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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A stitch in time: how a family heirloom inspired a new generation of knitters
Best of Region
When Vanessa Bell inherited the baby blanket her great-grandmother knitted many years ago, she realised there was nothing else like it on the market. The heirloom had been used to keep her mother, uncle, brother, herself and now her and husband Philip's son, Charlie, warm. "It's slightly felted from wear and it's got a few rough marks, but it's in...
Farmer Wants a Wife: what can we learn from Andrew and Jess’s journey?
Opinion
It was time to pop open a bottle of Champagne on Wednesday, 21 July, as Andrew Guthrie from Delegate, NSW, found his happily ever after with Jess Nathan in the finale of Farmer Wants a Wife. The couple has been eager to celebrate with fans on social media, sharing photos and stories of their time together since filming of the...
Private gallery and studio on the hunt for artists near Crookwell
Arts & Culture
While many art galleries have been forced to close during the pandemic there is one defying the odds. Crookwell artist Margaret Wonson is proposing to open a new gallery in the town's main street in the NSW Southern Tablelands as a place to paint and support other artists. She was involved in opening the Wall Candy studio and gallery on...
St John’s Orphanage in Goulburn to be demolished
News
The owner of the historic St John's Orphanage at 52 Mundy Street in Goulburn has been ordered to demolish the main building and three outbuildings that have been severely damaged by fires since 2016. John Ferrara has 90 days to demolish the three outbuildings. Goulburn Mulwaree Council will discuss the timeframe for demolition of the main building, and preservation of...
Hot in the country: Stay in the original tailor shop on Crookwell’s thoroughfare
Best of Region
It’s hard to imagine how Elise Croker finds time between raising four children, working as a nurse at Crookwell District Hospital and helping her husband, Craig, on the farm. However, during the past 12 months, she has managed to wave her design wand over the town’s old tailor shop, transforming the 1890 building into a four-bedroom, two-bathroom Airbnb. Mister Munro,...
How the iconic tin candle put Quandialla on the map
Best of Region
The small country village of Quandialla, in the NSW Central West, is famous for its candles. They are the village's most searched for item on Google, before the school, pub and hospital. Quandialla Candle Company's success can be attributed to Sarah Ryan. But even though she was born near the village, she wasn't born into candlemaking. The former high school...
Watch: Rescued wombat Valencia shows off her joey to the world
News
A rescued wombat released into the wild paid her carers a surprise visit recently to show off her first joey. Valencia is named after Valencia Rise in Pambula, where she was found several years ago and was spotted by Cowsnest Wildlife Sanctuary volunteer Mark Fissenden. Mark was recently leaving pellets out for the sanctuary's kangaroos and Valencia scurried along to...
Lake George Mine and rustic homestead in Captains Flat for sale
Property
Would you live at the site of a former mine? History buffs, mine enthusiasts and renovation experts have all been vying for the chance to own the former Lake George Mine, about 35km from Canberra, according to Belle Property Queanbeyan agent Dominic Johns. 'Mikulov' at 5 Old Mines Road, Captains Flat, used to be one of the largest mines for base...
Politicians call for border communities to become Victorian green zones
News
Politicians are calling for the Victorian Government to make NSW border communities green zones in a bid to boost tourism to areas with no COVID-19 cases and where businesses are doing it tough. Member for Eden-Monaro Kristy McBain said it is important regional communities aren't tarred with the same brush as Greater Sydney. “The health and safety of everyone is...
Elderly man knocked to the ground by car thief in Moruya
News
An 83-year-old man was assaulted before having his car stolen on Vulcan Street in Moruya on Tuesday, 20 July. Emergency services attended the car park where the incident happened at around 2:00 pm. Police were told the elderly man was in the car park when he was approached by an unknown male who knocked him to the ground and stole...
Crookwell Memorial Oval building named after Hockeyroos star Emily Chalker
Community
Upper Lachlan Shire Council has named the new Crookwell Memorial Oval building after Hockeyroos player Emily Chalker. Ms Chalker grew up in Crookwell and the town has watched her hockey career progress with admiration. She was the youngest member of the Hockeyroos team to compete at the 2012 London Olympics and was on the team that won a gold medal...
Binda Public School’s nine students suit up as beekeepers
Community
Binda Public School's nine students suited up at the end of last year to establish a beehive on their bush block in the NSW Southern Tablelands village. Principal Diane Hickey said it is important for country kids to learn about the role bees play in the environment and to get hands-on experience with a different type of farming. "I thought...
Goulburn Hospital construction site reopens after COVID scare
News
Construction workers from areas in Sydney not under lockdown will be permitted to travel to work at the Goulburn Hospital expansion site, which reopened today (19 July). The construction site closed last week following news a worker from Sydney had tested positive after visiting the site on Friday (9 July). There was also a scare in the neighbouring town of...
Meet the residents of Australia’s most haunted house in Junee
Community
It's hard to imagine anyone wanting to live in Australia's most haunted house, but Monte Cristo Homestead in Junee hasn't scared away the Ryan family. Aged 90, owner and resident Olive Ryan has a lot of experience with the dead, yet her advice to visitors is to watch out for the living. It was her late husband Reginald's dream to...
Wakefield Park Raceway takes Goulburn Mulwaree Council to court over expansion
News
Wakefield Park Raceway has filed an appeal in the Land and Environment Court of NSW against Goulburn Mulwaree Council's decision in relation to its expansion plans. While the council technically approved the development application at its extraordinary meeting on Tuesday night (13 July), conditions imposed under the approval significantly reduce the number of days the raceway can operate each year....
After eight months, work starts on a new route around major landslide near Moruya
News
Eight months after a significant landslide at Knowles Creek on Araluen Road in Deua National Park, work has started on a new route that will give residents safe access to Moruya. The new route begins near Knowles Creek Bridge and avoids the landslide by heading through private land and state forest along the right-hand side of Araluen Road when heading...
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