About Contributor

Having spent 24 years in regional radio, most recently as Regional Content Manager and Breakfast Presenter at ABC South East, in 2016 Ian Campbell launched a new endeavour.

About Regional is a fresh platform for local stories, information and ideas.

Ian is keen to build on his passion for regional communities and his desire to see them thrive.

About Regional covers online, social media and podcast; a true celebration of the colour and perspective of country people.

Regularly Ian will approach regional people of standing, expertise and good humour to write for About Regional on specific issues.

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Bruce Pascoe “he inspires action” By Gabbie Stroud
I was lucky enough to have a few minutes alone with Bruce Pascoe before we flew from the Yuin Nation to the Bundjalung Nation where we would both be guests at the Byron Bay Writers Festival. Sitting in the makeshift terminal at Merimbula, Bruce told me how pleased he was to hear that Indigenous author Melissa Lucashenko had just won...
New local short film highlights ‘Book Love for Tathra’
How books make a house a home is the focus of a new film about recovering from the trauma of the Reedy Swamp, Vimy Ridge and Tathra Bushfire. The Book Love for Tathra film, partly funded by a Bega Valley Fire and Resilience Grant, tells the story of how more than 3000 new book donations have created positive and long-lasting...
Wop ba-ba lu-mop and wop bam boom at Lumen Christi, Pambula
Arts & Culture
Students and staff of Lumen Christi Catholic College at Pambula spent their school holidays in the last stages of rehearsal for their production of ‘Grease Jr’ which premieres tomorrow night - July 25. The cast of over 50 students and director, Emma Hibbert are looking forward to bringing an updated and explosive version for the Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta classic...
Donations lead to a brighter ‘Horizon’ at Bega Women’s Resource Centre
Editor's note: A trolley full of food, personal care items, bedding and blankets was a very welcome sight for Women’s Resource Centre Coordinator Jane Hughes when she entered the Bega branch of the Horizon Credit Union. Jane wrote to About Regional to express her gratitude. The items had been collected by Horizon staff and donated by Horizon customers in a...
Born out of tough times, Tathra’s NoiseArt Collective
Health & Wellbeing
Editor’s note: NoiseArt Collective, the eclectic, prolific, creative outlet of Tathra-based electronic musician David Schmidt, began as a whim. David shares his story with you via About Regional hoping to inspire a sense of hope for anyone dealing with tough times. A friend at a Daniel Champagne concert commented that he’d like to do something with music but “couldn’t really...
A festival of the ‘Best of Days’ this weekend celebrates local food
Food & Wine
Australians love to celebrate Christmas in July, particularly in the cooler regions where the frost snaps at the heels of the rose hips and brings on the sweet flavour of citrus and root vegetables. Christmas in July has become such a popular event that it is almost now a tradition in its own right. And that’s not surprising - winter is the best...
Sunday afternoon with The Maes in Candelo
Arts & Culture
The Maes, one of Australia’s best young acts, will be the feature act at the Candelo Arts Society’s Members Party this Sunday (June 30). Not a member? You are still invited. Multi-award-winning Melbourne contemporary folk outfit, The Maes (formerly The Mae Trio) is the brainchild of sisters Maggie and Elsie Rigby. Born into the arms of the folk music community...
Calling all women in war, Snowy Monaro plan to honour contribution
Vida Myteline Greentree was 27-years-old when she sailed from Australia to Suez during World War One. Vida was a nursing sister with the Australian Army Nursing Service. In the first week in August 1917 she and her nursing companions left Alexandria for Salonica where they were taken to the 60th General Hospital at Hortiach. “It was a large tented hospital...
Man eating plant at Monaro High School to be let loose this Thursday
Arts & Culture
A large carnivorous plant is growing at Monaro High School – all under the careful love and attention of the 'Little Shop of Horrors' musical team. The plant, named Audrey II, or Twoey, originates from outer space and requires human blood to survive, and is the main character in the school's upcoming musical, which opens Thursday night (June 27). Monaro...
Snow tourists turn trauma around
A family visiting the Snowy Mountains during the ski season last year, have turned a holiday trauma into an act of support and activism for a local community group. Devastated by the number of dead animals they encountered on their trip to Thredbo, the McAlester family from the lower Blue Mountains turned their experience around by doing something to help local...
Unlock the secrets of the pros at adult swimmers workshop this Saturday
Health & Wellbeing
As kids, we had swim classes during school hours and some of us probably attended the local swim club. But when school days are behind us, there is nothing much on offer for adults who want to continue this beneficial exercise and sport. At best you might you try to maintain a few laps in the local pool each week...
The beat goes on for Bega’s DJ Robbie with ‘Appy Connections’
Editors note: Kristi Sproates is founder/owner of Appy Connections, which delivers innovative National Disability Insurance Scheme support around the Bega Valley. Her service builds a therapy bridge into daily life utilising mobile devices and other digital technologies. Appy Connections is part of the first cohort of the Bega Valley Innovation Hub. About Regional is proud to back local people with good ideas....
Kids lead the way at new Pambula swim school, everybody is loving it
Ever baked a wonky biscuit or cupcake? You know the ones - they scream bad Hogwarts spell. Cookie cutters can come to the rescue - designed to create perfectly shaped treats that produce the same delectable experience for every eater. But life doesn't always yield to the perfection of a cookie cutter. Bega Valley swimming instructor, Katrina Scarpin wrestled with...
Winter wildlife warning and advice for Snowy Monaro drivers
Drivers are being urged to slow down to avoid collisions with wildlife as daylight hours shrink and winter approaches. LAOKO (Looking After Our Kosciuszko Orphans – Snowy Mountains Rescue) president Brendan Diacono, says winter is the busiest time for the wildlife rescue group. Mr Diacono says shorter days and increased winter visitors causes havoc on Snowy Monaro roads. "As soon...
Global sailor launches navigation courses in Merimbula
Editors note: Jackie Parry is originally from the UK. Disillusioned with life she ran away to Australia and met and married Noel. They decided to buy a boat and set sail. It was Noel's idea to go sailing and somehow he just knew Jackie would fit right in.  Mariah II took Jackie and Noel around the world. Pyewacket II, their...
Merimbula lemonade stand earns Brook and Bella a sweet reward
As parents rejoice at the thought of school returning this week, comes the realisation that perhaps the real lessons come outside the classroom as kids play and experiment. The Lemonade Stand is a business simulation that was created in 1973 by Bob Jamison of the Minnesota Education Computing Consortium. Players in Bob's exercise move through several rounds of running a...