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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Historic Batlow Memorial Park gates restored to honour war heroes
Community
It was like a treasure hunt, of sorts, in Batlow that had residents rummaging around in their sheds and backyards. Treasure that had not been sighted since the 1950s. But before we get to that, let’s head over to Europe, circa 2014, when Kevin and Jo Murrell were on the hunt for Kevin’s great-grandfather. This is a great-grandfather Kevin knew...
Meet the drovers a town adopted
Community
If you want to see community at its best, bring 400 head of cattle to Young and see what happens. Doors have opened, dinners have been cooked, cans of beer handed out, there’s also been the odd cake, bags of fruit, bread, a bucket of honey, even pizza delivered to Luke Morris and Nikita Hayes since they rode into the...
As COVID-19 cases rise across Southern NSW, authorities slam rumour-mongering
News
As a further three positive cases of COVID-19 are identified in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District, and six more in the Southern NSW LHD, there has been a plea not to listen to rumour-mongering about the disease. The new cases of COVID-19, located in Wagga Wagga and Greater Hume LGAs in southern NSW were confirmed yesterday, taking the MLHD total...
Positive COVID-19 cases jump from one to 10 in MLHD in three days, 12 in South East
News
There's been a tenfold increase of positive Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) in the past three days, with a further nine cases identified since Sunday night. In the Southern NSW Local Health District, covering the South East, Monaro, Tablelands and Coastal regions, there are now 12 confirmed cases after almost 1000 tests have been administered....
Regional COVID-19 cases rising on South Coast and in Murrumbidgee Health District
News
Regional coronavirus cases are beginning to proliferate across the Capital region and southern NSW as cases are confirmed in the Eurobodalla, Goulburn, Queanbeyan Palerang and Murrumbidgee districts. Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) has confirmed six cases of COVID-19 have been formally identified. These include: A Canberra man in his 60s who was recently overseas and on his return showed signs...
Batlow’s lone wildlife warrior
Community
When Wayne Dubois finishes work, he fuels and packs his tiny Subaru Brumby ute and sets off on a 50-kilometre round trip through charred forests to feed wildlife. Along the way, you’ll see him throwing apples out the window. “I figure if I chuck the apples into the forest as far as I can, they’ll feed animals I can’t reach,”...
Clogged pipes a pain for Hilltops council
News
There’s been an unfortunate side effect to the shortage of toilet paper in the Hilltops region. As supermarket staff stave off busloads of city shoppers who ride into our towns hell bent on raiding shelves for the necessities that residents are already lining up at dawn to buy, it seems shire-wide sewerage systems are now buckling under the pressure. Hilltops...
Cricketing captains commemorated
Sport
It might have been coronavirus everywhere else but last week in Cootamundra it was all about cricket. The town that revels in its cricketing greats - William Lloyd "Billy" Murdoch and Sir Donald "The Don" Bradman - has, over time, immortalised 42 Australian International Test XI captains along a sculpture-lined walk in Jubilee Park. Known as the Captains Walk, every test captain...
Gold strikes thrice at Muttama
News
Last week a little community that sprung from a reef of gold discovered in the 1860s was celebrating another gold strike – this time in the form of almost $60,000 from the NSW government. Muttama – a settlement which sits between Cootamundra and Coolac – like any small rural settlement, has suffered its fair share of blows. First came the...
Two to face court on weapons, drugs charges
News
Two people have been charged after weapons were allegedly located during a vehicle stop in the NSW south west slopes. About 11 pm Sunday officers from Riverina Police District were patrolling the Gundagai area when they stopped a blue Holden Commodore. Following a search of the vehicle, officers located a steel pole with a blade attached to its end concealed...
Yellow-lined road to redemption for fire affected-shire
News
If there was a rainbow for Snowy Valleys shire it would be paved with bitumen, adorned with yellow lines and lead all the way to Canberra. At either end lie pots of gold – one offers speedy access to the Snowy Mountains and south. The other offers a vital link to the massive economic trade and tourism opportunities of Canberra....
Man dies in car crash near Boorowa
News
A man has died in a car crash in the state’s south west. Shortly after 9 pm yesterday (Thursday, March 12) emergency services were called to the Lachlan Valley Way, Boorowa, following reports of a single vehicle crash. The green Holden station wagon was believed to be travelling in a northerly direction when it left the road and collided with...
New shed worth clucking about
News
The future of poultry showing at Bribbaree is assured with a new poultry shed in the pipeline out at the village’s showground. On Tuesday (March 10) Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke announced the Bribbaree Show Society would receive $110,000 to erect and fit out a purpose-built poultry shed under the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund. The funding announcement also...
Fallow times reflected in album, launch
What's On
If music heals the soul, there’s an event this weekend that is sure to bring medicinal value to the scorched Snowy Mountain ranges. And if there is a place in need of a salve it’s Tooma, 31 kilometres south of Tumbarumba – population 101 – and one place few people wanted to be in January. But Australian country music singer...
Driver charged over bus crash
News
A man has been charged following an investigation into a bus crash just outside Harden Murrumburrah last year. The eastbound coach, containing 28 adults and children, careered off Burley Griffin Way near Demondrille Creek Bridge, six kilometres north west of Harden Murrumburrah, around 8:15 am on September 27, 2019. The passengers, a church group from Griffith who had hired the...
Hilltops to celebrate Chinese heritage
What's On
March is the month the Hilltops Region comes alive to the colour, vibrancy and traditions of the Chinese culture when thousands gather in Young for the Lambing Flat Chinese Festival. An event that celebrates the contribution of the Chinese to Australia, the festival also ties into the town’s early gold rush days, circa 1860s, when Chinese miners came to the...
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