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 Bay Police investigate three public shootings
An investigation is underway following three public shootings in and around Batemans Bay over the last 24 hours. South Coast Police District Commander, Superintendent Greg Moore say this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated. “We have had three separate incidents in the space of a few hours where firearms have been held or discharged,” Superintendent Moore says. At about...
Bega Valley celebration of the generations empowers young and old
"We're going on a bear hunt, we're going to catch a big one," Hayley Reynolds and her gaggle of tiny tots sing. Gloria, who is just a handful of years away from her 100th and a resident of Hugh Cunningham Gardens at Tura Beach watches on. Gloria doesn't realise yet but the bear Hayley and her dozen or so preschoolers are...
Band Together 2 – “And it felt so good, I wanna do it again.”
There is something joyous and unworldly about 1,200 people singing 'Eagle Rock' in unison - without fault and without self-consciousness. Big events and culture do that. Band Together 2 and Ross Wilson did that last night (November 30). But only after a stellar line up of local and national acts had primed the audience of young and old. The day...
Widespread smoke haze takes over Southern skies
Today's smokey skies are the worst the region has seen so far with Southern NSW and the ACT choked while firefighters on the ground and in the air work to control fires near Braidwood and Cooma. Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) is urging people with respiratory conditions to take extra care, with concerns poor air quality may affect their...
Disco Inferno fires up diversity and acceptance this Saturday in Bega
A celebration and acknowledgment of the region's growing diversity will come together under the mirror ball this Saturday (November 30) for Disco Inferno! Bega Pride are hosting their first LGBTQIA and friends dance at the Bega Country Club from 7.30 pm until midnight. Renowned Sydney DJ Ruby Red is coming to town to pump out her famous mix of disco...
Bega Valley RFS volunteer alleged to have deliberately lit seven fires
With the skies of the Bega Valley choked by smoke this week comes news that one of those called on to put fires out has been charged with arson. A NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Bega Valley volunteer has been charged following an investigation into a spate of deliberately lit fires in the region. Between Thursday, October 27, 2019 and...
NSW Governor and ANU Vice-Chancellor drop in ahead of Twofold 40th
There is no mid-life crisis brewing at Twofold Aboriginal Corporation, instead, the organisation is approaching its 40th birthday celebrations with more energy, direction, and vigour than ever. In the last fortnight, Twofold has played host to the NSW Governor, Margaret Beazley and leaders from the Australian National University in Canberra, all in the run-up to this Saturday's community birthday celebration....
Eurobodalla jumping through the water restriction levels
Eurobodalla Shire Council is taking decisive action in securing the region's water supply skipping level 2 and going straight to level 3 water restrictions. “Given the dry outlook for summer, it will be easier for our community to transition directly to level 3 restrictions than jump through the levels before the busy holiday period," says Council’s Director of Infrastructure Warren Sharpe....
Batemans Bay Headspace to open late 2020
Health & Wellbeing
A Headspace for Batemans Bay was one of the big-ticket commitments both parties made during this year's Federal Election campaign, as the year draws to close plans for the youth health service are advancing. Dianne Kitcher, CEO of COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN, says that once opened the service will deliver holistic, youth friendly, primary mental health services to...
Gratitude for oven mitts and public health
Any chance I might have had as a hand model melted away last Saturday night when I burnt my hand and arm and was rushed to hospital. It's was supposed to be easy dinner of beef filled ravioli - packs of the pasta were on special and we were hungry so it was an extra big pot that came to...
Argument against rate rise sinks as Bega Valley plans for six pools future
The six swimming pools dotted around the inland villages of the Bega Valley are well-loved, but for that same community, the idea of paying extra to maintain and upgrade them has gone down like a Band-Aid floating in the shallow end. Despite the local reaction to an increase in rates, Bega Valley Shire Councillors have voted seven to two to...
Bega Valley Repair Cafe gives the broken and busted a second chance
Forget the tip - the Bega Valley now has a place where much loved but broken and busted appliances get a second chance. Bega Valley Repair Cafe is a not-for-profit community initiative with the purpose of repairing items rather than seeing them go into landfill. "It also provides a social connection for people as they learn how to repair everyday...
‘Big Ideas’ welcome to grow the Bega Valley jobs of the future
Big ideas for tackling local unemployment and creating new job and education opportunities are being encouraged at two community workshops in Bega and Eden next week. Bega Valley Shire Council’s 'Jobs & Skills Bega Valley' project aims to get a better understanding of the local jobs market as it currently is and what needs to happen to expand employment opportunities?...
CRABS to add to Cooma’s weekend of music
Arts & Culture
As part of the Cooma Rotary Markets and building upon the success of the National Busking Championships, is the  Country, Roots and Blues (CRAB) Music Festival this Sunday (November 17) in Centennial Park, Cooma. Sunday's music caps of a big weekend in Cooma, and is a gentle come down from the high of Saturday's busking spectacular all over the Cooma...
Eurobodalla health improvements advance but patience and money still needed
Eurobodalla locals have been asked to be patient as health planners and project managers work on getting the region's new hospital "right". Pointing to $180 million worth of infrastructure works already underway at Goulburn, Cooma, and Yass hospitals, executives from Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD)  worked to reassure a crowd of around 80 people at the Batemans Bay Soldiers...
NSW Coroner rejects call for inquest into Bega Valley road rage death
The NSW Coroner has rejected an application to review the road rage death of Merimbula cyclist David Brand, a decision his widow has labelled as expedient and hurtful. 72-year-old Mr Brand was killed while he rode his bicycle with friends on Mount Darragh Road at Lochiel between Eden and Pambula in 2018. While the incident happened on June 23, 2018, Mr...