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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Fanny Lumsden nominated for ARIA ahead of upcoming tour
Arts & Culture
Launching an album in March 2020 at the same time the pause button was pressed on concerts, tours and live shows around Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t ideal. Two years of preparation went down the tube. But in bushfire-struck Tooma, a small NSW community south of Tumbarumba, singer-songwriter Fanny Lumsden still walked onstage with her band and raised...
Seven-week poetry workshops ahead of 2021 Jugiong Writers Festival
Arts & Culture
If you have a knack for words, plenty of rhyme and rhythm, are aged between 13-18 years, and live in the Riverina and South West Slopes, this might be the ticket to greatness. Just access to a computer and seven weeks of your time is all that stands between you and a possible future as a poet. Free workshops are...
Path to redemption for old regional rail network
These days, it seems there’s not much exciting about railway lines unless they’re turned into bicycle trails. However, some lines built in the NSW South West Slopes as early as 1888 are on a path to redemption. The Cowra Lines aren't huge in the grand network of rail lines, but they extend from Demondrille, near Harden-Murrumburrah, to Blayney, and west...
Hilltops wines strike gold in NSW Wine Awards
Food & Wine
It's a big week ahead for the makers and drinkers of Hilltops wine as attention turns to the International Convention Centre in Sydney to see who takes out trophies in the 2020 NSW Wine Awards. The Hilltops wine region is based around Boorowa, Harden and Young, just two hours northwest of Canberra and boasts around 20 vineyards producing cool-climate grapes...
Save Tumba supporters say the time to save their shire is now
Never has so little time meant so much to the people of Tumbarumba, who are hellbent on getting their shire back. With just three weeks remaining until the public inquiry into the demerger proposal affecting Snowy Valleys Council, the call has echoed far and wide for residents to not only make a submission but be heard when November 3-5 rolls...
Minister heeds Tumut community’s concerns about Batlow Road
When the people of Tumut have a minister’s ear it means big things for the town. Hot on the heels of the announcement on Friday, 9 October, that a new roundabout is to be constructed at the intersection of Gocup Road and Snowy Mountains Highway comes the news that another intersection in the South West Slopes town is in the...
Tumut road crash deaths the catalyst for change
It took the death of a pregnant Canberra woman and one of her children to force a change that the Tumut community was unable to get for decades. Khayla Reno, 29, was 20 weeks’ pregnant when she and her 10-year-old daughter died following a collision between her car and a truck at the intersection of Gocup Road, Snowy Mountains Highway...
Churchill’s legacy reaches region’s passionate two
Last week, two women from the NSW South West Slopes joined a distinguished circle of scholars who have, for 55 years, been intent on bettering the world. Danielle Allen, of Greenethorpe, and Bernadette Zanet, of Tumut, were named among 112 Australians who are now proud recipients of the prestigious 2020 Churchill Fellowship. The memorial Fellowships were developed as an expressed wish...
Mr West, from way out west, Bribbaree’s quiet ambassador
Bill West is wondering what all the fuss is about with him being named a finalist in the 2020 NSW/ACT Regional and Community Achievement Awards. The Bribbaree farmer likes to keep to himself and go about his daily business. Talking about himself usually involves saying "we". He takes no individual credit for his achievements. But if you know Bill and...
Brumbies shot with arrows in ‘repugnant’ attack
Senior rural crime investigators have labelled "repugnant" the actions of two teens who allegedly used bows and arrows to illegally hunt brumbies near Kiandra in Kosciuzsko National Park this week. One brumby was left dead and the other injured as a result of the activity near Three Mile Creek. NSW Police Rural Crime investigators from Cooma travelled to the location...
Farmers’ desperate plea for workers ahead of harvest
As the clock ticks towards November, it's starting to feel more like a time bomb for farmers and producers in the NSW South West Slopes who are facing bumper crops with very few hands on deck to help harvest them. This is the time of year when the town of Young – the cherry capital of Australia – usually becomes Australia's United...
Murrumbidgee Local Health District relaxes visitor restrictions
As COVID-19 numbers reduce across NSW, Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) is relaxing visitor restrictions for residential aged care facilities as well as paediatric patients in the region. From Wednesday, 30 September, aged care residents will be allowed two visitors per day aged 16 years and over. This is an increase from just one visitor for a total of one hour, which...
A tale of two buildings and a lone gunman
If a police officer faced off with a gunman outside a police station in a large city – say, Sydney – all hell would break loose. Cops everywhere. If that happened, you’d expect to hear these words in the aftermath: “The criminality here is extreme." “It's a very unusual event, but something that really concerns us." "The police are trained...
Country crash a reminder to take care on gravel roads
An accident on a country road in the South West Slopes today has NSW Police reminding drivers travelling on gravel roads to take extra care. At about 7.20 am, a 28-year-old Thuddungra woman was travelling north on Ashville School Road, near Thuddungra, west of Young, when the silver Holden vehicle she was driving left the road and collided with a...
New little cop shop delivers big on police promise
The start to 2020 wasn’t quite what the community of Adelong, in the NSW South West Slopes, was hoping for, but when NSW Minster for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott visited the tiny town recently there was cause for celebration. Just 15 months after Member for Wagga Wagga Dr Joe McGirr stood in NSW Parliament asking the same minister...
New centre boosts firefighting capabilities on South West Slopes
A long-awaited $6.1 million purpose-built Fire Control Centre has brought NSW South West Slopes firefighting capabilities into the 21st century, allowing the region to start the bushfire danger period better prepared than ever. It was a point reinforced at the opening by NSW Police and Emergency Services Minister David Elliott. “While the previous FCC served the district well, I am...