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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New podcast series shares life between the red and yellow flags
Surf lifesavers in the Eurobodalla and Bega Valley have always had our back, now they have our ears! Surf Life Saving NSW has launched a new podcast series as the anticipation of summer builds. Irreverently titled 'What the Surf?!' the podcast features news and interviews with volunteer surf lifesavers from aournd New South Wales. 'What the Surf?!' will feature passionate surf...
Rural Lands Strategy sign off, “a fantastic result for our entire region”
Eurobodalla Shire Council says it's pleased with amendments to the long talked about and much debated Rural Lands Strategy which has just been signed off on by the NSW Planning Department. "And we are thankful for the time and constructive input that has been provided by many people in our community in the development of the Rural Lands Strategy and...
Man arrested following alleged sexual assault of Batemans Bay teen
A Sydney man has been arrested following the alleged sexual assault of a teenage girl from Batemans Bay. Police allege that in 2014 a then-32-year-old man began communicating with a 13-year-old girl through an internet-based messaging application. "The man allegedly met the girl in Batemans Bay and Sydney on several occasions between 2014 and 2018, where he allegedly sexually abused...
Drowning in life, Victorian man pleads guilty to Gillards hoax
With an uneasy calm, eyes cast to the floor and a degree of humility, Victorian man David Chen pleaded guilty in Bega Local Court today to filing a false missing person report which sparked a massive land, air, and sea search off Mimosa Rocks National Park. In a story involving a fictitious twin brother and an identity swap, on August 14,...
Funding or new Eurobodalla dam as water restrictions start
With a summer of water restrictions starting this week in the Eurobodalla comes welcome funding from the NSW Government for a big new water storage in the shire. Member for Bega Andrew Constance has announced $26.3 million for the design and construction of the Eurobodalla Southern Water Storage, west of Bodalla on the banks of the Tuross River. "The Eurobodalla...
Eurobodalla Community Engagement Framework out for comment
Think Eurobodalla Shire Council can engage better with the community on planning matters? Council's draft Community Engagement Framework and Participation Plan is now on public exhibition. Council began research on developing a community engagement framework in April 2015, with the aim of identifying how Council’s current practices could be improved. Council’s Audit Committee recommended Council seek independent advice and undertake an analysis to determine...
New signs to direct a dogs day at the beach in Eurobodalla
Eurobodalla Shire Council says its rangers are out and about, supporting pet owners to do the right thing when it comes to where and when their dogs are allowed to explore the region's stunning coastline and reserves. Deb Lenson, who manages the Council’s ranger team, says encouraging dog owners to familiarise themselves with the Eurobodalla’s new beach signage and companion...
Bega Valley parking inspector goes full time
The Bega Valley now has a fulltime, dedicated parking inspector, following a trial that issued $76,000 in fines. Councillors have unanimously endorsed the new position pointing to positive feedback from local businesses. "Shop keepers speak glowingly about turn over being up," Cr Russell Fitzpatrick said at this weeks Council meeting. "One shop keeper I spoke to said he'd had a...
Flying foxes in Northern NSW dying with Eurobodalla migration due
A dry summer in the Eurobodalla will not only present its challenges for people but flying-foxes too. Flying-fox populations in northern New South Wales are crashing with many animals being found dead due to malnourishment. Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Flying-fox Officer Natalie Foster says drought conditions and habitat loss have led to a food shortage for flying-foxes in northern parts of...
Community help needed to solve Snow Gum Dieback mystery
Citizen scientists in South East NSW are being asked to help in a vast study investigating what is killing Australia’s iconic Snow Gums. Dr Matthew Brookhouse from The Australian National University (ANU) says very little is known about 'Snow Gum Dieback’, despite it being a widespread phenomenon throughout the Australian Alps. “Snow Gums are an iconic part of the Australia Alps –...
“Life is about language,” which is why ‘climate emergency’ fits
Having earlier accepted the term 'climate emergency' in the wording around the Shire's soon to be exhibited Climate Resilience Strategy, a rescission motion from Cr Robyn Bain brought the matter back to the chamber for discussion at Bega Valley Shire Council today. "Life is about language," Cr Bain told the overflowing room of onlookers. In Cr Bain's view the term 'climate...
PODCAST – Festival of Open Minds, Aly Khalifa
Currently living in Wollongong, Aly Khalifa is an innovator of global stature focused on social impact and sustainability. Aly is driven by harvesting plastic waste from our oceans and turning it into useful products as part of a circular economy. His training as both a designer and mechanical engineer, coupled with deep international manufacturing experience, has enabled him and his...
It’s time for ‘Straight Talk’ on domestic violence – Eden, Merimbula, Bega
The community is invited to an honest and frank conversation about domestic violence as Bega Valley support services look to deepen and extend their work and influence of the last 30 years. The SEWACS Staying Home Leaving Violence program with support from the Social Justice Advocates and the local Domestic Violence committee are hosting a series of events - 'Straight...
“We are rightly under the microscope” – new manager, Bupa Eden
There is a new manager in charge of the Bupa aged care facility in Eden, one who isn't dodging the home's history while looking to restore confidence and lift care standards. Annette Guilfoyle hit the ground in May, the months before had been filled with concern for residents in the 85 bed home, with Bupa Eden, sanctioned by the Federal...
Eurobodalla committee taking action on drugs wins funding for youth
Health & Wellbeing
The Eurobodalla Cares - Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) has received funding to engage with the region's young people and set them up for making positive, healthy life choices. Action Team Chair, Robert Richmond says the investment from the Alcohol and Drug Foundation will "allow PCYC to run another 4000 activities for individuals." "We are so pleased to partner with...
Shadow Minister for South Coast tours Bega and Moruya
The Bega Valley and Eurobodalla now has a shadow minister in Jodi Mckay's new look NSW Labor ministry. Ryan Park has always been the Shadow Minister for the Illawarra but, "I asked for the South Coast to be added because I felt people down here didn't get the advocacy they needed," Mr Park says. Based in Wollongong as the Member...