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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Rail safety petition passes 20,000 as CWA lends its support
Community
The NSW Country Women's Association (CWA) has stepped in to reinforce the campaign by a Young nurse calling for urgent action on safety at all level crossings across the state. This news emerged last week after the CWA's annual conference in Bega passed a motion of urgency requesting the NSW Government to immediately commit to increasing safety measures at all...
Murrumbidgee’s failing river headwaters should not be forgotten
Environment
There’s a trickle of a stream meandering through Long Plain up in Kosciuszko National Park with a sign saying 'Murrumbidgee River'. Murrumbidgee is the Wiradjuri word for 'big water'. As you drive across the river – and you can – it’s nigh on impossible to reconcile that infant flow with its downstream maturation as Australia’s second longest river that eventually meets...
Construction begins on temporary bridge at Wallendbeen
News
Construction began today (21 June) on a temporary crossing bridge to replace an over-rail bridge at Wallendbeen, saving drivers a 40-minute detour. The replacement crossing on Burley Griffin Way at Wallendbeen was required after the existing 100-year-old overbridge was damaged by heavy rain in March, requiring immediate demolition. Burley Griffin Way has been closed to all traffic between Olympic Highway at...
Funds reinvigorate a range of rural projects
Community
Australian Outward Bound’s Tharwa site is on the up and up thanks to a $22,367 grant set to provide a new lease on life to aged firefighting and maintenance equipment. The project is expected to improve the program’s preparedness for future disasters and is just one of over 100 projects throughout Australia to receive financial support from the Foundation for...
Barilaro supports call to delay council elections until demerger decision
News
The gauntlet has been thrown down by NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro, who has agreed the September 2021 NSW local government elections should be postponed until a decision on demerging Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council (CGRC) is made public. Mr Barilaro and Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke met with representatives from Gundagai Council in Exile (GCIE) last week and reiterated their personal...
Public donations kindle new facility for threatened platypus
Environment
In the wake of heightened concerns about the threatened status of the iconic platypus comes the news the species is to have a second dedicated rescue and rehabilitation facility in NSW. Thanks to plans by the Taronga Conservation Society Australia and RSPCA NSW, a new purpose-built facility will serve as a refuge for platypus requiring urgent care and respite at...
Plea for parliamentary petition signatures on level-crossing safety as deadline looms
Community
While a report is being prepared for a coronial inquest into the deaths of two men at a railway crossing near Bribbaree in February 2021, the fiance of one of those killed is appealing to all NSW residents to support a petition for NSW Parliament. At around 5:00 pm on 23 February, Ethan Hunter, 27, and Mark Fenton, 50, were...
Is Cootamundra Airport the celebrity gateway to NSW?
News
Cootamundra Airport has come under the COVID-19 spotlight after reports it has played host to the second highest number of incoming private international flights to Australia in the past 12 months. Figures from aviation data and analytics firm Cirium, cited recently in The Sydney Morning Herald, showed that of the 113 private international flights arriving in Australia between 1 April,...
Poisonous debate rages as mice hunker down for winter
Environment
Out in the land of crops west and north of Canberra, the cold isn’t doing much to abate the plague of mice across grain-germinating paddocks. Farm folklore dictates that the first frosts would decimate populations, but recent rain, snow and bitter winds are proving as ineffective as Queensland was against NSW in game one of the 2021 State of Origin...
House fires in Yass and Young prompt winter warnings ahead of cold front
News
Forensic police are examining the scene of a fire which left a house in Young extensively damaged on the night of Monday, 7 June, as fire authorities warn residents to take extra care as temperatures plummet this week. Emergency services were called to the house in Wombat Street around 6:00 pm on Monday after a neighbour reported seeing smoke emanating...
Australia’s first hands-free, high-tech farm bound for southern NSW
News
Farmers across the nation will watch with interest as Australia’s first fully automated commercial farm establishes itself in southern NSW. For many people, the notion of hands-free farming is as far from reality as being able to forecast long-range weather in advance, but this new high-tech facility at the edge of the NSW food bowl is garnering much interest. It aims...
Old country railway line tracking toward rehabilitation
Community
The reactivation of Cowra Lines is a step closer with a global engineering company now appointed to develop a concept design that will investigate options to reinstate the Blayney to Demondrille rail line. Last week NSW Regional Transport and Roads Minister Paul Toole said the work would examine reinstatement costs and ongoing viability of the 179-kilometre line to deliver future freight...
Three winter festivals to celebrate the best that west of the mountains has to offer
What's On
As winter descends on the Snowy Mountains, people are being asked to grab their warmest beanies and head west to take a bite out of the best the Snowy Valleys has to offer. Three festivals focused on food, wine and music have been arranged for the winter months of June, July and August to help buoy towns so heavily impacted...
Gundagai’s heritage bridge survives troubled waters, only to be toppled by a truck
Community
It took two days but, crunch, it went – the partial demolition of a 152-year-old timber viaduct that spans the Gundagai floodplain, leaving residents aghast that a section of the heritage-listed tourist attraction could be wrecked without consultation. None were shocked more than Robert Butcher, who has served on Gundagai’s historic bridges committee for 44 years. The first he heard of...
Expert urges people to take care when handling wild mice
Health & Wellbeing
While people across multiple Australian states are worrying about how to trap mice during the current plague, a Charles Sturt University expert has warned we should be equally concerned about how we handle and dispose of them. Andrew Peters, an associate professor in wildlife health and pathology at the university’s School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences in Wagga Wagga, said contact with wild mice could be...
The simple plan that gave life to Jugiong Writers’ Festival
Arts & Culture
It’s almost impossible to fathom the genesis of Jugiong Writers' Festival, a biennial event that celebrates reading, writing and really good fun in the inviting little village just 90 minutes down the Hume Highway from Canberra. Just one person, one idea and several conversations is how the shroud was lifted off the lives of several locals – to their delight...
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