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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The story of ‘The Magpie Lady’ and the buttons that became her legacy
Arts & Culture
Jackie Fox was a prolific button collector. In her hometown of Cooma she was known affectionately as The Magpie Lady –  a nickname that has led her family to wear magpie pins on special occasions in her memory. One such occasion was the recent opening of a small new building amid natural bushland in Glenroy Heritage Reserve, outside Tumbarumba. The...
Southern Blowering opens, state forest fire bans lifted in Riverina ahead of Easter
Environment
It took 28 months to turn the corner but from today cars can return to the southern end of Blowering Dam, just in time for Easter. From Thursday (14 April) visitors and residents can also access between Batlow and Talbingo, Forestry NSW stewardship and fire manager Charlie Taylor said. Millions of dollars have been spent repatriating the popular recreational reserve...
Woman killed, two people injured in crash near Talbingo
News
A crash near Talbingo in the state’s alpine region has claimed the life of a woman and injured a man and a child. Emergency services were called to the Snowy Mountains Highway 20km south-east of Talbingo, about 2 pm on Monday (11 April), after reports of a crash involving a truck and a car. Officers attached to Riverina Police District...
Design for permanent road-rail bridge at Wallendbeen finalised
News
The final design for a new permanent bridge at Wallendbeen has been completed and construction is expected to begin later this year. This is welcome news for local residents, Riverina transport operators and tourists who were forced to divert for months after a wet weather event severely damaged the original road-over-rail bridge in March last year. While rail traffic was temporarily affected,...
Daughter of Hilltops coffee family turns her hand to tea
Food & Wine
If you've lived in Young, Grenfell or anywhere in between, you’d be forgiven for assuming Sienna Capra would gulp her way through mountainous cups of coffee as she churned through her schoolwork during 2020 isolation. The Capra coffee brand Art of Espresso is synonymous with blends of coffee and an ultra-cool café of that name in Young. The Art of...
Learning about Wiradjuri country reaches schools
Arts & Culture
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this story contains names and images of deceased persons. The knowledge and culture that runs deep through Wiradjuri country are ancient, but learning about the Indigenous culture has taken a painstakingly long detour on its journey to the classroom. The Hilltops region has taken one giant step toward bridging...
Family of missing teen Niamh Maye launch website, podcast
Community
A case that has baffled police and the communities of Gundagai, Tumut and Batlow for 20 years has been thrust back into the spotlight by a family who just want closure. Twenty years after the disappearance of 18-year-old Armidale woman Niamh Maye, her family has renewed calls for information through two new channels they hope will reach a larger international...
Roald Dahl to fire up imaginations at Tumut’s Montreal Theatre
Arts & Culture
Despite his death in 1990, British author Roald Dahl lives on in the imagination of children around the world. These April school holidays, his wit and whimsy will come alive in Tumut. The town's historic and popular Montreal Community Theatre, together with the shake & stir theatre co, is presenting five days of frivolous fun with Dirty Beasts & Revolting...
New Wagga solar farm proposal unites concerned district farmers
Environment
Landowners east of Wagga Wagga are joining forces to safeguard valuable farmland and food security against the expansion of solar factories in the region. The Riverina Sustainable Food Alliance (RSFA) has been formed in response to the growing number of solar factories or “farms” being proposed for prime agricultural properties across the Wagga Wagga electorate. While alliance members acknowledge solar...
Firies and friends gather to memorialise fallen firefighter Samuel McPaul
Community
A memorial and avenue of honour have opened in Jingellic to commemorate NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) firefighter Samuel (Sam) McPaul, who was tragically killed during the 2019/20 Black Summer bushfires. On 30 December 2019, Sam was part of the firefighting cohort battling the Green Valley Talmalmo blaze in Jingellic, near the NSW-Victoria border, when fierce winds from the...
Wombat roadkill lowered by Wagga researcher’s virtual fences
Environment
Wombat roadkill can be a distressing sight, but a project to markedly reduce wombat deaths is underway in the Snowy Mountains region. The project involved a study exploring the use of “virtual fences” to conserve wombat populations and minimise road accidents, which took place along Old Bega Road near Glenbog State Forest, west of Bemboka. Charles Sturt University researcher Dr...
National award for Western Riverina feral pig eradication program
Environment
The Western Riverina Pest Project has been awarded a national Froggatt Award for delivering the largest feral pig control program in Australia. The annual awards, named in honour of the Australian entomologist who was a lone voice lobbying against the deliberate release of cane toads in the 1930s, recognises outstanding achievements in Australia’s fight against environmental weeds, diseases and pest animals....
Young resident Seryn Adams Cootamundra’s Woman of the Year
Community
A woman who has faced mental health challenges for most of her adult life has been recognised as the 2022 Cootamundra Electorate Woman of the Year for her outstanding work in suicide prevention. Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network (MPHN) employee and Young resident Seryn Adams said her lived experience charted her calling into the mental health arena, where she now works...
The story of Eric the Caterpillar continues to inspire students nationwide
Community
Eric the caterpillar who became a butterfly may have flown the coop, so to speak, but what’s still thriving is the influence his story has had on a generation of children. In the 12 or so days since Eric emerged from his chrysalis and fluttered off into the world, the Binalong home in which Eric was raised has become something...
Mikayla’s study involves spotlit night searches for ‘flying koalas’
Environment
The work of one Wagga student is helping to detect and protect a vulnerable population of Australia’s largest gliding mammal – Greater Gliders - in southern NSW. “Some people will refer to them as ‘flying koalas’ due to their large fluffy ears, eucalypt diet and gliding capabilities,” Charles Sturt University (CSU) student Mikayla Green said. Her research sometimes has her...
The Harbour Bridge, the New Guard and a solicitor from Young who was ‘Fascist to my fingertips’
Community
What could possibly go wrong at the March 19, 1932, opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and what has a solicitor from Young, later, a shire president, and a secretive paramilitary force got to do with it? As the March 19 celebrations of the 90th year of Sydney Harbour Bridge draw closer, there bubbles up the story of Eric Campbell,...
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