About Hannah Sparks

Hannah Sparks is a regional journalist based in the Southern Tablelands of NSW. She has eight years of experience reporting stories for print and broadcast media including Fairfax Media and ABC Canberra. Home was originally a farm in Devon, UK, where she studied a Bachelor of Journalism.

Today, she writes from a wool farm in the Tablelands where she lives with her partner and their many dogs.

Hannah is passionate about providing regional communities with a voice and always has time for a cuppa and a yarn.

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Batlow man accused of biting and punching a police officer
News
A 21-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer at a house in Batlow over the weekend. The male senior constable was called to the house around 2:30 pm on Saturday 6 March. However, as he was leaving the house, the 21-year-old man allegedly hit the officer in the head with an unknown object and punched him...
National Sheep Dog Championships sniff out 82-year-old trialist
What's On
Cricket may have Don Bradman and tennis may have Roger Federer, but the National Sheep Dog Trial Championships at Hall, near Canberra, have 82-year-old eminent trialist Charlie Cover. Every day he works his seven border collies on a mob of 25 sheep at home – a 12-acre block just outside of Yass. “I have a saying that I own 12 acres,...
New gift card raises hopes that Goulburn residents will shop locally
News
After a shocking year for retail during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Goulburn Chamber of Commerce, Goulburn Mulwaree Council and Regional Development Australia Southern Inland are launching a gift card to encourage more people to shop locally. Purchasers will be able to top-up the 'Shop 2580' gift cards with $10 to $1000, which can be spent in stores in Goulburn and...
Married at First Sight’s Samantha Harvey reveals she’s still wearing her wedding ring
Arts & Culture
Canberra's Samantha Harvey has quickly become a favourite on Nine Network's latest season of Married at First Sight, not only because of drama with reality television husband Cameron Dunne, but also for her strong nature and ability to tell it like it is. The 31-year-old single mother entered the show for a second chance at love after being cheated on by her...
New survey reveals half of Bega Valley businesses could collapse in 2021
Business
Half of Bega Valley's businesses say they lack confidence in the viability of their operations in 2021, following two hellish summers of bushfires, and hard border closures due to COVID-19. This worrying statistic stems from an online survey of 177 businesses in the popular coastal tourist destination during the Victorian border closure between 31 December, 2020, and 11 January, 2021....
Helicopter rides and a reptile kingdom to draw crowds to Goulburn Show
What's On
If helicopter rides and a reptile kingdom, plus sideshow alley rides, roaming clown performances and popular pig races, can't tempt you to this weekend's 141st Goulburn Show on 6-7 March, perhaps the jam-packed pavilions will. For the first time in 10 years, the agricultural show will have a sheep competition – with 100 heavy wool and meat breeds already entered – alongside cattle, goats,...
You muddy beauty: How Sydney entertainment A-listers built in the bush, brick by brick
Community
At the end of a maddening week, as husband and wife, Richard Glover and Debra Oswald, shake off the three-hour drive from Sydney, they pause for a moment and marvel at the fact their Wombeyan Caves weekender is still standing. The slightly sloping, very rocky bush block was purchased by the well-known ABC Radio presenter, the creator of the television...
Police confirm human remains found at Mollymook belong to Kenneth Klees
News
Police have confirmed that part of a torso found on Mollymook Beach on 26 February belongs to a man from Ingleburn in Sydney's west who was last seen in Kiama on 1 February. Until now, it was believed the remains belonged to an ACT man who went missing while snorkelling near Batemans Bay on 25 January or missing woman Melissa...
Yass Valley Council’s new office building estimated to cost $20 million
News
After more than six months of consideration, Yass Valley Council has settled on 209 Comur Street as the preferred location for its new civic precinct. Now the question is who will pay for it? Council's general manager, Chris Berry, estimates the precinct will cost $20 million in total. That's around $1170 per Yass Valley resident. The precinct will replace the...
Former prisoner who signed movie deal is back behind bars
News
Goulburn man Luke Moore, who was recently in the media for signing a podcast and movie deal about his 2015 prison experience, is back behind bars. The 33-year-old, who now lives in Nowra, was arrested by the Fixated Persons Unit on Thursday, 25 February, for allegedly making threats against a Goulburn police officer and NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller. Mr...
Police confirm human remains found on Mollymook Beach don’t belong to Melissa Caddick or the missing snorkeller
News
Police have confirmed that part of a torso found on Mollymook Beach on 26 February belongs to a man, but not the 39-year-old ACT father who went missing while snorkelling near Batemans Bay on 25 January. The new finding also rules out any connection to human remains found inside a running shoe on a beach in the Bega Valley on...
First COVID-19 vaccinations administered in Bega
News
Frontline health workers on the NSW South Coast began receiving the first COVID-19 vaccinations at South East Regional Hospital in Bega on Tuesday, 2 March. Staff from Liverpool Hospital have travelled to the South Coast to manage the outreach clinic for health workers located between Batemans Bay and Bega. Southern NSW Local Health District chief executive Margaret Bennett said it...
Yass youth hub opening is ‘a step in the right direction’
Community
A youth hub in Yass that provides young people with a safe space to hang out with qualified youth workers, counsellors and friends for a couple of hours is "a step in the right direction", according to a local councillor and mum. The Hangout will be open to 12-to-17-year-olds and operate at Zac's Place, a community building on the town's...
New human remains could belong to missing ACT snorkeller
News
NSW Police are trying to identify whether new human remains discovered on a South Coast beach belong to a missing snorkeller from Canberra. Part of a human torso was found on Mollymook Beach on Friday, 26 February, five days after a running shoe containing human remains was also discovered further down the coast on Bournda Beach in the Bega Valley....
Dugdell leaves defence to serve Yass Valley Council as infrastructure director
Community
Yass Valley Council’s new director of infrastructure and assets, James Dugdell, has vowed to roll up his sleeves on the dirty, smelly problem plaguing the region's town centre. Residents of Yass have poured brown drinking water, which often smells like chlorine, from their taps for the past 17 years and their patience is wearing thin. Yet it seems if anyone...
$120 million solar farm approved near ACT border despite community concerns
News
A four-year battle between Sutton residents and two renewable energy companies has ended with the conditional approval of a 100-megawatt solar farm located 3.5km north of the ACT border and 7km northwest of the NSW rural village. Renew Estate began an application for the $120 million Springdale Solar Farm in September 2017. However, RES Australia announced its acquisition of the...
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