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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Optimistic outlook for Southern Tablelands farmers
Recent rainfall has brought relief to Southern Tablelands farmers after years of drought. Grazier Dave Ward said the rain was enough to break the drought on his property at Bungonia near Goulburn. Spring Ponds received a soaking of 133.4mm in the first week of August, following 42.4mm in July. “I think it will be an unbelievable spring," said Mr Ward....
Enterprising girls on a mission to build business
If the number of businesses owned by women matched those owned by men, the economic opportunity for Australia would be worth between $71 and $135 billion, according to 2019 research by the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. With that in mind, the Canberra-based Academy for Enterprising Girls is on a mission to help girls aged 10 to 18 Australia-wide learn how...
$100 million package to upgrade regional police stations
A $100 million NSW Government package to upgrade or build new police stations in regional NSW will go some way towards clearing a multi-million dollar maintenance backlog. In southeast NSW, Goulburn, Queanbeyan, Bega, Jindabyne and Tathra will get new police stations, while Braidwood Police Station has been approved for an upgrade. Perisher and Thredbo will also get new small police...
Fireside Festival to reinvigorate wineries in Canberra District
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Canberra District wineries crushed by drought, bushfires and COVID-19 are hopeful the upcoming Fireside Festival, from 14-31 August, will deliver a much-needed boost for business. The festival will go ahead despite COVID-19 restrictions, with limited capacity at events and visitors required to book beforehand. Events open to large gatherings, such as the Fireside tasting market, have been cancelled. Vineyards, cellar...
Doctor urges whole town to mask up to prevent COVID-19 spread
A Crookwell doctor is on a mission to mask up her NSW regional town to prevent the spread of COVID-19 before cases spike. Dr Johanna Kovats has started the Mask Up Crookwell campaign with the support of the town’s four other doctors. They want everyone to consider wearing a face mask in the same way people practice hand washing, social...
Cracks force Crookwell to splash $5 million on pool as Goulburn renovates
Upper Lachlan Shire Council (ULS) has approved a new $5 million swimming complex in Crookwell after the existing pool failed to meet current safety and environmental standards, while Goulburn’s indoor heated pool will also be closed for redevelopment. Crookwell residents who campaigned for a new pool for more than 15 years have welcomed the news but wondered why the decision was...
Regional councils welcome new roads funding
The Canberra Region Joint Organisation (CRJO) says it is delivering on its goal to source more funding for important regional projects, including better roads. CRJO represents 10 councils in southeast NSW – including Yass Valley Shire Council, Goulburn Mulwaree Council and Upper Lachlan Shire Council – and provides a forum for them to work together at a regional level to identify shared...
‘Questacon of agriculture’ to entice next generation of farmers
Australian agriculture is set to become a $100 billion industry by 2030 and education will be critical to achieving that. Former farmer and councillor Jo Marshall has started a $38 million project to help entice the next generation into agriculture and show consumers where their food and fibre comes from. She is behind the proposed Australian Agricultural Centre (AAC), dubbed...
Oak Hill scarred trees back where they belong
Note: this story includes an image of a deceased Indigenous person.  Wendy Brown could feel the warm earth beneath her feet as she walked to Oak Hill Aboriginal Reserve in Yass, in the 1960s, to play with her nieces and nephews. Her sister, Dixie Byrne (nee Brown), was the last to live at the reserve with her family in their...
Freight and commuter connections key for new regional forum CEO
Fresh from a stint helping the NSW South Coast's bushfire recovery efforts, the Canberra Region Joint Organisation’s (CRJO) new chief executive officer has improvements in freight, tourism and commuter connections top of the agenda in her new role. Kalina Koloff will join the organisation that represents 10 councils in southeast NSW – including Yass Valley Shire Council, Goulburn Mulwaree Council and...