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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Extinction Rebellion calls on Batemans Bay to face the truth of the climate emergency
Extinction Rebellion (XR) has a stark message for Batemans Bay residents and businesses: life on Earth is in crisis and we need to act accordingly. XR Eurobodalla will stage its first local climate protest tomorrow (Saturday, October 19), carrying a ‘blue line’ down North Street to demonstrate the impact the predicted sea level rise will have on local businesses. Local...
Book Review from Wallaga Lake – ‘The Harp In the South’ trilogy
Arts & Culture
Listening to the trilogy of novels by Ruth Park (Missus, Harp in the South and Poor Man’s Orange) and read by Kate Hood has been extraordinarily moving. They tell of a family, their life experience, their trials and tribulations starting in the late 1800’s and going through till the late nineteen fifties. If you wanted to know what it was...
Doing death better, PremKranti at work in South East Regional Hospital
Health & Wellbeing
There’s nothing more certain than death but not many of us consider what our end-of-life time will be like. I think about my own death now and then, maybe more than most - I’m a 15-year cancer survivor. So far so good. But my death, and maybe it won’t be cancer-related, is still there in front of me. Who will...
From new Snowy Monaro Mayor Peter Beer…
At the Extraordinary Council Meeting held on Monday, I was honoured to have been elected as Mayor of the wonderful Snowy Monaro region. I would like to thank Councillor John Rooney who served as the inaugural Mayor of Snowy Monaro Regional Council. John worked hard for our region and I hope he is able to enjoy spending more time with...
Drivers and cars retracing Peter Brock’s historic 1979 win come to Goulburn, Braidwood, Cooma, this Saturday
What's On
Cooma Car Club is playing host to 138 participants and cars taking part in the Repco Reliability Retrial 2019, this Saturday, August 31. This 40th anniversary event is open to pre-1980 cars and includes some of the original drivers and cars. On this second last stage of the retrial, cars will be arriving from the Monaro Highway, and from Goulburn,...
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...