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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Jasper’s Olympic race is taking flight on the snow
It’s not just watching Jasper Cobcroft ski downhill that’s breathtaking, it’s the sound. The clattering of skis, rasping titanium whooshing against ice, peppered with airborne silence. It repeatedly decrescendos one kilometre down an obstructive 250-metre vertical drop in 70 seconds; a mother’s voice in the background says, “slow down, mate”. Jasper isn't showing signs of slowing down. Just two months...
Weekend festivities a windfall for fire-affected
From the dust came food, wine and frolic on 21-23 February in Tumbarumba as thousands of visitors from throughout Australia joined locals to celebrate everything the small mountain town has to offer. As sobering as the drive in may have been, with towering eucalypts, miles of pine forest and debris silently bearing the dark scars of the calamitous January bushfires,...
Farmers urged to report water theft and fraud to Rural Crime unit
Illegal hunting, trespassing, and theft of stock, produce and equipment from rural properties is usually the focus of the Southern NSW Police Rural Crime Prevention Team, but last week they set their sights on water. After several months undertaking damage assessments in fire-affected communities, the 17-strong team of investigators met last Thursday (20 February) in Goulburn for a debrief that...
Two charged with deliberately lighting fires
Two men have been charged following an investigation into a number of suspicious fires in the Goulburn area. Police will allege that between 19 November 2019 and 8 December 2019, seven fires were deliberately lit in the Ross Street, Tully Park, Brewer Street and Gorman Road areas of Goulburn. Officers from the Hume Police District established Strike Force Cloete to...
Demerger submissions greenlit for Boundaries Commission
Community efforts to demerge Snowy Valleys Council and Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council have been referred to the Local Government Boundaries Commission for formal assessment. The announcement was made on Tuesday (26 February) by the NSW Minister for Local Government, Shelley Hancock, who said she had directed the independent Boundaries Commission to hold a public enquiry as part of the process. The...
‘Fills my heart with joy’: March music showcase bings village together
We’ve had fire and rain but farmers in some parts of southern NSW are still praying for the clouds to deliver more. Some of those live in the tiny hamlet of Greenethorpe, just north of Young, and they’re getting up off their knees and are planning to tap their toes instead. Greenethorpe’s Soldiers Memorial Hall has become known for events...
NSW government funds safety upgrades for region’s roads
An infusion of state government funding is set to make roads safer in the Hilltops, Cootamundra-Gundagai, Weddin and Bland local government areas. Safety barriers, rumble strips and road shoulders are some of the measures geared to keep motorists safe with $3,114,959 allocated for five projects. The largest portion of funding, $1.06 million, will allow Bland Shire Council to install barriers,...
Rail line reopens after crash
The freight line between Stockinbingal and Parkes finally reopened at 8 pm last night following a collision between a train and truck near Bribbaree on Monday morning. Everything came to a standstill just outside Bribbaree around 7 am Monday morning when a semi-trailer - travelling north west on Mary Gilmore Way about two kilometres north east of Bribbaree Road...
NSW grant announced for Eurongilly war memorial facelift
Eurongilly might be a settlement tiny in numbers but at its heart it carries recognition of huge local sacrifice on its war memorial. In the beginning it was a pair of white wrought iron gates with four brick pillars that the parents of RJ (Jack) Cooper chose to memorialise their 22-year-old son, killed during World War Two. The gates served...
‘It was a roar like nothing I had ever heard’: The farm that survived fire
It’s the blessings that Beatrice and Tobias Koenig are counting as they reflect on the past fortnight at their small farm near Michelago. Out their window is a bare, charred view that will remind them for many years of that day in February 2020 when they faced off against a bushfire that came at them at the rate of 400...
‘It’s hard to be positive’: Mayor lets fly at merged council’s financial future
There’s only so much a mayor can take. As he was setting up display stands for this weekend’s Gundagai Show, Cr Abb McAlister made it clear he’s finding it hard to remain positive about the future of the Cootamundra Gundagai local government area. A straight-shooting Gundagai man to the core, Cr McAlister’s been in local government for years, 15 of...
Riverina and SW Slopes hospitals to welcome new blood with 85 nurses to join ranks
Best of Region
Hospitals throughout the Riverina and South West Slopes will get an injection of new blood this year as 85 nursing graduates prepare to join the staff ranks. One registered midwife and 52 registered nurses are set to start in the regional and rural hospitals this month, while a further 33 registered nurses will start in August 2020. In making the...
Broncs and bulls in a blaze of glory at Tumbarumba
Dust off those boots, chuck on a 10-gallon hat, the flanny, a bit of bling and scoot over to Tumbarumba for one heck of a bronc 'n bull riding time at the Blaze of Glory Rodeo on February 21. It’s a case of be there or be square because this one-of-a-kind event has been organised in conjunction with Tumbafest to...
SW Slopes residents invited to have their say on local healthcare
Health & Wellbeing
Time to express yourself about the health services in your town. The Murrumbidgee Local Health District is seeking feedback from the communities it services through the 2020 Community Survey, which has just been launched. This will be the third time the health service has undertaken a survey of this nature, with the first released in 2014 and the second conducted in...
Hilltops mayor’s eye is firmly on the (amalgamated) future
Arranged marriages were likely not figuring large in Brian Ingram’s mind when he first signed up to be a councillor. But the past four years may have seemed that way as he witnessed the somewhat reluctant merging of the three rural councils of Young, Harden and Boorowa to form Hilltops Council, with a population of 18,500 residents covering an area...
Tumbarumba fires up for festival with Kate Ceberano
What's On
If you like music, wine, food and a shady spot by the creek, there’s never been a better time to head to the hills to support fire-affected communities than the weekend of February 21 and 22. Yes, the mountains are calling and Tumbarumba is your destination where, for two days of the year, music lulls up to 5000 visitors into...