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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‘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...
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
Community
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
News
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...
New Hilltops GM Anthony O’Reilly appointed from Eurobodalla
Community
Hilltops Council, spanning Young, Harden and Boorowa, will have a new general manager following the appointment of Anthony O’Reilly, who is moving on from his role as Director of Corporate and Commercial Services at Eurobodalla Shire Council. According to Mayor Brian Ingram, the decision was made at the council’s first ordinary meeting for 2020, held last week at Young Council...
Ellie’s mental health message laid bare in the Hilltops
Health & Wellbeing
At the ripe old age of 23, Young’s Ellie Burstal has seen more than her fair share of naked butts. She’d laugh if she read this. Her parents, both farmers, would look at each other and chuckle. But this modest young woman was just named Young’s 2020 Junior Citizen of the Year because she dared to step outside the norm...
Hilltops locals recognised for community contributions
Community
Australia Day took on special meaning for a handful of citizens from the Hilltops region who were recognised for their individual contributions to the community. Hilltops – which takes in the towns of Young, Harden-Murrumburrah and Boorowa – held numerous ceremonies throughout the day, all of them with their special touch of Australia. Young’s mayor Brian Ingram welcomed the hundred...
Inside an evacuation: Batlow nursing home residents and their “holiday” in Cootamundra
Community
They might feel like they’ve been away on a holiday, but right now some of Batlow’s older residents are pretty happy to be home. As fires swooped in on their small town in early January, 17 aged care residents from the 24 bed Batlow-Adelong Multi-Purpose Service (MPS) were swiftly evacuated as the town’s other 1300 residents were also ordered to...
Snowy Valleys mayor counts cost of fires across orchards, farms, timber and tourism
Community
Ordinarily, Snowy Valleys Council mayor James Hayes wouldn’t be poring over the pages of Argentine daily newspaper La Nación. For one, he can’t speak or read Spanish. But last week, there he was, in the national newspaper (headlining the news above a story about actor Joaquin Phoenix), after speaking with one of their reporters about the bushfires in his neck of...
Facing down the mountain fires, and the future, in Tumbarumba
Community
It’d take an emergency to get Johnny Blake to leave his home town of Tumbarumba, but that he did on 5 January as two enormous bushfires started closing in on them like a vice, giving him and his sister Lorraine no choice but to bail. They weren’t alone. Ten other members of their family – all forever locals – joined...
Hilltops Council mayoral fund focused on fire recovery
Community
Hilltops Mayor Brian Ingram has told About Regional that he is proud of the efforts of people in the Hilltops region – which includes Boorowa, Harden, Young and Jugiong - in supporting communities devastated by fires in recent weeks. “It’s a sign of a good community when volunteers come out and put whatever they are doing to one side to...
Fire sparks generous donations from South West Slopes communities
Community
The fires gripping the region have sparked an overwhelming show of support from individuals and businesses in Young, none more so than the town’s local supermarket. As bushfires gained momentum throughout NSW last week so too did local social media murmurings about assistance. It was Robert Donges and his family, owners of Donges Supa IGA, who were among the first...
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