About James Coleman

Even before he could actually drive, James Coleman and his brother started a hobby car magazine, and he has been waxing lyrical about all things cars and motoring ever since.

He is told repeatedly that he has a British accent, but Canberra is where he was born and bred. Although he and his family now live in Queanbeyan.

He loves - you guessed it - cars and driving, but also squeegee-ing windows for some reason.

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Braidwood’s 30-year skatepark wait almost over, but location raises some questions
Community
After more than 30 years of waiting, the Braidwood community is a step closer to its own skatepark. The Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) has approved the tender for the new skatepark at Braidwood Recreation Ground. Experienced skatepark builder Grind Projects will start construction in September and it’ll be ready for action by the end of the year. New mayor Kenrick Winchester...
There’s no escaping the highland views at the chalet-style Burwood Lodge
Property
'Burwood Lodge' at 231 Iona Park Road in Moss Vale isn't so much a house as a five-star ski-resort-style chalet. Timber-framed windows and sandstone fireplaces set the scene, while natural light floods in from every side and stunning highland countryside views are unmissable from every room. The 56-hectare property deep in the Southern Highlands has been on the market for a...
It’s a dream come true as Cooma opens its very own car museum
Motoring
Cooma's greatest claim to fame has long been the Snowy Hydro Scheme, one of the world's greatest civil engineering wonders, but competition has arrived: the Cooma Car Club Museum. The museum will open with a grand event on Saturday, 19 February, with a barbecue, speeches, a plaque unveiling by the club's oldest member and avid motorcycle enthusiast Ross Johnson, but most...
Nine things to do in the region this week (12-17 February)
What's On
One of the oldest agricultural events on the calendar returns this week. The annual Crookwell Show will have brought produce stalls and good old-fashioned woodchopping competitions to Crookwell 143 times after this weekend. Wannabe skaters can learn all the tricks for nothing in Bombala, while the Lake Jindabyne Snow Dragons are offering the public a chance to come along and...
‘The Gums’ replicates the allure of a traditional Highlands home
Property
'The Gums' has it all. Set on a tidy acreage in the Southern Highlands, not only are there stunning views all around, but there is no ignoring the charm-oozing design. This spectacular home at 66A Osborne Road in Burradoo - or as it has come to be known, 'The Gums' - is built to replicate the look and feel of...
Nine things to do in the region this week (4-10 February)
What's On
February is mountain biking season in the Snowy Mountains and two of Australia’s biggest mountain bike races are taking place in Thredbo this week. More dust will be kicked up in Goulburn as the annual rodeo comes to town. Old books will also be on sale at the Goulburn Scout Hall, and Nimmitabel is hosting a good old-fashioned produce show...
Everything you need to know about the upcoming Monaro and Bega by-elections
News
The federal election is fast approaching but two state by-elections in major electorates in NSW next week will provide an early indicator as to what voters are thinking. The regional electorates of Monaro and Bega are both heading to the polling booth on Saturday, 12 February. Monaro covers an area of 20,470 square kilometres and is dominated by Queanbeyan on...
Alpine country living for the whole family at its very best in Moonbah
Property
As you enter through the tree-lined driveway and into this stunning four-bedroom home, you are instantly met with a sense of calm and country elegance. Set on a spacious 13 acres of alpine countryside, 3 Mowamba Way in Moonbah is ready and waiting for the next family to enjoy. Henley Property real estate agent Michael Henley doesn't hold back, describing...
Nine things to do in the region this week (28 January – 3 February)
What's On
The big top has rolled into Batemans Bay this week, so expect the antics, music and animals that make up Hudsons Circus. Also on the South Coast, a 'wedding trail' gives prospective partners the chance to pick and choose from all the best vendors of the region to truly make it a day to remember, not just one to look...
Investigation ongoing into mysterious freight train derailment at Bethungra Spiral
News
An investigation is ongoing into why a 1400-metre freight train derailed while travelling along the Bethungra Rail Spiral in the early hours of Saturday, 15 January, 2022. Independent investigators have been onsite collecting evidence since three wagons on a Brisbane-bound freight train derailed between Bethungra and Frampton at approximately 3:40 am on Saturday. NSW Rural Fire Service and NSW Police were on the...
Nine things to do in the region this week (21-27 January)
What's On
This week's big event is Australia Day on Wednesday, 26 January, marked across the country by the whiff of barbecuing meat and beer. Awards and citizenship ceremonies will be taking place in townships across the region, and Governor-General David Hurley and his wife, Linda Hurley, will grace Crookwell Park with their presence for the day. But before that, the Eurobodalla...
$10 million worth of roadworks coming to Captains Flat Road
News
For years, regular commuters between Canberra and Queanbeyan, and the rural village of Captains Flat, have chipped their teeth and hurt their backs driving along Captains Flat Road. The 37-kilometre stretch of narrow and winding road is crumbling, riddled with potholes and prone to flooding in parts. Cars also have to compete with the regular school bus services and enormous...
I have one word for people complaining about noise at Wakefield Park Raceway: stop
Opinion
When asked the age-old question of whether I am a cat person or a dog person, without any hesitation, I pounce on 'cat'. Cats are evil. Winston Churchill once said they are the only animal that truly looks down on people. Conversely, I know that dogs look up to people, are loyal, and can bring you your paper in the...
Relax in the pool or get handy in the 11-car garage in your private Long Beach sanctuary
Property
It's injected with all the features that make up a dream home but for the current owners, it's now time to move on. The home at 3 Sanctuary Forest Place in Long Beach was built in 2016 and is three minutes from the golden sands of Long Beach or Maloneys Beach, 10 minutes from the bustling hub that is Batemans Bay,...
Charles Massy’s dragons tale spreads the word about conservation
Arts & Culture
"Beneath the western mountains, on the open plains of the high Monaro where the skies are blue and big, there lived a little dragon lizard." The Last Dragon covers the adventures of Timpo, a Grassland Earless Dragon lizard who embarks on a journey to discover if he is the last of his kind in the valley. Written by a prominent agricultural...
Kenrick Winchester dons the robes as new mayor of QPRC
News
Kenrick Winchester is the new mayor of the Queanbeyan-Palerang Shire, while Esma Livermore has been elected the deputy mayor after the new council's first meeting since the December election. The 11 councillors - nine of whom are sitting for the first time - cast their votes for the two positions last night (12 January), making Winchester the first new mayor...
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