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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Yass puppy reunited with owner 280km away
Speck, the one-year-old cattle dog cross from Yass, is back with her owner after quite a road trip. She was found on Wednesday, 2 December, in a Sydney car park after disappearing earlier that day from her home 280km away. Police had been alerted to reports of a distressed dog inside a Toyota RAV4 in a car park on Elizabeth Street,...
South Coast parks remain closed ahead of summer influx
As summer heats up, national parks in NSW are preparing for a busier season than usual and expect visitors to boost regional economies during their stay. However, only wildlife will be on the move in many national parks on the NSW South Coast and some further inland where 40 per cent remain closed due to bushfire and flood damage. Clyde...
Aussie Backyard Bird Count paints a sky of rainbows in NSW
Australia's iconic rainbow lorikeet, noisy miner and sulphur-crested cockatoo have held onto their top spots as the most commonly sighted birds in NSW. These birds were sighted by thousands of people who took part in the 2020 Aussie Backyard Bird Count. READ ALSO: Seventeen bushwalkers rescued from Bungonia National Park Nationally, more than 108,000 people spotted a record-breaking 4.6 million birds –...
Hume and Hovell walking track receives $1.5 million boost
The historic Hume and Hovell Track between Yass and Albury will receive major upgrades during the next two years with the assistance of $1.5 million in funding from the NSW Government. The funding will allow for the replacement of 15 pedestrian bridges, new galvanised steel steps at 30 fence crossings, the regeneration of lookouts, new camping huts, upgraded track markers, visitor...
Storm damages homes, brings down trees and cuts power in southern NSW
A house in Binda has lost half its roof while other homes in Goulburn and Crookwell lost windows and chimneys during a 30-minute storm that felt more like a mini-tornado on the evening of Tuesday, 1 December. Thousands of homes and businesses in the Upper Lachlan Shire and Goulburn Mulwaree areas were left without power – including service stations that couldn't...
Bushfire outlook: NSW and ACT at risk of fast-moving grassfires
People living in the Southern and Central Tablelands of NSW and parts of the ACT should be on high alert for grass and crop fires this summer, experts warn. The Bushfire & Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre's (BNHCRC) latest bushfire outlook predicts above-normal fire conditions for large parts of NSW, particularly west of the Great Dividing Range, as well as...
‘One road fatality is one too many’: Work begins on Olympic and Sturt highways
Two highways that claimed the lives of at least three people and caused multiple crashes in southeast NSW in the past year are finally receiving safety upgrades from the NSW Government. A mass rollout of rumble strips along the Olympic Highway and Sturt Highway began on 26 November to improve safety for thousands of road users. Rumble strips are partially raised...
Seventeen bushwalkers rescued from Bungonia National Park
What began as a rescue mission to retrieve a fallen bushwalker on Saturday afternoon ended up as a major operation to safely return at least 17 bushwalkers who had run out of water and supplies as the temperature reached 35 degrees in Bungonia National Park. The 32-year-old woman, about whom emergency services had first received a call for, had fallen...
SAS Australia season two to return in 2021, but where?
Those of us who waited on the edge of our seats for new episodes of SAS Australia each Monday and Tuesday evening will be wondering what to do now that the show has ended. The good news is the Seven Network has confirmed its popular military style reality television show will be back. Filming of season two is on track to...
Moruya’s market is overflowing with produce, but where are the buyers?
They survived the bushfires and the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic – even running an e-market that allowed locals to order fresh produce to their door. However, Moruya’s SAGE Farmers Market is missing the usual flurry of customers this November, leaving organisers scratching their heads. Stuart Whitelaw, one of the market's founders, says this lull couldn't have come at a worse...
Scholarship opens to STEM students to help rural industries grow
An agriculture scholarship has opened to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) undergraduates in a bid to attract a broader range of qualified people to rural industries. Australian agriculture is set to become a $100 billion industry by 2030 and will need people from a wide range of fields and expertise in order to grow. The AgriFutures Australia Horizon Scholarship...
Bega Cheese buys Lion Dairy & Drinks for $534 million
Bega Cheese is reaffirming its position as one of the largest dairy producers in Australia, confirming on Thursday, 26 November, that it intends to buy Lion Dairy & Drinks for $534 million. The acquisition will increase Bega Cheese's annual milk intake from 955 million litres to 1.7 billion litres and expand the business into milk-based beverages, yoghurts, cream and custard....
Crookwell doctor awarded for 50 years of service to rural healthcare
He delivered half of the town's babies, saved countless lives and held the hands of many as they passed away. Now the Rural Doctors Association of NSW (RDANSW) has presented Dr Ramaswamy Thangavelu (Dr Velu), aged 86, with the Bill Hunter Award for providing rural healthcare to the Crookwell community for 50 years. The Bill Hunter Award is granted for exceptional service by a...
Watch: Hundreds paddle out to fight the Batemans Marine Park rezoning
More than 300 people paddled into the water at Bar Beach in Narooma on Saturday (21 November) to peacefully protest the rezoning of the Batemans Marine Park. The Save Batemans Sanctuaries environmental group claims it was one of the biggest community gatherings of its kind in the Eurobodalla region for years. READ ALSO: $5.25 million walking trail to link Batehaven...
The day my phone rang and he said, ‘I’ve been in an accident’
Health & Wellbeing
On 10 June, I got the call every partner dreads. “I’ve been in an accident,” said Will. Then the call cut out. Mobile signal is patchy at the best of times on our remote property at Bigga, NSW, about two hours north of Canberra. Will, a farmer, wasn’t calling from the back of an ambulance or hospital, he was calling from...
Southern NSW records 35 straight days of no new COVID-19 cases
The Southern NSW Local Health District has gone five weeks without recording a locally acquired COVID-19 case. The area is home to about 200,000 residents and includes Batemans Bay, Bega, Bombala, Braidwood, Cooma, Crookwell, Delegate, Goulburn, Moruya, Pambula, Queanbeyan and Yass. The last locally acquired case was on 19 October in Goulburn. READ ALSO: Batemans Bay Hospital nurse a finalist...