About Ian Campbell

Ian comes from a long background in radio, starting in community radio at high school in Wollongong.

Until March 2016 Ian was Regional Content Manager and Breakfast Presenter for ABC South East NSW - covering towns like Bega, Merimbula, Batemans Bay, Narooma, Cooma, Jindabyne, and Bombala.

“South East NSW is where I have spent half my career, where I am helping raise a family, it’s a place I care about,” Ian says.

It’s a quiet place and sits off the radar. It’s a region of many small communities, and one that relishes being known as 'Canberra's playground'.

Each town has a colour, feel, and set of skills of its own, and while proudly independent each community is connected and interested in the next.

Its a place Ian knows well and brings to you via Riot ACT.

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Truck driver dies in firey crash near Gunning this afternoon
A person going about their work has been killed this afternoon following a truck crash near Gunning, between Goulburn and Yass. Emergency services were called to The Hume Highway, about five kilometres east of Gunning, at 4:40 pm today (April 23). Officers from The Hume Police District believe a northbound prime mover crashed into a B-double, which was broken down...
Far South Coast Surf Lifesavers reflect on Port Campbell tragedy
Lifesavers along the Far South Coast are mourning the loss of Ross and Andrew Powell at the weekend. The 71-year-old and 32-year-old father and son died after their rescue boat flipped while responding to a call for help from a 30-year-old overseas visitor in waters near the Twelve Apostles, on Victoria's west coast on Easter Sunday. Police say the six-meter...
Rail options for Canberra – Monaro – Eden chugg forward
The long talked about Monaro Rail Trail is chugging forward with Snowy Monaro Regional Council progressing a feasibility study of the project. The proposed vision is to turn the disused rail line from Queanbeyan to Bombala into a 208 km bike path, adding up to a three to five-day journey. Those excited by the idea point to the many interesting rail features...
Mayor’s Writing Competition plants a ‘seed’ for young Eurobodalla writers – entries close soon!
Arts & Culture
Kids looking for something to do these school holidays? Want to get them away from screens? The annual Eurobodalla Mayor’s Writing Competition is here and offering the shire’s young wordsmiths an opportunity to grow their talent. With less than two weeks until entries close, Mayor Liz Innes is encouraging budding writers aged five to 18 years who live or go...
Herds for Hire munch war on weeds from Merimbula to Lake Burley Griffin
Two Northern Hemisphere natives are doing battle in Southern NSW and the ACT and the good guys are winning. Goats are currently munching their way through tangles of blackberry bushes along Merimbula Creek at the back of Club Sapphire having beaten similar infestations around Lake Burley Griffin and the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra. "With goats, the use of harmful...
Red Cross disaster volunteers needed across Snowy Monaro
The Australian Red Cross is looking for volunteers in Snowy Monaro to step up in times of trouble and distress for the local community. "We are a bit light on the ground, its a high-risk area and our Snowy Monaro team is a bit concerned should something happen," says Emergency Services Officer, Sandra Arnold. A free one-day training course will be held...
New playground for young and young at heart in Tuross
More happiness for Eurobodalla kids this Easter, with Council announcing a major upgrade of a Tuross Head playground. Residents and visitors will soon have a bigger and better playground to enjoy at the Evans Road Reserve, with the existing playground to be closed from late April/early May until the end of June to allow crews from Eurobodalla Shire Council to do...
Bodalla adds to Electric Vehicle discussion, new charge point for Easter
A small Bodalla based business has sidestepped the ugliness of the Electric Vehicle (EVs) debate in the run-up to the May 18 Federal Election and installed a charging point ready for Easter holiday traffic on the Princes Highway. "It's wonderful that we are talking about EVs, and it's wonderful that this is being seen as 'the climate election' but I hate...
Upgraded facilities at South Durras boat ramp ready for Easter
Easter brings more than chocolate eggs to Eurobodalla locals and holidaymakers with upgraded car-park facilities at the South Durras boat ramp. Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Infrastructure Works Manager Tony Swallow says there are now 19 parking spaces available, including nine catering for boat trailers. “To improve drainage and prevent possible erosion caused by informal parking, we’ve surfaced the car park, with kerb...
Lake Light Sculpture and much more this weekend in the Snowy Mountains
What's On
Lake Light Sculpture, Banjo Paterson Park, Jindabyne, April 19 to 22 Lake Light Sculpture is an inspiring outdoor sculpture event set amidst the stunning foreshore of Lake Jindabyne and the Snowy Mountains. Sculptures are displayed in an evocative setting on the water edge, a living studio for artworks but as night falls the real magic happens. Illumination has, since the festival’s...
Tassie Scout flying solo around Oz stops over in Merimbula
Tasmanian teen Bob Bramley plans on becoming the youngest person to circumnavigate Australia solo by plane, and Merimbula is one of his stepping stones to success. The 16-year-old from Davenport is using his world record attempt to raise awareness about youth suicide prevention. "Beyond Blue are my partners in this, so all funds remaining at the end of the trip...
Tilba Easter Festival celebrates a rich and colourful community
Arts & Culture
Tilba is famous for many things, this tiny town of 400 people packs a punch. European settlers moved in during the 1850's, the unique character of that time still lives, Tilba is the only town in Australia to be fully heritage declared by the National Trust. The farming influence that flowed from those pioneers still inspires people like Nic and...
Missing Batemans Bay girl found safe and well
Relief! With the worst fears of the community put to rest with a 17-year-old missing Batemans Bay girl located safe and well Estelle McDonald of Catalina hadn't been seen for two weeks when officers from the South Coast Police District raised the alarm via Facebook yesterday afternoon. At that stage, Estelle hadn't been seen since late in the day on April...
Four Winds – doing what the Opera House can’t this weekend
Arts & Culture
Easter on the Far South Coast has a sound. It's not just the cranking of the Batemans Bay Bridge going up and down, the Bell Miner birds of Tathra or the shouts of a fisherman reeling one in at Snug Cove, its the sound of world-class musicians gathered in the bush at Bermagui. Four Winds takes flight on Good Friday,...
Eurobodalla ranger patrols increase on beaches over Easter
Holidaymakers aren't the only ones on Eurobodalla beaches over the Easter break, with Council stepping up ranger patrols in preparation for new 'dogs on beaches' rules. Rangers performed 2,384 patrols of Eurobodalla beaches between December 1 and January 31. Eurobodalla Shire Council says the high profile is a response to community advice during Council’s Companion Animal Management Plan review last...
Eden brothers turning fish waste into compost – Ocean2earth!
Two brothers from Eden have created a new business that turns fish waste into compost and solved an ongoing problem facing the community at Bega Valley boat ramps. Bega Valley Mayor, Kristy McBain, has launched Ocean2earth, an Eden-based company founded by Kyran and Tim Crane. Yesterday's (April 15) launch at the Bermagui Harbour Boat Ramp marks the start of a...