About Clare McCabe

Clare is a journalist from regional NSW, originally from the Sutherland Shire.

She studied communications and media in Sydney and completed a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Cross University around a decade ago.

She has worked in community news radio and print media in New Zealand and Australia.

Clare is passionate about bridging the divide between city and country including access to education and healthcare, rural infrastructure, and politics from local council to federal parliament.

Clare lives with her family on a Hereford stud at Lost River in the Southern Tablelands. She is a lover of craft beer and cooking, and delights in pairing a fine ale or draught with a meal.

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Upper Lachlan backflips on Goulburn to Crookwell Rail Trail
Plans for a multi-million dollar rail trail between Goulburn and Crookwell stalled last week after the Upper Lachlan Shire withdrew its support from the project. Originally slated to progress from near the Graywood siding towards the Crookwell terminus, the decision means the Upper Lachlan Shire would not contribute financially to the building or ongoing maintenance of the rail trail in their...
Celebrating connections this World MS Day
Before his diagnosis, farmer Rob Bell believed Multiple Sclerosis (MS) was a disease that only affected others. "The only thing I knew about it was that it was one of those things that happened to someone else," he said. It’s easy to be optimistic; however, research showed that one in three Australians would be directly impacted by MS through a...
Future shines brightly for Crookwell Hospital
Crookwell Hospital's new emergency department has increased the number of treatment beds, injecting tremendous positivity into the community. In addition to four more patient rooms, improvements included a new waiting area that is more easily accessible to the public and ambulances via an entrance positioned before the existing main entrance. Further upgrades were to medical equipment including ECG machines, a defibrillator...
Not the end of the line for Historic Crookwell railway station
On 22 April 1902 the final steel railway sleeper was laid to complete the Goulburn to Crookwell railway line. On its 120th anniversary, Crookwell Heritage Railway group members laid a new turntable deck and reinforced the railway sleepers' supports at the heritage-listed terminus, proving it wasn't the end of the line for the early 1900s railway station. Though its last powerful steam...
Goulburn’s Penny Ackery challenges Angus Taylor for the seat of Hume
Backed by the Voices of Hume group, Independent candidate Penny Ackery hopes to disrupt the Liberal's two-decade hold on the seat of Hume in the upcoming federal election. A mother and teacher from the outskirts of Goulburn, Ms Ackery has been vocal about an anti-corruption committee since her selection as the representative of the Voices group last November. Like many...
Crookwell a hotbed of sporting talent as hockey players prepare for Australian championships
Eleven promising stars from the Upper Lachlan Shire are preparing to represent their state in the 2022 Hockey Australia Championships this month. Aged between 13 and 16 years old, the students will face off with some of the country's best players in Cairns and Newcastle to vie for gold. School principal Vero Joseph said he was "proud" of all the...
Sink or swim time for new aquatic complex in Crookwell
The plans for the new Crookwell Multipurpose Aquatic and Activities Centre (MAAC) will limit the use of the 25-m pool to five months of the year. Since the Upper Lachlan Shire’s swimming pool was closed in 2020 the town has been left with nowhere to swim leaving residents to travel more than 40 km to their nearest pool. Wheeo resident...
‘Not taking any chances’: Preparing to conquer an ultra marathon for charity
Keith 'Keeto' Muscat is preparing to run an ultra-marathon around the picturesque town of Crookwell in the Southern Tablelands to raise money for Police Legacy's Run4Blue and the Crookwell Community Trust charities. On 28 May the 46-year old amateur runner will test his endurance over 80 km traversing the local area, which takes in parts of Laggan to Roslyn, Woodhouselee...
Farmers reach regenerative agriculture success in the Upper Lachlan Shire
Around five years ago in the Southern Tablelands region near Crookwell, Dimity Taylor and her husband Hugh Klem joined a local group of like-minded, environmentally-conscious farmers working towards restoring their landscape health. In the years prior, Dimity and Hugh had taken over the management of the family property at Bannister, where they lived with their three children. At their farm, they...
Double trouble or twice as nice? Crookwell’s St Mary’s Primary School welcomes three sets of twins
It will be double trouble or twice as nice for teachers at Crookwell's St Mary's Primary School as three sets of twins start school for the first time. Identical twins Elaine and Grace Hannan, Pepper and Bailey Reeves, and Adrian and Khloe Pickett are all heading off to big school in the Southern Tablelands town.  After a fun-filled six-week holiday, Elaine and...
Crookwell Potato Festival announces new date
Traditonally held in May, organisers of the Crookwell Potato Festival have announced a new date for 2022 and will relaunch in November. The Upper Lachlan Shire Council is planning the 2022 festival and is confident it can make a successful comeback from the challenging COVID-19 shutdowns. "Planning is moving full steam ahead," Upper Lachlan Shire Council general manager Colleen Worthy...
100 years on, the CWA celebrates at the 2022 Crookwell Show
The Country Women’s Association was founded 100 years ago at a conference attended by country women in Sydney. As part of centenary celebrations, the NSW CWA President Stephanie Stanhope will officially open the 143rd annual Crookwell Show in February. Like many country shows, the Crookwell Show is making a comeback in 2022 after the organisers opted to cancel the 2021...
Early colonial life in regional Australia captured in colour thanks to modern technology
Sepia coloured photographs from Crookwell and its surrounding districts are being retouched in colour, giving life to the memories of regional Australia. Brent Hall, from Crookwell, started retouching photographs to revisit his family memories. It began with an image of himself and his brother as small children sitting on a piano set. He then proceeded to re-colour community photographs from special...
‘A family affair’: new children’s book published by Southern Tablelands mother and daughter
The first children’s book that Lyn Cram illustrated was a keepsake for her son to celebrate the arrival of his first child. More recently, the great-grandmother and artist from Crookwell in the Southern Tablelands illustrated the children’s book Waldo Pig. Published six weeks ago, it was written by her daughter Rebecca Soames from Braidwood and produced by her two sons....
Australian Agricultural Centre to host farming and carbon field day at Crookwell
Since the discussion of carbon offsets first started, it has had many farmers questioning if carbon sequestering is the new cash crop? On Friday, 26 November, industry professionals will meet with producers at Crookwell Showground to present opportunities to those wanting to transition from the idea of carbon sequestration towards field practice. The Australian Agricultural Centre's farming and carbon field...
Historic Crookwell Masonic Hall goes under the hammer
The historic Crookwell Masonic Hall is up for sale. When the Art Deco hall was built in 1885, Crookwell was a burgeoning regional town with Goulburn Street being developed. By then, town planning was well progressed with the Commercial Hotel – now the Horse and Hound – having been built in 1874, the Bank of NSW built in 1875, the Court...