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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University app detects cattle-bloat cases in southern NSW
Science
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
Environment
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
News
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
Sport
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
Community
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
Environment
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
Community
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
Environment
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
Community
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...
Emerging artists engineer their own exhibition in a time of COVID-19
Arts & Culture
An enterprising group of emerging country artists have decided that if art galleries and exhibitions are out of their reach for now, they’ll set up their own. The prolonged COVID-19 pandemic has been a mixed blessing for these youngbloods, most who are fresh out of uni with the struggle of artistry forcing them from the city and back to the...
CSIRO warns of another plague of mice
Environment
With the weather steadily warming to spring, moderate to high numbers of mice in NSW have triggered warnings about the potential onset of another mouse plague come springtime. Researchers are saying the numbers they are already seeing this early in the state's north, west and central west are a serious concern with lots of food, cover and moisture creating a...
CRV walks away from reopening Harden aged care facility
Community
Cowra Retirement Village (CRV) has been unable to secure federal government funding to assist in its purchase of the St Lawrence Aged Care facility in Harden. Approval of their application for an undisclosed sum of money under the Federal Government’s Aged Care Approval Round (ACAR) grant would have ensured the 45-bed facility could have reopened. But CRV says they have no...
Canberra couple win epic white wedding in nation’s Red Centre
Community
The nation’s Red Centre will shimmer with a flourish of white amid burnouts, drag races, grass driving and street cruising - as well as a whole lot of show and shine next month when a Canberra couple celebrate a competition win with a difference. Car enthusiasts Bonnie and Joel Sykes nearly fell off their seats when told they were winners...
Survey reveals increasingly dissatisfied merged mountain community
Community
Up in the mountains of the Snowy Valleys, it must have, at times, felt like they’d been handed all of Revelations’ seven bowls, so mighty have some of the blows been to the communities there in recent years. But eternal drought, cataclysmic fires and prolonged plague aside, the political tornado of a forced local government merger still strongly underpins unease...
Experts say 1080 baiting campaigns an Aussie ecological disaster
Environment
Kosciuszko National Park’s long and slow post-fire convalescence may be under way, but the NSW Government’s actions in stemming wild dog populations to save recovering native wildlife is a case of baiting the hand that feeds it. This is according to researchers who, for at least two decades, have studied dingo populations throughout Australia. Snowy Mountains wilderness photographer Ian Brown...
Urgent call for feedback on intensive development of Kosciuszko National Park
Environment
An urgent call has gone out for ACT and NSW residents to pay attention to plans for intensive development in Kosciuszko National Park. The National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) and the Nature Conservation Council of NSW (NCC) are calling on members, supporters and the general public to join them in opposing the NSW Government’s proposals for a massive expansion...
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