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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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...
Cobargo ‘legend’ May Blacka raises $1655 for BlazeAid to assist with rebuilding after bushfires
Community
Not long after Cobargo's May Blacka was awarded an OAM, she raised $1655 through the sale of cakes and flowers to present to BlazeAid for the work they have done for her region. Earlier this year, Ms Blacka was recognised for her service to Cobargo with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), presented in the 2021 Australia Day...
Second teen accused of murdering Canberra man Peter Keeley to face Supreme Court
News
A second teenage boy charged with the murder of Canberra man Peter Keeley in a small beachside town on the South Coast has been committed to stand trial in the NSW Supreme Court. Three boys, all aged 17 at the time of their arrests, were charged with killing the 56-year-old auctioneer and real estate sales consultant on 2 February 2020...
Man charged with Boxing Day 2019 murder in QBN refused bail
News
The man charged over the daylight murder of Aaron Baxter in Queanbeyan on Boxing Day 2019 was denied bail when he appeared in court briefly on Tuesday (2 March). Alan William Delaney, 52, has been accused of assaulting Mr Baxter, 46, in Trinculo Place under Queens Bridge in the centre of the town at about 8:30 am on the morning...
Bega Valley’s Christine Welsh a finalist in awards recognising NSW’s extraordinary women
Community
Bega Valley's Christine Welsh has been recognised at a state level for her work supporting the community, however she wants to share the accolades around. Christine, who is the co-founder of Sapphire Community Projects (SCP), along with her husband, Peter Buggy, has been named as a finalist in the 2021 NSW Regional Woman of the Year Awards, which shine a light...
‘Do you remember when the roads were on fire, mum?’
Community
Many of Cobargo Preschool's families lost their homes when the 2019 New Year's Eve bushfires devastated the region, and the preschool itself was only saved by fast-acting neighbours. All of the preschool's children suffered trauma from the disaster, with some losing animals or property, and all feeling the loss of the landscape and town they knew. But one year on,...
Impact of potential mining operation between Cobargo and Bermagui concerns locals
News
A potential mining operation over land and forest in southeast NSW, between Cobargo and Bermagui, has left residents worried about its impact on the local environment, waterways and residents' livelihoods. However, according to Bega Valley Shire Council's understanding, there is a very low chance of mining operations actually going ahead. As shown on the NSW Government's Common Ground website, there is...
Human remains on Bega Valley beach confirmed as missing Sydney woman Melissa Caddick
News
NSW Police have confirmed that human remains located on a beach in the Bega Valley belong to missing Sydney woman Melissa Caddick, who was reported missing last year. Ms Caddick has been missing for more than three months. The 49-year-old's $7 million Dover Heights home was raided on the evening of 11 November 2020 by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission...
‘No justice’ for Andrew Drake as Surfside man’s killer found guilty of manslaughter
News
Daniel James Sharpe has been cleared of murdering Andrew Drake in Batemans Bay, although he has been found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter. Since the start of February, the 20-year-old from Tarago has been on trial in the Queanbeyan Supreme Court over the stabbing death of Mr Drake at a home in Surfside late in the night of 13...
Goulburn Supermax inmate charged over alleged terrorist plots against police
News
A man has been accused of plotting terrorist attacks against police, military personnel and corrective services staff while he was already behind bars. The 24-year-old was charged at the Goulburn Correctional Centre after Operation Zellaer began in late 2018 to investigate several people believed to be engaging in terrorism-related activities. NSW Police allege the man was an associate of these...
Canberra dancer Jasmin Durham nominated for prestigious Australian Ballet award
Arts & Culture
Jasmin Durham's mother was mesmerised by ballet from the very first show she ever saw. That love of dance passed from mother to daughter, and now Jasmin, a former Canberra resident who was raised in the city from the age of three months but now lives in Melbourne, is one of six nominees in the 2020 Telstra Ballet Dancer Awards. Created in...
Fears Batemans Bay’s Surfside could ‘wash into sea’ without coastal management plan
Environment
There are community concerns that if a plan to protect the coast at Batemans Bay's Surfside and northern shore is not developed quickly, the area could suffer heavy damage from erosion. "If you have a combination of a king tide, an eastern low and very heavy rainfall in the Clyde catchment, much of the suburb could just be washed into...
Farm equipment, chemicals reportedly stolen in alleged rural crime spree
News
Two men have been arrested over an alleged rural crime spree in the Canberra region, where several hundred thousand dollars' worth of farming equipment and chemicals were reportedly stolen. NSW Police said the Monaro Police District’s Rural Crime Investigation Team and the Australian Federal Police began a joint investigation in May 2020 after a number of alleged rural break-and-enters and...
‘People are dying’: Fatal crash reignites calls to fix Clyde Mountain mobile black spot
News
The recent death of a woman after her car crashed near Clyde Mountain has reignited calls to improve mobile phone coverage on Kings Highway. Renewed questions are being asked about why a funded phone tower has not yet been built on the mountain. NSW Police said on Sunday, 31 January, a 68-year-old woman was travelling east on Kings Highway at...
Tarago man pleads not guilty over death of Andrew Drake in Surfside
News
The man charged over the alleged stabbing death of Andrew Drake at a Surfside home has pleaded not guilty to murder. Daniel James Sharpe of Tarago appeared in Queanbeyan Supreme Court on Monday (1 February) for the first day of a trial that is scheduled to last for 25 days before Justice Geoffrey Bellew. The 20-year-old has entered a plea...
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