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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Tathra jeweller offers Silversmithing for the Soul – online and in your own time
Arts & Culture
When Tathra-based silversmith Traci Chambers first began running jewellery-making workshops back in 2007, one of her students commented that the process of making jewellery "is a good way to switch off". For Traci, the comment triggered an 'ah-ha' moment that led to naming her business Silversmithing for the Soul. "I realised it's actually about switching on and connecting to yourself,"...
Myriad factors contribute to coastal housing shortage
Karina Benton grew up in Canberra and spent holidays staying at her granny's house in Batemans Bay. About seven years ago, she moved to the coastal area with her three kids. Now the family is homeless, not because of financial instability or a poor rental history, but because there simply aren't any houses for them to move into in the...
Mimosa Wines changes hands, but they’re keeping it in the family
Food & Wine
A lot has changed at Mimosa Wines since Gail and Glenn Butson bought 23o acres of coastal bushland midway along Tathra-Bermagui Road in the late 1970s. "It was a beef farm with a fibro shack on it back then," smiles Gail. Now Gail and Glenn are ready to sell up, but the sprawling property will stay in the family, with...
South Coast doctor leads emissions-reduction campaign to protect our health
Medical professionals in the Eurobodalla have signed a petition seeking action to reduce emissions to protect public health as part of a national campaign kickstarted locally by general practitioner Dr Michelle Hamrosi, who works from Surf Beach Surgery, near Batemans Bay. "The majority of doctors from our practise have signed, along with many others who work at the hospital or practise...
Candelo’s newest addition: Slow fashion by Lily & Honey
This year may be famous for dealing out the most widespread blows of any year in recent history, but for Mia Berisha from Lily & Honey in Candelo, it's been "one of my best years to date". The combination of moving to an area she loves and finding a passion for slow fashion has contributed to Mia's love of a year...
Kameruka cheesemakers continue history at Niagara Lane
The Bega Valley's iconic history of cheesemaking continues thanks in part to Kameruka cheesemakers Lisa Kremmer and Wayne White, whose small outfit is located on Niagara Lane, opposite the site of a historical cheese factory. "As far as we know, the Niagara Lane factory was one of three cheese factories in Kameruka and it operated into the 1960s and 1970s...
Food trucks at Eden Wharf a short-term solution to closure
Members of the Eden community have held a series of meetings since the closure of the Eden Wharf building on 11 October to find solutions to the "many problems caused by the closure", a press release from the Eden Visitor Information Centre said yesterday. The most pressing issue is how to cater to tourists in the wharf area as the...
Live music is back post-COVID-19 and gigs are selling out fast
What's On
The NSW Government's Great Southern Nights initiative will see 1000 COVID-19-safe live musical performances held across the state during November, including at the Candelo General Store & Cafe, Thredbo Alpine Hotel, Narooma Golf Club and Navigate Arts in Tanja. Government funding subsidises ticket prices so venues of any size can host live music and adhere to COVID-19 regulations while ensuring artists...
Andrew Constance says climate change responsible for extreme bushfires
NSW Minister for Transport and Roads, and Member for Bega, Andrew Constance has acknowledged the role of climate change during the Black Summer bushfires, which has been welcomed by environmental groups across the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla shires. Mr Constance made the remarks in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald on 13 October. After living through the past summer's...
Merimbula yarnbombing in support of LGBTQI community vandalised
Rainbow yarnbombing decorations installed on big trees by the waterfront in Merimbula disappeared early last week after being up for only three days. The vandalism likely took place on Sunday night (4 October) or the early hours of Monday morning (5 October). Jenny Manley, of Tura Beach, led 25 knitters who made the artwork in support of Merimbula's Rainbow Wave...
Qantas to fly to Merimbula as REX cancels service, but maintains Moruya flights
Bega Valley locals have long been hoping to see some competition between airlines flying into Merimbula airport, to push down fares and offer more people affordable regional travel options. On Friday, we got our wish as Qantas announced it would be servicing Sydney-Merimbula with four weekly flights from December but, in a surprise move, Regional Express, which has flying the...
Community support not enough to make Canberra-Eden railway feasible
Despite strong community support, a Transport for NSW feasibility study of the Canberra to Port of Eden Railway has found the project is not viable because the costs are higher than the potential revenue. The study was funded with $1 million provided by the NSW Government in 2018, and it found that the project would cost $6.3 billion to complete....
Eden’s Marine Discovery Centre and wharf shops evicted as building deemed unsafe
The Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre in Eden was recently served with a breach of lease notice by NSW Crown Lands after it was unable to pay the $1 million needed to make repairs to its wharf building, required as part of its lease agreement. The centre was the head tenant in the iconic wharf building and it sublet to another nine...
Australian Breastfeeding Association provides free online support in Eurobodalla, Snowy Monaro
Health & Wellbeing
The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) has teamed up with Eurobodalla Shire Council and Snowy Monaro Regional Council to ensure regional women can access the breastfeeding support they need in a COVID-19-safe way. The project will provide sponsored places at Breastfeeding Education Live sessions, and 12 months ongoing support via membership for up to 15 women in the Eurobodalla region, and up...
Jindabyne woman collects 760kg of rubbish along roads since April
A Jindabyne woman has collected more than 760kg of rubbish along 6km of road from her house to town since she began going for regular walks and runs during the COVID-19 lockdown. And that doesn't include the steel, cans and bottles she has recycled. Petra Richter says she's not out to blame anyone, but if we all went walking and...
Making memories: What do you want to preserve from your parenting years?
I recall being sleep deprived and irate with my first baby, dabbing milky vomit from my shoulder and having older women come up to me on the street saying, "Oh, they're little angels, aren't they? Treasure every moment!" Grumpily, I thought these were the moments I most wanted to forget. My aching arms, his needy squawks, the overflowing nappy bag...