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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All steam ahead as North of Eden picks up bronze for The Commissioning Gin
Food & Wine
A popular Sapphire Coast distillery has another award to add to its list of achievements, this time for a gin crafted using oyster shells and made in collaboration with the navy. North of Eden was awarded a bronze medal at the 2021 International Wine and Spirits Competition for its bespoke The Commissioning Gin. It's another outstanding achievement for the micro-distillery...
Would you donate an organ to save a family member? Campaign calls for more donors
Community
Signing up to donate your organs only takes a minute of your time and saves lives – something Eurobodalla Renal Support Group's Brad Rossiter OAM knows only too well. He is calling on the public to show its support for Donate Life Week by getting involved in the Turn Your Front Light On For Organ Donation campaign.   "It's all about raising awareness of...
Canberra man flees into dam after allegedly stealing livestock trailers from Cooma
News
A man accused of stealing two livestock trailers near Cooma was arrested by police after allegedly attempting to flee and then running into a dam. NSW Police said they received a report of the alleged theft after two trailers disappeared from a property on Saleyards Road on Sunday (25 July). Police began an investigation and found the trailers attached to a...
Have you seen Teresa?
News
NSW Police are asking for the public's help to find a woman last seen in South East NSW. Teresa Bourke, 57, was last seen at 5:00 pm on Tuesday (20 July) in Lambie Street, Cooma. Police said she is 165 cm tall, has a thin to medium build with frizzy, plaited grey/brown hair and wears glasses. They believe she was...
Initiative uniting quality food and wine on Far South Coast given $315k boost
Business
An initiative that aims to make the NSW Far South Coast as recognisable as the Barossa Valley when it comes to the production of quality produce has been given a massive financial boost by state and federal governments. Launched in 2020, the Gourmet Coast Trail is a collective marketing initiative – primarily a website that promotes quality food businesses and experiences...
Original facade of Hotel Australasia revealed as restoration of Eden landmark continues
Community
Eden's Hotel Australasia – known to locals as the 'Grand Old Lady' – has had its original facade revealed to the world as part of its ongoing restoration. Owner and builder Neil Rankin said 20 volunteers helped pull down the scaffold and boards covering the front of the historical building in late June 2021. "We hadn't seen it before either because...
Food saved from landfill will go to people in need thanks to Bega Valley initiative
Community
A new initiative by Bega Valley Shire Council will divert food destined for landfill and give it to people truly in need. Many businesses kicked off Nourish & Flourish's television, radio and social media campaign on Sunday, 18 July, including Wild Rye’s, Eden IGA, Pambula Fruit Market, Coles, Woolworths, Club Sapphire and Farm on the Green. They are among a...
Regional hearings planned as NSW Coroner holds inquests into Black Summer fires
Community
The 2019-2020 NSW bushfires took a horrific toll on people's lives and the disasters will soon be examined in a series of coronial inquests and inquiries by the State Coroner. The NSW Bushfire Inquiry found there were 11,774 fires across the state during the 2019-20 bushfire season which ran from July 2019 until March 2020. The fires claimed the lives of...
Uni students fined for escaping to Batemans Bay during Sydney lockdown
News
Police have told Sydneysiders they cannot hide in regional NSW after several university students breached COVID-19 restrictions by fleeing to the Far South Coast. NSW Police went to a short-term rental property at Catalina near Batemans Bay about 3:15 pm on Wednesday (15 July) after being told a group from Sydney were staying there. Police said the eight people –...
Phones can be used to redeem Bega Valley Shire’s free waste vouchers
Environment
If you live in the Bega Valley Shire you can use your phone to redeem council's free waste vouchers. Bega Valley Shire Council is moving to paperless waste vouchers as part of its focus on improving service at its waste transfer stations while minimising waste and saving on operational costs. “It’s a real inconvenience to lose a voucher or to...
Australia’s Oyster Coast embraces two award-winning South Coast farms
Business
Two award-winning oyster farms, from Wapengo Lake and Nelsons Lagoon, have joined Australia’s Oyster Coast (AOC) after a couple of years of challenges from bushfires, floods and COVID-19. AOC's executive chair Mike Lukin said the purchase of the farms from Mimosa Rock Oysters' John Blankenstein, and Kingfisher Oysters' Warwick Anderson and Lee Primmer, strengthened the supply of premium oysters from Wapengo...
Volunteers restore Cobargo Cemetery, open new memorial garden after bushfires
Community
Works to revitalise Cobargo Cemetery have been completed after the Black Summer bushfires came dangerously close to damaging the graves of people at rest. Friends of Cobargo Cemetery volunteer Mel Britton says the bushfires destroyed fencing and burnt out their shipping container that housed their gardening equipment such as lawnmowers and a whipper-snipper. While embers also burnt flowers, there was...
Teens accused of Peter Keeley murder separated into two trials
News
While three teens were charged over the death of Canberra's Peter Keeley, they have been separated into two different trials. Three boys, all aged 17 at the time of their arrests, were charged with murdering the 56-year-old auctioneer and real estate sales consultant on 2 February 2020. His body was found in bushland at Broulee on the NSW South Coast....
Sydneysiders seeking snow fined for breaching COVID-19 lockdown
News
Police have fined several Sydney residents after they were found 500km from their homes in the Snowy Mountains during the current COVID-19 lockdown in the city. Monaro Police said penalty infringement notices (PINs) were recently issued to five people for failing to comply with public health orders (PHOs) that prevent residents from the Greater Sydney region from leaving their area...
Daniel Sharpe admits he threatened a man with a knife before stabbing Andrew Drake
News
A family member of Andrew Drake, who was stabbed to death in Batemans Bay, is frustrated the events in his killer's recent stalking conviction were not included in his trial. Daniel James Sharpe was sentenced to more than seven years' jail for killing 29-year-old Mr Drake after a NSW Supreme Court jury trial earlier this year. But he could be...
Experts say governments must act on health risks from bushfire smoke
Health & Wellbeing
Experts claim governments must do more to tackle climate change and fight increasing health risks from bushfire smoke. The Global Climate and Health Alliance has released an international report, titled 'The Limits of Liveability', which states governments must prepare public health systems to tackle the effects of air pollution from bushfire smoke. The report found bushfire smoke has a range of...
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