 2015 report published by the Australian Government that found one in seven aged...
Steampunk at Altitude will bring lovers of retro-futurism to Nimmitabel
Community
The countdown is on until a steampunk festival is back to turn a historic village on the Monaro plains into a retro-futuristic town filled with family-friendly activities. Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. For the past few years, Nimmitabel has become a meeting place for lovers of...
Seat sale boosts funds as Merimbula Theatre aims for July opening
Arts & Culture
People are invited to link themselves or a loved one to the new theatre beside Merimbula's Twyford Hall before it opens later this year. After 12 months of construction, The Twyford is awakening to reveal its new theatre and foyer as well as modifications to the heritage-listed hall. In order to support the works a buy-a-seat campaign has been running...
‘A town hall on wheels’: Sam’s Caravan is a stage that can roll up anywhere
Community
Described as a labour of love, Sam's Caravan was an idea born in the COVID-19 shutdown to turn a vintage caravan into a mobile venue and studio. The dream of musician Sam Martin, known in the South East region as a vivacious entertainer and community arts producer, the caravan is now ready to hit the road after supportive locals pitched in and...
Batemans Bay killer could serve less than five years in jail for stabbing family man
News
The young man who stabbed a loving family man to death in Batemans Bay, wounding him 11 times, including in the heart, could be released from jail in less than five years. Daniel James Sharpe killed Andrew Drake in Surfside two years ago. After a near month-long trial in February, Sharpe was cleared of murdering the 29-year-old, but a jury...
CWA prepares to push for cannabis change in Australia at Bega state conference
What's On
Including medicinal cannabis on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) will be one of the key debates at this year's Country Women's Association (CWA) State Conference to be held in Bega. The Cobargo branch will raise a motion at the conference asking for the CWA to campaign for the reform - just one of many issues to be debated during the...
Batemans Bay family man’s ‘best character trait’ led to him being killed
News
A loving family man stabbed to death in Batemans Bay has been remembered as a kind and gentle soul whose "best character trait" led to him being killed. Daniel James Sharpe was accused of stabbing Andrew Drake, 29, at a home in Surfside late in the night of 13 April 2019. After a near month-long trial in February, the 20-year-old was...
Thieves cost ratepayers by breaking into Bega Valley’s tips
News
Thieves have been breaking into Bega Valley Shire Council's tips, with the costs of their actions borne by the community. The break-ins also mean heightened security measures will be introduced, possibly ending cash payments at the facilities. The shire's waste transfer stations were broken into numerous times from September 2020, with the most recent incidents reported at tips in Eden...
More hands needed as BlazeAid reopens in Moruya: ‘There’s still work to be done’
Community
BlazeAid volunteers are working tirelessly to help those in the Eurobodalla Shire affected by the devastating 2019-2020 bushfires, but they can't do it alone. More helping hands are needed to assist in rebuilding fences that were damaged or destroyed in the fires. Last year BlazeAid spent 10 months in the shire rebuilding 151km of fencing on 263 properties – a value...
Got a nose for truffles? Then head to the South Coast’s gourmet food trail
Food & Wine
It's rare that you can strike gold on the South Coast but for those prepared to go on a bit of a hunt, opportunities abound thanks to a new venture announced ahead of the launch of an initiative promoting the region's quality and diverse producers. And while gold nuggets might still be rare, culinary gold - in the form of...
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