About Chris Roe

Chris is Region's Wagga based Riverina Editor and has spent over 25 years in news.

He got an early start on his journalism career when a plane collided with his school bus in Bourke, NSW in 1990. His first instinct was to call the radio station and he's been reporting stories ever since!

Chris worked in radio across central NSW and Nth Qld and has spent the last 20 years in Sydney producing TV and digital news with NBC, Fox Sports, Sky News Australia and National Indigenous Television (SBS/NITV).

He's passionate about telling uniquely Australian stories and sneaking in as much local history and trivia as he can get away with.

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‘Playing with mud’ is back in vogue as potential potters embrace an ancient art form
Wagga based potter Diane Mahony has a simple explanation for why she enjoys working with clay. "Mum would never let me play with mud as a child," she says wryly. Diane is the president of the Wagga Potters Club and says the art form has boomed in popularity in recent months. "We can't keep up with the demand for clay...
Trainee Aboriginal rangers connect with the past to plan for the future
A small fire is burning at the Marrambidya Wetlands alongside the Murrumbidgee River as a group of Aboriginal elders and Local Land Services staff gather to let the eucalyptus smoke waft over them. About 50 representatives from across the state are in Wagga for the Aboriginal Support Network meeting, and this year there are new members. "We come together three times a year...
The true story of Furphy’s lasting legacy in the Riverina
If you've ever visited the Wagga Wagga Country Club on the banks of Lake Albert, you'll have no doubt passed the beautifully preserved piece of Aussie history sitting out front, behind the putting green. It's a fair-dinkum, fully restored Furphy water cart - and that's the truth! The plaque on this particular artefact suggests that it was most likely donated to the Country Club by...
Saving artefacts and getting Wagga’s rail history back on track
Wagga's iconic railway station has been open for business since 1880, but surprisingly it's never been officially opened. The Wagga Wagga Rail Heritage Association crew thinks it's about time it was, and they want to see it done in old-world style with a steam train, pageantry and the whole box and dice. "We want to get as many people involved as...
A unique team of NSW Police is working with farmers to turn the tables on rural crime
With fuel prices at historic highs, police are warning rural property owners to keep their tanks locked up tight. Rural Crime Prevention Team's southern region coordinator Detective Sergeant Damien Nott says farmers need to "harden targets" with chains, locks and security cameras. "You need to reduce the chance of becoming a victim and tighten up your security arrangements around your...
Regional infrastructure boom brings opportunities and challenges
After being largely ignored for decades, regional New South Wales is in the middle of an infrastructure renaissance with billions of dollars pouring into projects across the state. But are we ready for the boom? Business NSW Murray-Riverina regional manager Anthony McFarlane has warned that a lack of coordination could further aggravate the housing and skills crunch. "It goes without...
How Ashculme Textiles wove its way from an empty paddock to a busy loom
About seven years ago, Fiona Durman decided to invest in a small herd of Suri Alpacas for the family's Lake Albert property and take up the textile art form of weaving. Now a familiar sight at markets across the Riverina where she sells a spectacular array of hand-woven garments, Fiona said it all started with an empty paddock. "We wanted...
Wrestling refugee to bring a national event to Wagga
Wagga's wrestling coach Mohsen Haidary is a survivor. "I came to Australia in late 2012. I'm a refugee in this country. I came here on a boat," he says matter of factly. Mohsen is Persian and moved to Wagga a little over a year ago with a temporary protection visa requiring refugees to live, work or study in a regional area. He is...
The next generations of Grants reflect on the legacy of a Wiradjuri icon
"This is really impossible for me," declared Dr Stan Grant, AM as he accepted the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award at Saturday's NAIDOC Ball in Melbourne. "I'm just a little old blackfella from the bush." The venerable Wiradjuri elder, better known in the Riverina as Uncle Stan, received the award in recognition of his decades of work revitalising the Wiradjuri language. On...
The Riverina whisky that’s fit for a Queen
Food & Wine
When Dean Druce took over the abandoned Corowa Flour Mill over a decade ago, he never imagined that he would one day be delivering whisky to the Queen. "From all reports she loves a good whisky, so hopefully she likes ours," he says with a smile. Dean and the Corowa Distilling Co team are preparing to supply the UK's Rolls Royce...
Griffith man faces court over alleged plan to import 1.2 tonnes of cocaine
A Griffith man appeared in Sydney Central Local Court on Wednesday (29 June) to face charges over his role in a plan to import 1.2 tonnes of cocaine to Australia from Ecuador in 2021. Several other men were also charged after the failed venture was discovered by the Australian Federal Police during Operation Ironside. The operation was launched in April...
Post apocalyptic cars, Tonka trucks and Flintstones TVs – meet Wagga’s most eclectic collector
David Deuis is a lifelong collector. A Mad Max-style vehicle, a pair of obscure Toyota delivery vans, a score of refurbished toy trucks and a vintage Jaws poker-machine "topper" are among his favourite items at the moment. "I don't regret the things I've bought; I regret the things I didn't buy, which is probably a very true collector thing," he...
High drama at Gumly Gumly to rescue man trapped under birthing cow
Travellers on the Sturt Highway were surprised to see a large contingent of emergency vehicles heading at pace towards Gumly Gumly on Tuesday (28 June) afternoon. A half-dozen NSW Ambulance road crews,  a handful of police vehicles, the Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) and the Rural Fire Service all rushed to a property off Graham Ave. Once on scene, they set...
Remember when a trip to the video store was the start of a great night in?
I've spent the last week locked in a bedroom. COVID finally caught up with me. Aside from the relentless week-long headache and brain fog, it seemed like the ultimate 2020s assignment - Netflix and chill - but weirdly I found myself getting nostalgic for a trip to the video store. With a world of things to watch across a handful of...
Inland rail, housing and federal grants all on the agenda as councils gather in Canberra
About a thousand mayors and councillors from across the country have gathered in Canberra this week for the annual national assembly of local government. Wagga Mayor Dallas Tout said there was a positive energy around the three–day gathering. "It's a good opportunity to do a number of things," he explained. "You pick up on the national trends with all the...
Wagga whipmaker part of the story at Stockman’s Hall of Fame
Anthony Rennick is preparing to head north for the cold season. The Wagga whipmaker has been wintering in Longreach for over a decade now, moving his operation to the Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre where he is a living exhibit. "Years ago, the CEO at the time just asked me would I come up there and do...