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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Police investigate fire that destroyed two Narooma shops
News
A crime scene has been established on Noorooma Crescent at Narooma where a women's clothing store, 4HER, and hair salon, The Hair Room, were destroyed by fire. According to NSW Police, emergency services were alerted to a building fire on Noorooma Crescent at about 7:45 pm last night (20 September). The buildings were well alight by the time emergency services...
‘I have people telling me I should end my life’: Love Island and Farmer Wants a Wife stars call out online bullies
Health & Wellbeing
Two years on from his appearance on Love Island and Canberra electrician Grant Crapp still receives death threats on Instagram. "To this day, I have people telling me I should end my life for what I've done to women, that I shouldn't be breathing," he told Region Media. "I had one yesterday that said they wished they could drag me behind...
Transport for NSW suspends Goulburn-Canberra coach service
News
Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman has assured disappointed commuters that the Goulburn to Canberra coach service has been suspended and not cancelled by Transport for NSW. The service that runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, leaving Goulburn at 9 am and departing from Canberra at 1.55 pm, will end on 30 September due to COVID-19. Only a handful of people were...
Truck driver dies in crash on Hume Highway near Yass
News
A man has died following a crash between two B-double trucks near Yass last night. About 10:15 pm, emergency services were called to the Hume Highway near Bowning after reports two trucks travelling south had crashed. One of the drivers died at the scene and is yet to be formally identified. Officers from the Hume Police District established a crime...
Farmer Wants a Wife: Snowy Mountains farmer’s second chance at love in 2021 season
Community
There's a new farmer looking for love and he lives two hours from Canberra. Farmer Rob - a 40-year-old sheep and cattle farmer from the beautiful Snowy Mountains in NSW - is hoping for a second shot at love and is in with a chance as one of the successful applicants for the 2021 season of Farmer Wants a Wife. The single father...
Fast charger puts Yass on the map for electric vehicle drivers
News
Yass is now on the map for electric vehicle drivers after the universal NRMA fast charger was unveiled in the Meehan Street car park, behind Banjo Paterson Park on Monday, 8 September. Yass Valley Council hopes the charger will bring additional dollars to the town as people spend money in cafes, restaurants and shops while they charge their vehicles. The...
RFS supports two-year jail sentence for South Coast man who lit Deua River Valley bushfire
News
The Rural Fire Service (RFS) has supported the two-year prison sentence handed down to a NSW South Coast man who lit a fire on Boxing Day 2019 that burnt thousands of hectares. Christopher Paul McMahon was sentenced on Friday, 11 September, for an illegal hazard reduction in Deua River Valley which spread and joined the Clyde Mountain bushfire, adding pressure...
Asbestos delays reopening of Goulburn’s outdoor pool, closes skate park
News
The reopening of the outdoor pool at Goulburn Aquatic and Leisure Centre has been delayed by three weeks after construction workers uncovered asbestos during the demolition of the indoor pool as part of the site's redevelopment. The adjacent skate park will also be closed for three weeks. Goulburn Mulwaree Council hopes to have the outdoor pool and skate park open...
Work to begin on ‘key link’ between Mogo and coastal areas
News
Work on the first stage of a three-year project to upgrade Tomakin Road in the Eurobodalla Shire will begin soon. The first stage will improve the safety, drainage and property access along 1.4km of the road, east of Dunns Creek Road. Eurobodalla Shire Council’s director of infrastructure, Warren Sharpe, said the safety upgrade was identified as a priority due to...
Dragon Dreaming Festival granted three-year approval despite police objection
News
Organisers of an annual music, arts and lifestyle festival on the edge of Burrinjuck Dam in Wee Jasper say their event is safe despite objections from NSW Police. Yass Valley Council has given Dragon Dreaming Festival the go-ahead between 2021 and 2023 with entry to 4500 patrons, nearly double the ticket holders who attended back in 2014. The organisers asked...
Farmers struggle to secure contractors for ‘bumper’ harvest
News
Crop farmers are celebrating a bumper season in southeast NSW, but worry there won't be enough workers during harvest. Andrew Daley said he's never seen so much growth during winter in his 14 years as an agronomist, covering from West Wyalong to Goulburn, down to Wagga Wagga and up to Cowra. "We've had a mild winter with very few big...
Stephen Gard’s fourth volume of Once Upon a Hume rediscovers bygone heroines
Arts & Culture
Stephen Gard reveals the tales and tragedies of bygone heroines who once lived along the Old Hume Highway, from Yass to Bookham, and Bowning to Jugiong, in the latest volume of his book, Once Upon a Hume. The latest volume is the fourth in the series that travels the old highway – once known as the Great South Road – from person to...
Updated: Family organises low-key ceremony for shark attack victim Nick Slater
News
Updated 12:00 pm, 14 September 2020: Former Canberra real estate agent Nick Slater, who died from a fatal shark bite at the popular Greenmount Beach on the Gold Coast on 8 September, will be cremated in a low-key ceremony. A close friend, Sean Minto, said Mr Slater's parents had decided against a funeral at this time. Meanwhile, surfers in Newcastle...
‘Will be sorely missed’: Collector Village Pumpkin Festival shut down by COVID-19 pandemic
News
One of the biggest events in the Southern Tablelands has been permanently cancelled. The Collector Village Pumpkin Festival Committee made the decision with heavy hearts to retire the event at its meeting on Friday (4 September). Uncertainty around COVID-19 restrictions made planning for next year’s festival and future festivals almost impossible, the committee said. Festival committee president Gary Poile said...
‘It’s troubling’: Parliamentary inquiry could recommend against Wyangala Dam wall raising
Environment
Preliminary work is scheduled to begin this year on the $650 million wall raising at Wyangala Dam, in the NSW South West Slopes, without planning approvals and during a parliamentary inquiry that could delay the project. Reflections Holiday Park, on the dam's edge, will be relocated in preparation for when the water rises, affecting dozens of cabin and site owners....
Motorcyclist dies in single-vehicle crash on South Coast
News
A 28-year-old man has died following a single-vehicle crash on the South Coast at the weekend. About 4 pm on Saturday, 5 September, emergency services were called to Misons Road, Bimbimbie, about 15km south of Batemans Bay, after reports of a single-vehicle crash. Police were told the rider was ejected from the motorcycle and sustained serious head injuries. He was...
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