About Claire Fenwicke

Originally from a farm in Walcha, Claire studied a Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Creative Arts (theatre) at the University of Wollongong, and also won the JB Fairfax Award for Rural Journalism while she was a student.

She has been working as a journalist since 2016 and has experience in radio, television and print, covering everything from court and crime to community events and sport. When she's not writing, she's running after her growing family in Canberra or attempting to learn how to knit.

Get in touch at [email protected]

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Report reveals final movements before helicopter crash in Kosciuszko National Park
The preliminary report into what happened before a helicopter crashed in Kosciuszko National Park at Kiandra Flats has been released by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). The Bell LongRanger helicopter dropped from a height of 7400 feet above sea level on 3 April 2022, killing the pilot and passenger onboard. The ATSB report outlined the sequence of events leading up...
Deluge breaks rainfall records as clean up begins
Emergency service and transport crews have spent the day mopping up after torrential rain fell across the ACT and surrounds. More than a month's worth of rain was delivered in less than two days across parts of the Territory, with Canberra Airport recording 43.8 millimetres. Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino said this was Canberra's wettest August day since 1974. "This brought...
Wet weather closes roads and Thredbo Resort
The soggy conditions will continue across southern NSW and the ACT today (4 August), with a severe weather warning still in place for large parts of the region. According to the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), heavy rainfall, which could lead to flash flooding, was expected across the Snowy Mountains and the South Western Slopes. The BoM expects wet weather until...
Barilaro Inquiry: Stuart Ayres resigns; Labor claims trade job ‘cover up is worse than the crime’
NSW Trade Minister Stuart Ayres has resigned from the ministry and as NSW Liberals deputy leader as serious questions continued to swirl around his role in the appointment of John Barilaro to a top trade job. It came as Investment NSW CEO Amy Brown was recalled to the parliamentary inquiry examining the process which resulted in the former Deputy Premier...
‘You might need to sit down, mate’: Goulburn couple takes home $20m lotto win
A Goulburn couple is $20 million richer after securing the only division one winning entry in Oz Lotto. The pair said they couldn't describe how they were feeling as news of their win sunk in. "I’m in tears mate! Every time I think I’m okay, the waterworks kick off again!" the winning husband said. "I don’t even know what to...
Man suffers serious head and facial injuries in truck rollover near Tarago
A man has been flown to Canberra Hospital in a serious but stable condition after a semi-trailer rolled near Tarago this morning (3 August). At about 9:45 am, emergency services were called to Braidwood Road following reports of a crash. The semi-trailer low loader had been carrying a large piece of road work machinery when it rolled. READ ALSO: Complications...
Search for missing 55-year-old woman on South Coast
Police need our help to find a missing 55-year-old woman who was last seen on the South Coast. Kim Misios was last seen driving in the Narooma area on Sunday (31 July), but has not contacted family or friends since. She's described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 155 cm tall, of medium build with blonde hair and blue eyes....
Heavy rain, damaging winds on their way
A severe weather warning has been issued covering large parts of southern NSW and the ACT, with predictions of up to 100 millimetres falling across the region by the end of the week. The bulk of the heavy rain's predicted for Thursday (4 August), with damaging wind gusts also on the cards. It results from a complex low-pressure system moving...
Decision to permanently fly Aboriginal flag at Yass Soldiers Memorial Hall meets opposition
The Aboriginal flag could soon join the Australian flag outside the Soldiers Memorial Hall in Yass - but the decision was made without community consultation. The idea was raised as part of the Mayoral Minute at the Yass Valley Council meeting on Thursday, 28 July. Mayor Allan McGrath said he thought it was a "fairly reasonable" request. "I'm sure the...
Queanbeyan pop-up DNA centre leads to search for man missing for 56 years
A man who has been missing for 56 years has finally had his disappearance reported to police. At the recent pop-up familial DNA collection program in Queanbeyan, a family member provided a sample of his DNA and reported the disappearance of Ronald Peter Owen, hoping it would lead to him being found. Ronald was last seen at his family home...
Man flown to hospital following highway crash near Berridale
A man has been flown to Canberra Hospital in a serious condition following a two-vehicle collision on Kosciuszko Road north of Berridale. At about 7 am on Sunday (31 July), emergency services responded to reports of a crash on the highway near Rocky Plain Road in the locality of Cootralantra. Police were told a 29-year-old man was travelling northbound when...
Remembering the day the earth shifted and tragedy struck Thredbo, 25 years on
On this day 25 years ago, disaster struck in the mountains at Thredbo as the alpine village slept. At about 11:30 pm on 30 July 1997, a landslide was triggered in a fill embankment of Alpine Way which saw Carinya Lodge ripped from its foundations. The soil and the ski lodge's west wing then hurtled down the slope and slammed...
Complications blamed for delays to Tarago lead remediation works
Transport for NSW (TfNSW) has apologised to Tarago residents over promised lead remediation works that still haven't begun. The Tarago Lead Management Plan was developed in September 2020 and was due to be completed by 30 September 2021 under the original Voluntary Management Proposal (VMP) approved by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). But when voting to adopt the village's draft...
Queanbeyan man charged with weapons, drugs and driving offences following Sydney police chase
A Queanbeyan man will front a Sydney court following a crash involving four parked vehicles. At about 6:10 am on Wednesday (27 July) a blue Ford Falcon smashed into the vehicles parked on Duncan Street, Maroubra, in Sydney's eastern suburbs. Police said the front passenger wheel of the Falcon was ripped off, but it continued down the road "for some...
$2.2 million lifeline provided to deliver Bungendore Sports Hub
Bungendore Sports Hub construction has received a boost in the form of $2.2 million in NSW government and council funding. The hub has been under construction for the past 18 months with bulk earthworks, four netball courts, two main turf sporting fields, irrigation and floodlighting already complete. However the land acquisition process created extra costs not covered by the original allocation...
UPDATE: Body believed to be that of missing South Coast man found
UPDATE 12:15 pm - Police believe they have found the body of missing man, James Wiggins. A body was found by South Coast Police District officers on Cemetery Road, Narooma, just before 8:30 am today (Tuesday, 26 July). While the body has not been identified yet, it's believed to be Mr Wiggins. Police said initial inquiries indicated his death was...