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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Batlow farmer reshapes his apple-growing future
Food & Wine
Batlow apple farmers Ralph and Judy Wilson have emerged from the wreckage of 2020 knee-deep in one of the best seasons they’ve experienced in years. Among the last of the smaller growers in the Batlow region, they’ve been farming apples for nearly 40 years on a block that has produced apples for more than a century. Ralph says the milder...
NSW must come to the table on wild horses, says ACT Government
Environment
Pressure is mounting for the NSW Government to disclose its updated strategy for management of wild horse populations across alpine regions of NSW. The matter has been roused from its Christmas sleep by the ACT Government and conservation groups after Parks Victoria released the draft Feral Horse Action Plan 2021 on 26 March, to address feral horse impacts and protect the...
Reward offered for information on NSW teen’s hit-and-run death
News
NSW Police are offering a $250,000 reward for information that may lead to the identification of the driver who struck and killed a Riverina teen in 2018. The reward comes after a three-day coronial inquest into the hit-and-run death of 15-year-old Braydon Worldon which found he suffered multiple blunt force injuries when hit from behind by a vehicle just 9km...
Narooma’s coastal waters a beacon of climate change
Environment
The endless beaches of Narooma mean the far south coast town of 3000 people has rated high as a tourism hotspot, but now researchers have discovered its clear blue waters are a troubling barometer of climate change. A UNSW study has found the waters off southern NSW and the east coast of Tasmania are warming twice as fast as waters...
Hazard reduction burns resume in Kosciuszko National Park
News
If you see smoke rising from the rooftop of Australia this week, don’t be alarmed – it just means the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has resumed its hazard reduction burn program in Kosciuszko National Park. The burns resumed this week and, weather permitting, will continue in coming weeks. Acting NPWS branch director Steve Cathcart said the first four burns, which...
Tragic death of fiance inspires Maddie to campaign for level crossing safety
Community
Maddie Bott and Ethan Hunter were set to marry in Easter. This was their plan B wedding, having been forced to cancel their dream October 3, 2020 nuptials in Fiji due to COVID-19. Now there won’t be a wedding. Instead Maddie was forced to share her vows at Ethan’s funeral in Grenfell on March 8. It was a one-off trip...
Elliott Way repair works under way with expected May completion
Community
There will be general rejoicing and high fiving around Tumbarumba way when news filters through that the heavy machinery is now in action on Elliott Way and is now due to reopen in May. The route is a road less travelled through the Snowy Mountains, offering varied scenery to tourists as it winds through some of the highest settlements in...
Forestry Corp makes room at Blowering in time for Easter campers
News
There will be a collective cheer echoing throughout the Snowy Valleys this week as salvage operations in the state forests bordering Blowering Dam's western foreshore area temporarily cease over the Easter long weekend. This means a limited area at the popular camping and fishing spot will be open to the public from noon Thursday 1 April 2021 until noon Tuesday...
UPDATED: Immediate demolition for Wallendbeen bridge as road and rail services disrupted
News
UPDATE March 31, pm: Demolition of the Burley Griffin Way railway overpass bridge at Wallendbeen is almost complete and trains resumed operations on Wednesday night. A NSW Transport spokesperson said the Sydney-Melbourne XPT service was scheduled to run tonight (Wednesday) after remaining debris, signal testing and the all clear was given. Concerns that the planned journey of the 3801 heritage...
Coota’s cutting-edge shade canopies a leading light
Community
Love 'em or hate 'em, an element of Cootamundra’s Parker Street beautification project is dividing opinions in the regional town, but one thing the residents can all agree upon – they’ll be a talking point for generations to come. Urban canopies are quite the thing when it comes to international landscape design, especially in the public arena. Various incarnations can be...
3801 locomotive back on track to steam south
Community
Train buffs looking to jump aboard the newly launched 3801 locomotive will have the opportunity next month when it heads deep into the South West Slopes of NSW. Even people who are not aficionados of arguably Australia's most famous steam locomotive – pronounced 'thirty-eight oh-one' – should check her out, all green and shiny having emerged from a 12-year rebuild....
Railway bridge closure impedes flow of vital produce to market
News
If you were thinking of skipping over to Griffith or further west for Easter, it may pay to add half an hour to your travel plans now that Burley Griffin Way, between the Olympic Highway at Wallendbeen and Milvale Road at Temora, has been closed to all traffic. This is what heavy transport companies are doing to ensure produce from...
Farewell for Harden-Murrumburrah couple with health at their heart
Health & Wellbeing
Harden Health Service has farewelled two much-loved and active members of its Local Health Advisory Committee (LHAC) who have retired after many years of service to the community. There’s little doubt the efforts, counsel and vocal campaigning of health advocates John and Carol Ford will be sorely missed as they step down from the local committee. Both joined LHAC in...
Urgent action needed as plague proportions of mice head south
News
A plague of mice continues to surge across the state with reports they are now rising in numbers in the southern part of NSW and the ACT just as farmers prepare to sow their cereal crops. Mouse populations have spiked over the past 12 months as the farming regions on the eastern seaboard have benefited from solid rainfall, leading to...
First staff vaccinated ahead of rollout across the region
News
Medical clinics across the region are bracing themselves for an onslaught of bookings with Phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout scheduled to commence in general practice next week. The announcement of the second phase of the national scheme follows the first health care workers from the Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations on Monday, 15 March....
Nature’s hairy little weed not quite what we think
Environment
This past summer of good, frequent rain and warm conditions has resulted in infinite oceans of weeds across regional southern NSW, which is managed by a constant schedule of spraying on farms, in gardens and throughout towns. But there is a weed that can get away, and when it does, it produces a seed head that, given the chance, attaches...
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