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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Emma’s Koby proves her pedigree in trans-Tasman challenge
A Coolac woman and her dog have come close to rounding up top honours in a competition to find the hardest working dog coast to coast and across the Tasman. Emma Stocks will tell you she and her black and tan kelpie Koby – with the most beautiful eyebrows – weren’t even close to winning, but their second placing in...
Researchers welcome Moroccan natives who may change the face of farming
Australia’s newest immigrants aren't likely to be seen strolling the city streets, but they’re here to do a dirty little job that will hopefully change the nation. More than 300 of the Onthophagus andalusicus beetles (yes, try to say that) arrived safely at Canberra’s CSIRO importation facility last week after a journey lasting more than a year. The world-tripping dung...
The perils of admitting URnotOK in a world where notOK is still frowned upon
Most of the time, admitting that URnotOK is literally putting your head on the chopping block. People will judge you forever, steer away from you in the supermarket and use a permanent marker to cross your name off the party list. In the work environment, it remains taboo. It is the badge of shame you bear every day you walk...
The story of Currowan a lesson in bushfires for all
As a journalist, Bronwyn Adcock is used to stepping beyond the invisible line between ambiguity and reality to tell stories, but her latest work scrutinises a powerfully personal event and its ramifications for her community and the nation.  In the COVID-19-dominated 18 months since the 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires, as fire-affected families and communities quietly limped back from trauma, Bronwyn...
Sculptures by the sea now in the Snowies
Arts & Culture
It wasn’t that long ago that one of Australia’s foremost sculptors was ladder deep in piles of wood near Yass, chipping away at an installation set to elevate the Snowy Valleys high country to dizzying heights of tourism. So shrouded is this initiative even the Snowy Valleys Mayor James Hayes can’t talk about it, but he’s beyond euphoric at the...
Knit one, purl one – one serious leisure proving a lockdown saviour
Health & Wellbeing
Robin Stevens of Bendick Murrell in the NSW South West Slopes would be the first to tell you about the benefits of knitting as a hobby. She’s been doing it since she was five but right now she’s particularly thankful for the positive vibes she gets as she settles down each day with the needles and yarn. It’s little wonder...
Close encounters of the slithery kind
First day of spring you say. But I can tell you that the first day of spring isn’t about warmth, blossoms and bees for me. It’s when those creeping, sneaky, slithery snakes come out. We farm girls are nothing short of superwomen – we can fix fences, toe cut sheep, pull a lamb, shovel grain, muster on horseback, drive tractors,...
University app detects cattle-bloat cases in southern NSW
Six cases of cattle bloat in southern NSW have been reported on Charles Sturt University’s new 'Bloat Alert' app in the past week. Professor Bruce Allworth, who is based at the university's School of Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences in Wagga Wagga, said producers in southern NSW and northern Victoria should remain vigilant of the condition. “Notifications have started to occur...
‘It’s a ticking time bomb’ – calls for logging near towns to cease to reduce fire risk
The Nature Conservation Council (NCC) is calling on the NSW Government to scrap planned logging operations near towns and settlements on the NSW Far South Coast, parts of the Snowy Mountains and in the north of the state after new research found it significantly increased the risks of catastrophic fires. For towns like Mogo, Eden and Brooman - even Batlow - it's been equated to a ticking time bomb...
Open letter implores NSW Premier to amend and extend Snowies masterplan
With the deadline for the Snowy Mountains Special Activation Precinct Masterplan public exhibition period now past, some of the state’s leading conservationists, ecologists and former national parks managers have publicly implored NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian for more time. The masterplan went on public exhibition on 28 June with submissions closing midnight Monday, 23 August, a timeframe condemned as being insufficient....
Tumut’s golden girl of swimming set to scorch in Tokyo
There was a point in her life when Ashley van Rijswijk told her teacher she didn’t have to do schoolwork because she was going to the Olympics. Ashley’s dad, Craig, was reminded of this only recently as his daughter jetted off to Tokyo as part of the Australian Dolphins swim team currently competing in the 2021 Paralympics. The van Rijswijks...
Inland Rail project a concern for level crossing safety campaigner
For Young nurse Maddie Bott, there are many concerns regarding the 1700km Inland Rail freight project that will connect Melbourne to Brisbane via regional Victoria, NSW and Queensland. The rail route skims the western edges of the NSW South West Slopes and Riverina, and will pass through the communities of Illabo, Stockinbingal, Milvale, Bribbaree and Quandialla, west of Cootamundra and...
University heat and climate tests help Monaro farmers battle dieback
Coinciding with the release of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on climate change, Australian National University (ANU) has joined forces with Landcare volunteers in a series of temperature and drought trials testing the climate resilience of native eucalyptus species. Working with the Upper Snowy Landcare Network, researchers are focusing on species from the woodlands and forests of...
Blue trees open prison doors to discussion about mental health
It’s okay to have a blue day and for some of the region’s corrective services employees, the issue of mental health is being tackled in a very creative way. They’ve started painting blue trees as a means of raising awareness about suicide and the importance of good mental health, and aim to have 50 blue trees at workplaces across the...
Tribunal appeal calls for release of NSW Government reports on wild horse management
An appeal was heard before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) on Monday, 16 August, to access key reports on the management of wild horses in Kosciuszko National Park. The appeal, lodged by the Invasive Species Council in support of the Reclaim Kosci campaign, seeks access to the final reports developed by the Kosciuszko National Park Wild Horse Community...
It’s magpie swooping season and this is what you need to know
It doesn't matter where you live, be it the ACT, the South Coast, the South West Slopes or Southern Tablelands, chances are you'll be under attack. And before you think the current COVID-19 lockdown will save you, think bigger, because the sun is out and so are the magpies, sweet little burbling, curious creatures they are. Just have a look...