About Edwina Mason

Edwina Mason has worked as a journalist and editor in regional and metropolitan media for over 30 years. Her loop of NSW regional newspapers includes Young, Griffith, Armidale, Singleton, Camden and Queanbeyan before she joined Eric Beecher's Text Media Group. There she transitioned from print to online journalism firstly in content strategy, then as an editor at News Ltd and over to ninemsn where she was head of News, Current Affairs, Technology and the network home page.

A couple of years living in Toronto, Canada found her learning the art of documentary filmmaking in the Mississipi Delta before she returned home to the family farm to live. A year of planting trees later she joined the Young Witness as its managing editor. Then it was over to learn the political ropes under Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson before she became Senior Electorate Officer for Katrina's successor Steph Cooke.

Home is the family farm at Thuddungra where she's laid her hat, surrounded by too many four-legged critters for her brother's liking. Now breeding quarter horses with her partner, she feeds, rides and pats cutting horses morning and evening around her About Regional work.

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Sawyers historic timber mountain hut stands the test of time
Community
It’s taken 8000 brad nails, 2000 regular nails, 500 screws and 288 boards and battens, but Sawyers Hut is just a hammer whack from completion. The construction ticks off the first in a long list of Kosciuszko National Park buildings the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) earmarked for restoration after they were destroyed by fire in the black...
Sky scraping hi-tech nest boxes deployed to save greater gliders
Environment
The humble wildlife nest box has been given a hi-tech overhaul to help recover greater glider populations across the nation, with a forest southeast of Canberra now home to these shelters. One hundred and twenty elaborate nest boxes, nicknamed "Goldilocks" boxes, have been mounted in fire-affected forests in Tallaganda National Park and state forest in NSW with a further 120...
Huw’s 50-day alpine odyssey a ‘journey about passion’
Community
A man familiar with unimaginably wild expeditions in even wilder parts of the world is set to ski the length of Australia’s alpine region this winter. Over about 50 days in mid-winer, 59-year-old Huw Kingston will cover uncountable kilometres in unknown conditions from Mt Baw Baw in Victoria hopefully winding up in the heart of the ACT. But not to...
Polar blast pours cold water on Selwyn Snow Resort’s 2022 opening
News
Just weeks from opening to the public, two years after it was razed by the Black Summer bushfires, tools have been downed at Selwyn Snow Resort due to unprecedented amounts of snow. The hotly-anticipated, newly constructed state-of-the-art resort was set to open on 2 July but well over 100 cm of snowfall in the past week has shut down all...
Kosciuszko Koala sightings raise hopes for species’ survival
Environment
Evidence of an important koala population in higher elevations of Kosciuszko National Park (KNP) has raised hopes for the species' survival. New surveys conducted in November 2021 and February 2022 recorded male koalas at 14 sites within the remote Byadbo Wilderness Area, in the southeast corner of KNP along the Victorian border. Using 100 spotlight survey and acoustic recorders, the...
Icy reception to the cancellation of Tumut’s Falling Leaf Festival
Community
The last-minute cancellation of this year's Festival of the Falling Leaf, due to forecast extreme weather, has resulted in a frosty outcome for organisers, who are now rallying to make reparation. There was already community disquiet around location, ticket prices, the loss of several festival favourites such as the street parade and fireworks display at the Tumut event but then...
Mountain communities invite you to take a bite out of winter
What's On
Communities west of the Snowy Mountains are inviting visitors to take a bite out of winter in the towns of Adelong and Batlow in June and August. Both towns will host a single-day event as part of the Winter Bites Festival organised by Snowy Valleys Council and funded through the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants. Festival-goers will get the chance...
Hilltops writers’ competition offers golden opportunity to share history
Arts & Culture
A small writers group at Young has spearheaded a national competition that may unearth some extraordinary personal histories of our nation. The Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) Lambing Flat branch has launched the Burrangong Gold Writing Competition 2022, inviting writers of all ages to submit a fictional short story or memoir. It's a fitting name, given the deep veins of gold...
Australia’s highest suspension bridge opens path to alpine tourism
News
Amid Australia's loftiest peaks lies the country's highest suspension bridge, freshly minted and ready for walkers to test their boots as part of an ambitious new tourism venture. Standing 1627 m above sea level, the bridge spans the Snowy River between Guthega and Charlotte Pass in Kosciuszko National Park. It's part of a recently constructed 9-km track along the upper...
Bush brigade celebrates 420 years of service in their new shed
Community
The soldier settlement of Maimuru, northwest of Young, has long been known for its stone fruit production but last weekend was all about celebrating a combined 420 years of community service from a handful of residents. A National Emergency Medal and 14 long service medals were presented to local Rural Fire Service (RFS) brigade members, recognising service ranging between 11...
Simmo’s Big Walk across NSW raises more than $650,000
Community
Walking 300 km in just 11 days, league great Royce (Simmo) Simmons has raised more than $650,000 to support the Dementia Australia Research Foundation (DARF), exceeding his initial goal of $500,000. During the highly-publicised walk from his hometown of Gooloogong in the NSW Central West, Royce passed through towns including Cowra, Blayney, Bathurst, Lithgow and Katoomba on his way to Penrith’s...
Down but not out – Nimmitabel’s old Geldmacher Mill reopens
Community
In a move that had the population of chilly Nimmitabel practically in a sweat, the fate of one of the town’s most prominent structures has hung in the balance while its safety was assessed. Standing tall among the heirloom buildings the small town is renowned for, the striking Geldmacher Mill was one of only two remaining heritage windmills in NSW....
The short and tall tales that put Gundagai on the map
Community
The local canine population in Gundagai has grown by three pups in the past year, which can mostly be seen lolling around Sheridan Street, day and night. There to greet locals and visitors to the town, they’re the offspring of Lady, the Dog on the Tuckerbox. Unveiled in 1932 this memorial, which arose from a bush ballad, perpetually greets traffic...
Gundagai’s Prince Alfred Bridge memorial concepts unveiled
Community
Design concepts commemorating the former Prince Alfred Bridge are in, but the Department of Planning and Environment is still open to community feedback. Using timber and steel salvaged from last year’s demolition, the concepts aim to commemorate the bridge’s heritage and cultural and social significance while creating a new tourist site for Gundagai. Following an assessment of 139 community submissions,...
Amber Haigh murder co-accused in prison hospital
News
Amber Haigh murder co-accused Anne Margaret Geeves, set to face Young Local Court yesterday (17 May), could not appear due to illness. Represented by solicitor Fiona Sams, the court was told Mrs Geeves was currently housed in a prison hospital due to an undisclosed illness and would not be able to face the magistrate as scheduled. The 61-year-old had been...
Eyes to the skies – record numbers of pelicans about to take flight
Environment
More than 25,000 pelicans are expected to soon take flight north and east to the coast, following two bumper pelican breeding events in southern inland NSW. Your sightings of the formations – called pods, scoops or squadrons – or even lone pelicans at the water’s edge could help scientific investigations into these fascinating fowls. https://youtu.be/xLVsM_4QTvA Record numbers of pelican nests...
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