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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Batemans Marine Park rules relaxed to allow for more rec fishing
New fishing areas are being opened up within the protected waters of the Batemans Marine Park ahead of the school holidays as part of a plan the NSW Government says will give recreational fishers more options to drop a line and snag a fish. Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall was in the Narooma yesterday to announce the five new fishing...
Drenkhahn victims show strength and dignity in convicting their abuser
Police and child advocates have paid tribute to the victims of convicted child rapist Reinhard ‘Fritz’ Drenkhahn. The 65-year-old from Eden on the New South Wales Far South Coast was found guilty last week in Wollongong District Court on three counts of ‘Aggravated Indecent Assault with victim under the age of 16 years’ and one count of ‘Sexual Intercourse with person...
No Bega Valley water restrictions for now
Despite the wide brown land it resides in, Bega Valley Shire Council has voted not to impose water restrictions, pointing to the relatively strong position the region finds itself in. The recommendation before Councillors McBain, Tapscott, Dodds, Griff, Allen, Fitzpatrick, Bain, Nadin and Seckold originally pointed to temporary level 1 water restrictions for Bemboka village, instead, a motion from Cobargo's Tony...
All bins out this Friday for South Durras, Maloneys, Long Beach
Residents of the Eurobodalla’s northern villages affected by the Currowan Fire can put all three bins out for their regular kerbside collection tomorrow - Friday, December 13. To help with the post-fire clean up, Council’s contractor SUEZ will collect red, yellow and green lid bins at South Durras, Long Beach and Maloneys Beach. A spokesperson for Eurobodalla Shire Council says...
Forest groups call for halt to logging as drought and bushfire crisis builds
Forest conservation groups around New South Wales are calling for a moratorium on logging operations until the impacts of drought and bushfires are assessed and addressed. Nine organisations have written to NSW Premier Gladys Berjejiklian including South East Region Conservation Alliance (SERCA). The letter asks for a halt to all logging in public native forests in order to mitigate habitat losses...
Level 3 water restrictions for Bombala, Delegate, Nimmitabel
Dry times continue to bite in Southern New South Wales with Snowy Monaro Regional Council flagging level 3 water restrictions for residents in Bombala, Delegate and Nimmitabel from this Saturday and asking the rest of the region to be extra water-wise. "Due to the prolonged dry weather conditions, flows to the Coolumbooka River, Delegate River and Lake Wallace Dam have decreased,"...
Mumbulla Foundation signals a challenging future as 2019 grants announced
A volunteer organisation, responsible for awarding $1.2 million in grants to community groups over the last 19 years has flagged concerns for its own future. "Over the last nineteen years, more than 290 organisation and groups across the Bega Valley have received support from the Mumbulla Foundation," says Michael Pryke, Chair, The Mumbulla Foundation. "But now the Mumbulla Foundation needs your help....
Man makes a run at police and council staff manning closed bush fire road
A man has been charged for refusing to comply with police direction after trying to access a closed, bushfire affected road in the area of the vast and long-running Currowan Bushfire, north of Batemans Bay. At about 10:15 pm Saturday (December 7), police report that a man was driving his Toyota Landcruiser south along Woodburn Road, west of Milton, towards...
Teen Clinic planning nationwide regional roll out, donations needed
Health & Wellbeing
Teen Clinic, a Bega initiative improving teenage health, continues to grow as they welcome a Board of Directors to assist them on their quest to expand on a national level. Teen Clinic is a free nurse-led, early intervention model of care for teenagers. It sits within existing general practices providing a drop-in service for young people in rural and regional...
Mutton Bird numbers dive as Alaska – Australia migration gets harder
Those who grew up lucky enough to have the beach at their back door will be familiar with the annual migration of Mutton Birds. As a kid, I remember my local beach being blanketed in their grey feathered bodies; washed ashore dead with the tide. Fears of pollution in the water were soon put to one side once people realised...
New flying fox and cricket facilities open in Jindabyne
The Jindabyne Tigers Cricket Club will be able to play matches in town for the first time in 30-years with the opening of new training and playing facilities at John Connors Oval. The cricket nets have been named in honour of Blake ‘Tiger’ McGrath, a former Jindabyne cricketer who passed away in 2001. “It was lovely to have the McGrath family...
Three teens arrested following suspicious fire at Cooma
As Southern NSW grapples with a day of Severe Fire Danger and two bush emergencies near Braidwood and Batemans Bay, three teenage boys at Cooma have been arrested after allegedly deliberately lighting a fire. Shortly after 12 pm on Friday (November 29), Monaro Police District Superintendent Paul Condon was travelling south on the Monaro Highway near Cooma when he noticed...
Sea weed farms, surf board manufacturing, tiny house ownership – Bega Valley Innovation Hub creates economy of the future
The next wave of entrepreneurs has emerged from the Bega Valley Innovation Hub. Six unique ideas that span a range of needs and ambitions. The one common bond is that all are keen to grow the region's economy and employment opportunities. Last week's Pitch Final was the culmination of the 12-week business accelerator program through the University of Wollongong's (UoW)...
Eden stalwart found guilty of child sex offences
Once an Eden stalwart, Reinhard 'Fritz' Drenkhahn has been found guilty on four charges of sexually assaulting children. The 65-year-old was arrested at his home in 2016 on charges that relate to the abuse of two local boys aged 12 and 14 years at the time. The offences occurred in the early 2000's locally and in another part of regional...
Greedy Smith plays last gig in the Bega Valley – “he was like family.”
Australian music great Greedy Smith has died after what has turned out to be his last gig in a community described as his "adopted second home." The Mental As Anything frontman suffered a heart attack in his car in Sydney just a day or so after playing at the Band Together Music Festival at Wolumla in the Bega Valley on...
Light Up Cobargo – this Friday
Cobargo's annual celebration of Christmas and community has a fresh vibrant feel. For many years 'Light Up Cobargo' has signalled a start to the festive season for residents and visitors, this year promises to be bigger than ever. The main street of Cobargo, north of Bega, will again come alive this Friday (December 6) with people browsing market stalls, dipping...