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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Tumut residents welcome $10 million for disaster safe place
If you were looking for a safe port in any storm – Tumut Citizens Boys Club might be quite respectable. But there’s only so much space. And it certainly proved its worth when fires hit in the summer of 2019-2020 acting as one of two mountain evacuation centres for residents fleeing the towns, villages and farms of the Snowy Mountains....
The lessons learned in a place where lambs live forever
Throughout the past 10 years of their lives my niece and nephews have been regaled with stories of animals - mostly of the woolly variety - by me. It started with lambs - Pogo, Alfy, MooLoo, Tigger, Piglet, Geronimo, Fearless, Ollie and Alfie. Then Little Bear – after Bear Grills. And Gherkin – with his wrinkled nose – who, as...
Railway level crossing speeds reduced as safety e-petition closes
A Young woman’s campaign for stronger safety measures at level railway crossings has been reinforced through the reduction of speed limits for vehicular traffic using active crossings throughout southwest NSW. NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said previous speed limits of up to 110km/h will be reduced to a maximum of 80km/h to improve safety at active level crossings,...
ANU researchers find mainland mouse, thought to be extinct, off WA coast
As farmers, householders and retailers in southern NSW contend with an insidious plague of mice, researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) are celebrating the discovery of another type of mouse off the Australian mainland. An Australian mammal thought to have been entirely wiped out more than 150 years ago can now be crossed off our list of extinct animals,...
Locals claim Snowy Mountains construction causing terrible destruction
WARNING: Some images in this story may be confronting to readers. Having clocked hundreds of kilometres trekking the Snowy Mountains, Michelle Brown is bewildered brumby critics can justify their arguments as Snowy 2.0 decimates the very land they’re trying to save. “I’m seeing pristine tracts of land turned inside out as the construction continues” she said. "Yet we have the...
Queen’s Birthday honour for Cooma sheep man who’s all class
Breeders of stud sheep have a tradition of plying their classer with a sumptuous feast before an evening of stories that would leave children wide-eyed before bedtime. Sheep work was interspersed with a morning tea and lunch – the likes of which never appeared the other 364 days on the farm – before the special guest was waved off by...
No to bromadiolone isn’t a yes for mouse plague complacency
The rejection of a proposal to use bromadiolone to control NSW’s mouse plague by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinarian Medicines Authority (APVMA) has been met with relief by farmers and conservation groups. But the calm should not be replaced with complacency, says a leading ecologist. Charles Sturt University's Dr Maggie Watson said she and her peers are relieved at the APVMA decision not...
Largest ever pine crop heads for fire-razed hills
This week workers at Tumut's Blowering Nursery will farewell some of their wards as they are loaded on trucks bound for their next life as maturing trees in fire-impacted regions of NSW. The first of more than 9.1 million pine seedlings have started their journey to state forests from the Forestry Corporation of NSW’s nursery. It is the largest crop...
Rail safety petition passes 20,000 as CWA lends its support
The NSW Country Women's Association (CWA) has stepped in to reinforce the campaign by a Young nurse calling for urgent action on safety at all level crossings across the state. This news emerged last week after the CWA's annual conference in Bega passed a motion of urgency requesting the NSW Government to immediately commit to increasing safety measures at all...
Murrumbidgee’s failing river headwaters should not be forgotten
There’s a trickle of a stream meandering through Long Plain up in Kosciuszko National Park with a sign saying 'Murrumbidgee River'. Murrumbidgee is the Wiradjuri word for 'big water'. As you drive across the river – and you can – it’s nigh on impossible to reconcile that infant flow with its downstream maturation as Australia’s second longest river that eventually meets...
Construction begins on temporary bridge at Wallendbeen
Construction began today (21 June) on a temporary crossing bridge to replace an over-rail bridge at Wallendbeen, saving drivers a 40-minute detour. The replacement crossing on Burley Griffin Way at Wallendbeen was required after the existing 100-year-old overbridge was damaged by heavy rain in March, requiring immediate demolition. Burley Griffin Way has been closed to all traffic between Olympic Highway at...
Funds reinvigorate a range of rural projects
Australian Outward Bound’s Tharwa site is on the up and up thanks to a $22,367 grant set to provide a new lease on life to aged firefighting and maintenance equipment. The project is expected to improve the program’s preparedness for future disasters and is just one of over 100 projects throughout Australia to receive financial support from the Foundation for...
Barilaro supports call to delay council elections until demerger decision
The gauntlet has been thrown down by NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro, who has agreed the September 2021 NSW local government elections should be postponed until a decision on demerging Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council (CGRC) is made public. Mr Barilaro and Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke met with representatives from Gundagai Council in Exile (GCIE) last week and reiterated their personal...
Public donations kindle new facility for threatened platypus
In the wake of heightened concerns about the threatened status of the iconic platypus comes the news the species is to have a second dedicated rescue and rehabilitation facility in NSW. Thanks to plans by the Taronga Conservation Society Australia and RSPCA NSW, a new purpose-built facility will serve as a refuge for platypus requiring urgent care and respite at...
Plea for parliamentary petition signatures on level-crossing safety as deadline looms
While a report is being prepared for a coronial inquest into the deaths of two men at a railway crossing near Bribbaree in February 2021, the fiance of one of those killed is appealing to all NSW residents to support a petition for NSW Parliament. At around 5:00 pm on 23 February, Ethan Hunter, 27, and Mark Fenton, 50, were...
Is Cootamundra Airport the celebrity gateway to NSW?
Cootamundra Airport has come under the COVID-19 spotlight after reports it has played host to the second highest number of incoming private international flights to Australia in the past 12 months. Figures from aviation data and analytics firm Cirium, cited recently in The Sydney Morning Herald, showed that of the 113 private international flights arriving in Australia between 1 April,...