About Elise Searson

Elise is an Australian based photographer / journalist with a main focus in story telling. She has completed a Bachelor in Photography at Griffith University/Queensland College of Art with work exhibited internationally and nationally. Upon completion of her degree, Elise secured work as a staff photographer for News Ltd and is now working as a photojournalist in Batemans Bay.

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“Thank God for the independent JRPP” – Hanging Rock action group
News
Hanging Rock residents are hopeful their voice has been heard with plans for a luxury 'gated seniors community' in their backyard sent back to the developer with recommendations from the State Government's planning panel. Rob Murray from 'Friends of Hanging Rock' says, "The result was quite incredible - after two hours deliberation the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) returned to...
A message from a 10 year old Batemans Bay boy to Scott Morrison – “help our farmers”
News
It was a family drive through a very dry landscape that inspired Oran Humphries to write a letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison pleading for money to be sent to the farmers whose livelihoods are being shattered by the drought. "I was going to Canberra, we were driving through Braidwood and there was just all dead grass and mum has...
Meet the mum from Bega booming with her low carb baking business
Food & Wine
The Protein Bread Co caught my attention whilst embarking on the 'post baby bounce back keto diet' I set myself 12 months ago. Most 'low carb' flour products leave little to be desired and have you back on the carby sugars before you finish the packet! I can't claim this bread helped me lose weight but it did allow me...
“We all get busy but we should never be too busy to look after ourselves or others.” – Batemans Bay’s Kym Bayley
Health & Wellbeing
It's been a heartbreaking journey for Eurobodalla property manager, Kym Bayley who's on a mission to raise funds and awareness for men's mental and physical health. 'Run for Bob' was inspired by the passing of more than just one man in Kym's family, "we lost my dad in 2012 to Bowel Cancer, his brother five weeks prior to him with...
Burning Amazon inspires need for deeper local climate discussion
Opinion
Imagine a fire wiping out the whole of the Eurobodalla, that's how much of the Amazon is burning. Take a deep breath in...a long one out. Thanks to the Amazon, 20% of that breath was produced by oxygen created from a rainforest the size of 95 Bega Valleys. Brazil's right-wing populist government is being blamed for nearly 40,000 fires turning...
Fractured 2 takes top prize in Sculpture for Clyde – exhibition on now
Arts & Culture
'Sculpture for Clyde' opened over the weekend leaving the winning artists more than a few thousand dollars richer. Now in its third year, Sculpture for Clyde is an increasingly popular festival and is expected to attract thousands of visitors to the region, spanning two venues in Batemans Bay and Bawley Point. Southern Highlands architectural and landscape sculptor David Ball won the...
Horse’s leading Eurobodalla young men to priceless happiness
Health & Wellbeing
For Peter Ward from Batemans Bay, Wednesday's appear to deliver the kind of joy money can't buy. He's one of three men who arrive at Ellesmere Equine on the Life Without Barriers bus for their weekly horse riding lesson. As they meander with anticipation and at times impatiently, their carers get the men ready for the saddle while two horses...
Portrait of Bermagui Aboriginal elder in prestigious photography award
Arts & Culture
A deeply poignant image of Yuin man Robert Foster currently hangs on the walls of the Tweed Regional Gallery in Northern NSW. The image, made by Bermagui photographer Imogen Hall,  is a finalist in the prestigious Olive Cotton Portrait Award which is funded by the family of Olive Cotton, one of Australia’s leading twentieth-century photographers, and aims to show new portraits by...
Batemans Bay Aboriginal boy scouted for Australian film – Smoke Between Trees
Arts & Culture
It can be a long arduous journey before an actor will get their first lead role in a feature film but for Batemans Bay born Robert-Joseph Slockee, fate presented a much grander plan. "As soon as I saw his photo I just knew he was Ari," explains producer Michael Joy who drove from Syndey to Robert's Canberra home as soon...
When your backyard becomes a winter wonderland
News
There's nothing quite like waking up to the sound of kids giggling in excitement as they discover a winter wonderland in their own backyard. As arctic winds intensified through the night snow chasers poured into the country town of Oberon - almost 3 hours north of Canberra. This usually quiet industrial town of 4,500 people prepared days in advance for...
New Mogo playground is “Too deadly!”
Community
The days of Mogo kids having to fight over the only two swings in the park are over. The community campaign to upgrade the play space and end the tussle for swing time culminated this week with an open day to celebrate new facilities and fun. “Too deadly!” were the powerful words used by Sherrie Nye to describe the new...
Clyde Classic takes over Nelligen with exhaust fumes, passion & history
Community
The sun was shining, the smell of exhaust was in the air and the passion for all things motorised intoxicated the river village of Nelligen over the weekend. The Clyde River Classic car, bike and boat show attracted a bunch of colourful characters nursing self-confessed "car issues".  After buying his car 'Big Red' from a mate 12 years ago and...
FREE ground breaking cancer podcast now available for Southern NSW
Health & Wellbeing
A new cancer podcast offering support to residents in South East NSW is now available, the 10 episode series is a deep dive into treatments, hope, life and loss. John O’Neill was diagnosed with advanced brain cancer in May 2018 and had trouble finding information that openly addressed the crisis he was facing. “Searching for information in the wake of...
Gilmore residents take over Parliament House as MP makes first speech
News
After a ball busting campaign to secure the seat of Gilmore, newly elected Labor MP Fiona Phillips delivered her first speech in Federal Parliament today (July 30) with the public gallery filled with supporters from Nowra to Batemans Bay. "It was really lovely to see everybody in the gallery, my supporters and Labor colleagues," Ms Phillips says. "I wanted to...
Tears and cheers at the NAIDOC Awards Ball in Batemans Bay
News
After a week of celebrations, the Eurobodalla NAIDOC Awards Ball at The Coachouse Marina Resort in Batemans Bay saw generations come together to recognise each other's contribution and achievements. Guests were treated to a performance of "Hitchhiker" by comedian Dane Simpson who also hosted the event and kept everyone laughing. Eurobodalla Shire Councillor Pat McGinlay was one of the first to...
Batemans Bay Aboriginal women celebrates her first job – on the bridge
Community
At the tender age of 44, Vanessa Parsons has landed her first job and it's with an international civil construction company no less - John Holland. Vanessa is part of the new team building the $274 million Batemans Bay Bridge over the Clyde River. "It changed my life," Vanessa says. She starts her day by 'tapping on' at the works...
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