About Us

Having spent 24 years in regional radio, in 2016 Ian Campbell launched About Regional, a new place for the stories of South East NSW.

“This is where I have spent half my career, where I am helping raise a family, it’s a place I care about,” Ian says.

South East NSW sits between the snow of Thredbo, Jindabyne and Cooma and the sand of Batemans Bay, Narooma, and Eden.

It’s a quiet place and sits off the radar. It’s a region of many small communities, Batemans Bay is the biggest town with around 16 000 people.

Each town has a colour, feel, and set of skills of its own, and while proudly independent each community is connected and interested in the next.

About Regional aims to be the glue – a place where people can talk, share, celebrate and advocate for this great place we call home.

“My time in radio, most recently as manager and breakfast presenter of ABC South East, has built a passion for regional communities and a desire to see them thrive,” Ian says.

“An engaged local media is a necessary part of that, About Regional is now in the mix for South East NSW.”

About Regional covers online, social media, podcast and video platforms, and live events – a true celebration of the colour and perspective of country people.

In 2018, About Regional became part of the RiotACT media group based in Canberra.

“I am excited that the stories of South East NSW now have a direct link to the ACT, this will take About Regional and my work to a new level,” Ian says.

About RiotACT Media Group

The RiotACT Media Group incorporates:

  • RiotACT – A place for news, opinion and analysis across the Canberra region. More than one in three Canberrans visit the RiotACT site at least once per month – an audience of 230,000+ unique monthly website visitors.
  • About Regional – A new place for the stories of South East NSW.
  • This Is Canberra – A culinary and cultural journal for the nation’s capital.
  • B2B Magazine – Canberra’s premier business forum.
  • Canberra Day Trips – Comprehensive coverage of day trips, overnighters, and weekenders within 2.5 hours of Canberra.
  • Canberra Gig Guide – Your ultimate guide to upcoming live gigs and other awesome music events in and arround Canberra.

As a group, RiotACT platforms command the attention of 65,000+ Facebook followers, 11,000+ Twitter followers, and 10,000+ Instagram followers.

Our people:

Michael McGoogan, Co-owner/Director

A homegrown technology prodigy, Michael founded what would become one of Australia’s largest cloud service providers, UberGlobal, in his Rivett bedroom when he was just 14. Few of his early clients knew they were dealing with a Year 8 student who took support calls during classes at Melrose High.

By the time Michael was 27, UberGlobal’s customer base had reached 130,000+ and Melbourne IT had come calling. They acquired the business for $15.5 million in April 2015.

Michael is a business builder and investor who helps online companies manage growth, drive revenue and stay profitable.

Michael and Tim White purchased RiotACT in 2016.

There is much more to Michael’s story, check it out HERE.

Tim White, Co-owner/Director

Canberra-born, Kambah-raised tech entrepreneur Tim White was one of the driving forces behind real estate platform Allhomes.

Tim was CEO of Allhomes from 2007-2016. While Tim was at the helm, the number of listings on the site grew from 5,000 to 430,000. Page views rose from 10,000 per day to 2 million per day, and revenue grew at an annual rate of 35 per cent. Allhomes became one of the most trusted and iconic brands in the Canberra region.

Allhomes was acquired by Fairfax Media in 2014 for $50 million.

Inspired by his young family, Tim is a passionate advocate for life in the capital. Read more of his story HERE.

Genevieve Jacobs, Group Editor

Genevieve Jacobs has been a journalist for 30 years, working in print and radio. Her career began with rural newspapers on the South West Slopes, she has freelanced for national magazines and spent a decade with ABC Radio Canberra. She works with a wide range of Canberra organisations including the Tara Costigan Foundation, and Gift of Life ACT, sits on the ACT’s advisory committee for Historic Places and the boards of the National Folk Festival, Canberra International Music Festival, M16 artspace and the Conflict Resolution Service.
Genevieve has an enduring interest in building community, and creating discussions that include us all. And she still loves nothing better than a good yarn.

Ian Bushnell, News Director

Ian “Bushy” Bushnell is a career journalist and a former News Editor and Chief of Reporting staff at The Canberra Times, where he was at the centre of some of the capital’s biggest stories.

A Canberra resident since 1995, he and his partner have raised three children here and takes a keen interest in politics, urban development, health, education and sustainability issues.

He enjoys the ACT’s bush environment and its rich cultural offerings including music, theatre and sport, and a good bottle of red.

Tim Gavel, Contributing Editor

Sports commentator with ABC Grandstand since 1988 calling a range of sports including NRL, Super Rugby, Wallabies, Rowing World Cups, Rugby World Cups, Socceroos, Matildas, Opals, Boomers, WNBL, NBL, International Netball, Men’s and Women’s one day international cricket, Big Bash, World Volleyball League for Fox Sports, Rowing World Cup and National Championships for Fox Sports and the 2000 Paralympics.

Lachlan Roberts, Journalist

Lachlan’s flair for sports coverage in and around Canberra adds terrific depth to the communities we serve and the RiotACT team.

This Canberra born and bred journalist sits on a big variety of sidelines, keen to reflect the depth of local and regional sport in our coverage area.

When he isn’t cheering on the Raiders, Liverpool, or Essendon, Lachlan loves to investigate, write, listen and analyse.

Ruwendi “Wendy” Wakwella, Sub-Editor

A native of Sri Lanka, Wendy brings a big world view to the RiotACT team.

She has worked in Sri Lanka as a freelance journalist in the field, writing with passion about the plight of women in post-conflict zones.

Wendy is a current postgraduate student at the Australian National University, studying Diplomacy, which builds on her three years in the not-for-profit sector specialising in policy research and advocacy.

Daniella Jukic, Account Executive

Daniella is a motivated senior communications professional with ten years experience working across social media, media and public relations.

She possesses extensive experience in developing highly-engaging social media communication plans, including the supporting marketing collateral such as photography and videos.

Contributors

Our full-time team is supported by an increasing diversity of regular contributors.

This depth of talent adds a dynamic to our coverage of Canberra and the surrounding region that is unique and insightful.

Meet our contributors HERE.

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