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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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...
Cycling Canberra to Dubbo for mental health
Community
If you’re out and about the South West Slopes this weekend, be aware of the scores of pedalling feet taking part in the Zoo2Zoo bike ride in aid of the Black Dog Institute. With an increase of 22 riders this year, they have already exceeded their fundraising goal of $100,000 and are now just focused on getting to Dubbo safely,...
New rail trail a timely salve for tourism
Community
Here’s an opportunity to take a walk on the wild side by heading up to the mountains for the opening of a highly anticipated rail trail which runs through the bush and lush green countryside from Tumbarumba to Rosewood. The 22-kilometre rail trail – the realisation of a long-held dream of the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail Committee – is...
Jasper’s Olympic race is taking flight on the snow
Sport
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
Community
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
Community
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
News
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
News
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
Community
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
Community
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
News
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...
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