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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“Nothing short of a miracle” – Nelligen family saved by the winds
News
Nelligen - It was just two days ago, Rosemary Bunn ran from the fire front heading straight to her property, on the Western Distributor (Nelligen), leaving her husband and son to execute their plan to save the house. "I still can't believe it, after what I saw coming at us. The wind changed at the last minute and blew the...
Maloneys and Long Beach get a break while the Nelligen feels the heat
News
It was an eerie drive around Maloneys Beach this morning with some streets fully evacuated and others identified as 'staying' with bins out the front as suggested by RFS Deputy Incident Controller Ken Hall. 8:45 am - The majority of residents staying are eldery who have faith in the retreat offered by the beach close by. Barry Murray is one of them,...
“There’s nowhere safe at the moment” – RFS Deputy Incident Controller, Ken Hall
News
Currowan Fire Deputy Incident Controller Ken Hall had a clear message for residents of Long Beach, Maloneys Beach and North Batemans Bay at a briefing this morning: "Leave by 9:00 am tomorrow. Be prepared to be away for a week. If it hits Cullendulla it'll be going in that North Batemans Bay area about the same time, so leave tomorrow...
“Together Brings Strength” – Bawley Point residents pull together in fire emergency
News
What would you do? Stay or leave. This question has been weighing heavily on the shoulders of Bawley Point residents for the last couple days as the heat of the Currowan Fire intensifies on the village north of Batemans Bay. Ellena McTavish was going to wait it out but says "we evacuated yesterday when it got too hectic. The plan...
“We can’t stop this fire” – Ken Hall, Rural Fire Service
News
There were mixed feelings at the Long Beach Rural Fire Brigade this morning (2 December) as residents of northern Eurobodalla villages were told to prepare for the approaching Currowan Fire. Rural Fire Service Deputy Incident Controller Ken Hall received a warm welcome from the crowd who were eager to hear the latest update. "We can't stop this fire. It is so...
Nelligen bushfire was a “scary wake up call” for market farmer Jess
News
Jess O'Shea was sitting in her caravan when a friend called to alert her of an out of control fire close by on Old Nelligen Road earlier this week. Thankfully the fire was contained by the following day leaving Jess's property unscathed but with a lingering question hanging over her head - "What's my evacuation plan?" After seeing so many...
Ex 2EC newsreader Brooklyn Ross celebrates 5 years with ‘Kyle and Jackie O’ show
Community
Growing up, Brooklyn Ross spent most of his time in country New South Wales. His big city commercial radio career also had its roots in the regions, beginning at 2EC and Power FM covering the Eurobodalla and Bega Valley. This was also my first job in radio and where my 15 year friendship with Brooklyn began. Brooklyn's first news boss was...
Six storeys of plush gets the green light in Batemans Bay
News
Ohana in the Hawaiian language means 'Family' and for the foreshore of Batemans Bay, it's about to mean a shiny six-storey building - and the biggest view blocker to date for local stalwart Robin Innes. "I'm not against development," Mrs Innes says, "I just don't like these developers coming to town doing whatever they like, why should they? Why isn't...
Braidwood artist in Bondi’s famous ‘Sculpture by the Sea’
Arts & Culture
Art is a regurgitation of one's life - a blend of consciousness and sub-consciousness. Sometimes the concept is unexplainable. For Braidwood's Naomi Taylor Royds sculpture metaphorically tells the story of her life - the triumphs and tribulations. Her art even takes in a trip to the emergency ward nine years ago where she had an epiphany, which signalled a new...
“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...
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