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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‘History is never finished’: First major project in 80 years to detail Bega’s past
Community
The first major project produced during the past 80 years detailing the interesting, and in some cases still tangible, history of Bega has been released and is available online for free. The people behind Fascinating Bega: The Anatomy of a Town, 1851-2021 say the publication is available, but it is not yet complete because it's an evolving project they hope...
Designed by local children, Bermagui’s all-inclusive playground opens
Community
The recent opening of an all-inclusive playground in Bermagui was met with squeals of joy from local children, and has been described as a boon for the NSW South Coast town. The facility also reflects exactly what children think makes a playground fun, as kids from the town's preschool had a direct hand in its design. "I can't stress enough...
Uncertainty over Cuttagee Bridge’s future with NSW Government asked to take control
News
The NSW Government will be urged to take over responsibilities for the popular coastal drive, Tathra-Bermagui Road, which involves care of the picturesque Cuttagee Bridge. However, the future of the single-lane bridge remains uncertain with the option for its demolition and replacement remaining on the table. This move began after the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Bridges Program announced it would provide...
Free workshops for young and old share the secrets of film and live streaming
What's On
Age is no barrier when it comes to learning about film making or streaming with a number of free workshops being held on the Far South Coast. In April, Far South Film will present two-day workshops on Film making for Seniors as well as Live Visual Effects for Streaming for younger people. The youth workshop is a Youth Week event...
Towamba Road to be closed as council reveals possible discovery of cultural artefacts
News
The Far South Coast's Towamba Road will be closed in April as a major project to seal both it and the conjoining Burragate Road progresses. The Bega Valley Shire Council (BVSC) has also revealed that it became aware there may be artefacts of cultural significance to the local First Nations community near the location of the road works. BVSC said...
Enjoy Easter weekend in Snowy Mountains at sculpture festival and fairs
What's On
There are three major events on in the Snowy Mountains this Easter weekend that the whole family can enjoy. Take a stroll past incredible artworks at Lake Light Sculpture or enjoy the varied entertainment, including music and competitions, offered in the Berridale and Adaminaby Easter Fairs. Lake Light Sculpture An annual outdoor sculpture exhibition held each Easter on the Lake...
Disaster relief funding available for southeast NSW following recent floods
News
Following heavy rain throughout March, southeast NSW businesses, producers and households are eligible for various forms of government disaster relief funding. According to Weatherzone, during the month to 29 March, Batemans Bay received 273.4mm of rain, Bega got 214mm and Queanbeyan had 110.2mm. According to the NSW Rural Assistance Authority (RAA), a natural disaster has been declared by the Federal...
Far South Coast comes alive at Easter with festivals, art exhibitions
What's On
The Far South Coast will be a hive of activity this Easter with plenty of events and activities for both visitors and locals. There's two-days of entertainment at the Eden Easter FunDayz, the always-popular Tilba Festival, the opening of a Sculpture Garden Exhibition at Navigate Arts near Tathra and a little further ahead there will be the opening of a...
Severe water restrictions in place for Bermagui and Cobargo regions
News
The Bermagui and Cobargo regions remain under severe water restrictions despite experiencing heavy rains in recent times. On Tuesday, a Bega Valley Shire Council (BVSC) spokesperson confirmed the level 4 water restrictions for the Brogo-Bermagui water supply system were still current and that water was still being carted to Quaama and Cobargo. "Restrictions are expected to ease in the next...
Fire Up Cobargo promises a free day of entertainment and fundraising to help bushfire-affected locals
Community
After a year spent on the path of recovery from disastrous bushfires, the Bega Valley community and beyond has been invited to come together for a free event filled with entertainment. Fire Up Cobargo will be held on Saturday, 27 March, at Cobargo Showground, and aims to fundraise for a worthy cause: building sheds for bushfire affected locals. Event coordinator...
South Coast driver clocks almost 200km/h on Barton Highway
News
A NSW South Coast driver has been clocked speeding at almost 200km/h in north Canberra. ACT Policing said at about 1:40 pm on Saturday, 20 March, when it was raining slightly, officers saw a blue Ford Falcon sedan travelling east at speed on the Barton Highway, near Crace. The 22-year-old driver from Bermagui was recorded travelling at 196km/h on a section...
Slow progress on the road to recovery for fire-affected Bega Valley residents
Community
You don't have to ask too many residents in the Bega Valley devastated by the 2019/202 bushfires to discover that there is no quick recovery from the disaster. With this month marking a year since the last fires were extinguished, it's a timely reminder of the devastation left in their wake which claimed four lives and impacted about 60 per...
Be on the lookout for our feathered friends as penguin moulting season begins
Community
The rescue of a penguin spotted in trouble on the South Coast has prompted Wildlife Rescue (WIRES) to remind the community about moulting season. Over the last couple of weeks WIRES Mid-South Coast branch has received several calls to rescue Little Penguins from places including Tomakin, Surf Beach and Lake Conjola. One involved a rescue at Bawley Point with the...
Historic Cuttagee Bridge to be replaced with two-lane concrete span
News
An outcry has erupted over plans to replace a historic timber bridge on the NSW Far South Coast. On 10 March, 2021, Bega Valley Shire Council resolved to replace the single-lane Cuttagee Bridge with a two-lane concrete alternative, but the community opposition has been swift with more than 8300 people signing a petition against the decision. Council noted the bridge, which...
Wedge-tailed eagle survived after possibly being shot from the sky
News
A wedge-tailed eagle had a lucky escape after it was possibly shot in its wing and survived for at least several days on the ground before it was rescued. The bird coordinator for Wildlife Rescue Far South Coast, Goldie Fulton, said a carer found the eagle on the side of the road near Bega and brought it to her on...
‘Life is only just beginning’: Book of soldier’s letters to family show endurance of ordinary Aussie at war
Community
The letters of a solider who served on World War II's Western Front and Eastern Front, that were written to his family back home, demonstrated such love he had for his wife and daughters that a Bega Valley author was inspired to publish them in a book. Greg Bartlett, from Tura Beach on the NSW South Coast, has released his...
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