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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Driving across the world with tonnes of hashish: betrayal of ‘Drug Grannies’ revealed in new book
Arts & Culture
It's a wild story that sounds like it was made for the movies: in the 1970s, two women embarked on a road trip across exotic parts of the world but were betrayed by one of their own family members. When they reached Australia they were caught and jailed as, unbeknownst to them, their campervan was stuffed with two tonnes of...
Pungent problem in Eden as clean up of 50 tonnes of sunken salmon nears completion
Environment
A sunken trawler and tens of tonnes of decomposing salmon has created a pungent problem in the South Coast town of Eden. Work has been underway to safely remove about 50 tonnes of the fish waste from the trawler that sank at the Eden Wharf in April and the operation is getting closer to completion. "Some residents have apparently noticed...
‘Living shoreline’ project will bring life back to Narooma’s Wagonga Inlet
News
A new project seeks to rehabilitate and restore the beautiful, picturesque inlet at the South Coast town of Narooma and increase the marine life there for all to enjoy. The rockwall at Wagonga Inlet's foreshore has been eroding for some time and getting worse, NSW Department of Primary Industries Fisheries marine estate and threatened species manager Jillian Keating said. As...
WinterSun Festival brings food, entertainment and adventure to Merimbula
What's On
There will be no winter blues in the South Coast town of Merimbula this June long weekend when the three-day WinterSun Festival brings food, entertainment and adventures to town. Presented by Breeze Hub, this year WinterSun will coincide with the town's popular jazz festival. Breeze Hub owner Lynn McColl insisted the Festival is as much for visitors as locals. "Wherever you are,...
Man allegedly stabbed during fight at Narooma party, 24-year-old accused granted bail
News
A man accused of stabbing his alleged victim during a late-night fight on the Far South Coast has been granted bail. NSW Police said emergency services were called to a home on Beachview Close, North Narooma at about 12:40 am on Friday (20 May). Officers were told there had allegedly been a fight between two men, 24-year-old Jamie Keegan and an...
Move to bring conversations on death and end of life care ‘out into the open’
Health & Wellbeing
There are moves to change our general view of the end of our lives from a mostly solitary event to one that involves our community and social networks. "Many people wish to be cared for at home, surrounded by family and friends and free from pain," La Trobe University Public Health Palliative Care Unit senior research fellow Dr Andrea Grindrod...
Eden-Monaro candidate Andrew Thaler pleads guilty to intimidating a woman
News
Just days before the 2022 federal election, an independent candidate running for the seat of Eden-Monaro has pleaded guilty to intimidating a woman. Andrew Evan Thaler, 49, admitted he intimidated her with the intention of causing her to fear physical or mental harm while at Polo Flat in NSW, which is just outside Cooma, on 23 February 2018. His guilty...
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...
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