About Elka Wood

Elka Wood is a freelance writer, parent to two young kids and has a deep love for her home community of the Bega Valley.

Circumstances dictate that Elka and her family move between the US and Australia and she rediscovered a childhood love of writing and storytelling working as a reporter at a small newspaper in Montana, her husband's home state.

In between writing jobs, Elka has worked in the non-profit sector, as a caterer and as a fisheries technician, taking DNA samples from trout in a freezing stream in the middle of the night.

During long winters in Montana, she blogs at Aussiemerica.com.

Elka loves meeting new people and believes in the commonality of the human experience - and that everyone has a story to tell.

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The ‘Adani’ Finch lives on in the Bega Valley
Environment
A small, rust-coloured bird with a distinctive black throat has come to represent the battle between environmental groups, the concerned public, and a coal mine, proposed by the Indian owned Adani Group, in the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland. "The Black-Throated Finch is famous for all the wrong reasons," says Steve Sass, who runs On The Perch Bird Park in...
Narooma Huntfest cancelled amid community tensions
Economy
The 2019 Narooma Huntfest, which has been held on the June weekend for the last seven years, has been canceled permanently. The cancellation of the festival comes amid community debate about what to do about feral animals and, in a separate but related issue, gun control. Dan Field, president of the South Coast Hunting Club, which created Huntfest, says that...
Uber culture comes to Bega Valley and Eurobodalla – new transport options launch
News
Have you ever contemplated the long drive home after a social event and decided it wasn't worth heading out? Two new, local driving services are helping to fill a need for flexible private transport in our region, Sober Bob's in Batemans Bay and Bega Taxi and Booking Service in the Bega Valley are here to get you to those parties...
What we know about declining platypus populations – it’s not much
News
Although platypus, our beloved and elusive monotreme, are listed as near-threatened, Victorian Platypus Conservancy biologist Geoff Williams says that if you've been near a creek or river lately, chances are you've been standing next to a platypus and didn't know it. "There are platypus in all the rivers around you - the Bega river, the Bombala river," Geoff says, "it's...
Where to watch this weekend’s Bega Valley Rally
Sport
Nine local crews are among the 65 who will take on each other and the forest roads of the region at this weekend's Bega Valley Rally. Australian Rally Champions Neal Bates and Nathan Quinn will join Wallagoot local and ex-Toyota rally driver Ben Barker as headliners, with Barker seeded first after two consecutive wins in 2017 and 2018. President of...
$230,000 raised from Monaro Spectacular for local cancer patients
Community
The Monaro Spectacular - a fun community dance competition that raises money for local cancer patients - has raised in excess of $230,000 in 2019! Since 2010, The Monaro Committee for Cancer Research has raised nearly a million dollars, according to committee president of seven years, Sandy Scholfield. The annual event sees groups learn a dance routine over twelve...
From Eden to Bega to Bermagui young people are building businesses
Business
Starting your own business takes ticker, it's a leap of faith that you hope your community will support. Three new Bega Valley business' headed by young people caught our eye. It's the sort of drive, ambition, and service that About Regional is keen to support - as a member of that same community. "We both love Bermi," says Jess Collins...
“Without people kicking the door, change comes slowly” – Chris Sparks
News
Kalaru local Chris Sparks has had a busy few months in his role as President of Sydney-based disability advocacy agency The Physical Disability Council of NSW . The body's funding of about $260,000 per year is not guaranteed after June 2020, and Sparks has been looking to shift that. "Unless something changes, you will see advocacy organisations like ours closing...
Narooma Jobs Drive seeks to fill positions in care sector
Business
A jobs drive for the health and community sector will be held at the Narooma Golf Club tomorrow (May 28) with job seekers from Moruya to Bermagui able to speak to potential employers and apply for vacant positions on the spot. This is the first time Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Jobs and Training Project has run the drive and it will...
Sunday’s bridal fair looks to build Sapphire Coast as a wedding destination
Business
Are you looking for a laid back wedding with a stunning beach or bush backdrop? Then look no further than the Something Blue Bespoke Wedding Fair, this Sunday (May 26) at Robyn's Nest in Merimbula from 10:30 am. The fair is the result of five small business owners banding together to combine resources and lift one another up to highlight the...
The hits and misses of walking along country roads
Opinion
You don't see many walkers out on country roads these days. As a culture, we've slowly moved to the commonly-held belief that the only people who have to walk on roads are hitchhikers, down-and-outs, and those whose car has failed them. Instead, we most often save our walking efforts for safely designated paths and tracks. So much so that I...
Tough new drink driving laws now at play in NSW. Will it change your “I think I am okay to drive” behaviour?
News
New laws, in effect from this week, mean that a designated driver is more important than ever, and that decision based on - I think I am okay to drive, now carries extra weight, just in case the thought of killing someone wasn't scary enough. All drink driving offenders will now immediately lose their licence under tough new penalties introduced...
Four generations navigate a new & exciting arts scene in Tanja Church
Arts & Culture
The old Tanja Church has had an injection of new life with the arrival of a former lecturer in arts and performance, a production manager and four generations living on the grounds. It's fitting that one of the new owners - Louise Morris - has a PhD which focus' on how sites hold history. Her passion is for site-specific theatre,...
The boys of Tanja are shining and adding their own chapter to the school’s story
Community
In the leafy grounds of Tanja School, a boy in kindergarten plonks himself down at Kiah Beruldsen's feet and huffs - "no-one will play with me." Mr Beruldsen, who is this one-class school's teacher two days a week, scoops up some tennis balls and answers - "I'll play with you." For a school with a current enrollment of just 11...
Final stage of Tathra Hotel renovation awaiting council approval
News
Those of us who have been enjoying the newly renovated Tathra Hotel, complete with playground and on-site brewery, may have forgotten that for the pub's owners Cliff Wallis and Sayaka Mihara, the job is not finished yet. "We're waiting on approval for a 120 seat performance and event space which will be on the site of the old bottle shop...
Women In Science Forum connects Sapphire Coast and New Zealand
Environment
As you are reading this, a damp and salty sample of Durvillea Potatorum collected off the coast near Tathra, is making its way through New Zealand customs on its way to the lab of  Dr Ceridwen Fraser . Dr Fraser, an associate professor at the Department of Marine Science at the University of Otago, New Zealand, will analyze the...
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