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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First Nations community encouraged to get protected from COVID, the flu before winter
Health & Wellbeing
As the country heads into winter, a new campaign is encouraging First Nations people to check in with their doctors to discuss COVID-19 boosters, vaccines for kids and the flu shot. South Eastern NSW primary health network COORDINARE has partnered with local Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) for the digital campaign titled #fabvac. "This campaign highlights how vaccines make a difference, even...
Community’s ideas welcomed into works for Moruya CBD upgrade
Community
Community feedback has helped change initial plans to transform the Moruya CBD into a pedestrian-friendly precinct, allowing more parking to be retained and facilities for eBikes. Previous work included raised crossings on Shore and Ford streets, a roundabout at the intersection of Ford Street and Ford Lane and the introduction of a 30 km speed zone. Eurobodalla Shire Council subsequently...
Cranes and barges signal commencement of Eden wave attenuator construction
News
Ten years after the wave attenuator was proposed for the Port of Eden the arrival of huge barges and cranes has signalled stage one of its construction. Transport for NSW said Eden's port is occasionally exposed to wind and wave conditions that can affect safety at the port and increase the risk of damage to vessels. To make the area...
Price of abalone halves since 2019 as South Coast divers endure ‘perfect storm’ of events
News
Over the past two years the South Coast abalone industry has endured a "perfect storm" of setbacks that has bruised local divers, including a slash by half in the price of the prized seafood since late 2019. Abalone Association of NSW secretary and Far South Coast diver John Smythe said while there was still a lot of the industry's quota...
Installation of Batemans Bay Bridge pontoon will result in traffic changes
News
The Batemans Bay Bridge replacement progresses as work commences to install an L-shaped pontoon that will increase berthing capacity and access to the town for various vessels. The process will result in traffic changes on the town's Clyde Street from 26 April to 14 May, including intermittent lane closures with stop/slow traffic conditions. Work will be carried out between 7...
Fight to improve Eurobodalla’s communication infrastructure ramps up ahead of federal election
News
A South Coast business group said governments cannot allow telecommunications loss like that caused by the Black Summer fires to occur again amid a push to improve Eurobodalla infrastructure resilience ahead of the federal election. Last year, Eurobodalla Shire Council called on the NSW Government to take action to protect infrastructure on Mount Wandera near Moruya, which transmits to police...
Australia Rock lookout in Narooma closed due to rockslide
Community
The viewing platform at Narooma's popular tourist attraction Australia Rock has been closed due to a rockslide. A section under the platform collapsed after the recent wet weather drenched the coast and on Tuesday (12 April) Eurobodalla Shire Council fenced off the site. A council spokesperson said an urgent geo-tech review of the site was being arranged. "This review will...
Mystery of Nelsons Beach shipwreck and its puzzling cargo re-emerges from sands of time
Community
A nearly 200-year-old shipwreck shrouded in mystery recently re-emerged from its sandy grave on a Far South Coast beach. One of many wrecks littering that wild and remote coastline, it is surrounded by questions. The wreck on Nelsons Beach, just north of Tathra, was first reported bottom-up and loaded with cedar logs in 1859 by the captain of the SS...
Bega gardener helps cultivate new seed savers group in Snowy Monaro
Community
Whether you've got green thumbs or a love of gardening and tasty vegetables, there's many reasons to get involved in seed saving - and a new community initiative will help people in the Snowy Monaro do just that. The Snowy Monaro Seed Savers aims to bring together local gardeners to build seed libraries across its region. "Much like the popular...
Elliot Lane Apartments provide ‘new home’ for people with a disability on the Far South Coast
Community
Long-awaited new apartments that have just opened in Bega are designed to provide independent living for people with a disability. The community has warmly welcomed it, including one family who said it helped end a long-term "nightmare" search. Tulgeen's Elliot Lane Apartments officially opened in early April 2022. Tulgeen CEO Duane Kelly said they would give people with a disability...
Shortlisted options for Moruya Bypass open for public comment
News
The community is being asked to have its say on three shortlisted corridors for the Moruya Bypass as the NSW Government considers options for the major project. The colour-coded corridor options - purple, orange and yellow - all lie east of the existing Princes Highway route and are pictured above. In May 2021, the government announced the orange corridor as...
Moruya historian wins heritage award for chronicling quirky stories from town’s past
Community
From the very outset it is clear Shirley Jurmann has a heartfelt connection to the Far South Coast town of Moruya. "I've got Moruya River water running in my veins," she said at the start of her interview with About Regional. Born and bred in the town as a fourth-generation member of its Louttit family, she has been announced as...
Brain cancer strikes young family twice – and leaves an unexpected legacy
Community
Less than a year after Sally Lloyd Stolzenhein had a brain tumour removed, her long-time partner and father to their five children Tom McLeod also needed urgent brain surgery - but his resulted in an unexpected side effect. "He and I were overwhelmed before any of this," Ms Lloyd Stolzenhein said. "Now it's like, what just happened? "He was my...
Cigarettes worth $80,000 stolen from Pambula in break and enter
News
The community is asked to help identify three men as police investigate the theft of $80,000 worth of cigarettes burgled from a Far South Coast grocery store. NSW Police said emergency services were called to the store on Quondola Street, Pambula on 28 March after reports of a break and enter. It is alleged three men had forced entry into the...
Communities ‘bear brunt’ of climate disasters, councillors across Australia call for federal action
Community
Communities like the Eurobodalla have been hard-hit by natural disasters and local government leaders across the nation are now demanding that the federal government should take action. Thirty-one mayors and councillors across Australia, including from some of the country's most flood-damaged regions, have joined up to call on the federal government to do more to protect communities from tragic and costly extreme...
Two-week forest festival will celebrate all things green at Eurobodalla’s botanic gardens
Community
Did you know that spending time around trees is good for your mental health? For instance, a 2018 study from Japan found even short walks through the forest reduced feelings of depression and anxiety in people and improved positive moods. Well, nature-lovers in need of zen vibes will have the chance to put this claim to the test at a two-week...
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