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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Career solution for the family juggle
Health & Wellbeing
A great opportunity in mid-May with the Austswim teacher program coming to Pambula. Instead of having to travel to Sydney or Melbourne which is normally the case, locals will be able to complete the two day course at the Sapphire Aquatic Centre and become a qualified swim teacher. Leanne Webb, Aquatic Facilities Coordinator with Bega Valley Shire Council says "This...
Regional Innovation Week – building aspirations for a tech future in the Bega Valley
Australia’s first Regional Innovation Week is grabbing hold of the future - seeding jobs, businesses and lives for the years to come. A number of key events between April 27 and May 3 will build a case and highlight what’s possible from a community of motivated professionals supporting each other to build this region’s capacity and infrastructure. From a base of innovation...
Pioneering ways of growing and financing forges future for Bega Valley winery
Fresh from their time in the spotlight in episode one of season four of River Cottage Australia this week, a one of a kind Bega Valley winery is preparing to step into a future that is rich in the values of its past. Rescue helicopter pilot Euan McKenzie and retired soldier Carlin Stanford put their first vines in the ground...
“It is scary, you just get on stage and you just turn something on,”  – Daniel Champagne
Arts & Culture
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0mGMvaJ4YA Daniel Champagne is on the road right now, perhaps back stage mustering the energy for another explosive performance with his constant traveling companion - the guitar. Playing 110 gigs across Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe, USA and Canada, his roots in regional New South Wales are a long way-a-way, but only on a map never in Daniel's...
The trouble with volunteers
Health & Wellbeing
A volunteer coach at the Merimbula Grasshoppers Soccer Club on the Far South Coast of New South Wales, appears to have let off some steam as a new season running the side line looms. What seems to be an open letter to the club's parents from an unnamed coach is actually a form letter that has been doing the rounds...
Accidental aid effort ready to leave for Fiji
Communities in Fiji devastated by Cyclone Winston in February haven't been forgotten by communities with a similar love for the ocean. Packing winds of up to 230km/hr and whipping up waves 12m high, Winston destroyed or damaged 55 000 homes and killed 44 people. Various aid efforts have sprung up across the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla on the New South...
Fling Physical Theatre shows us “Home”
Arts & Culture
You’ve seen the bright yellow posters around town, well I went to see the show behind them on Sunday night in Merimbula. You’ll be pleased to know the season is half way through and there is still a chance for you to see “Home” later this week at Bermagui and Bega. I think you’ll like it, I did. Being Fling...
About Regional – The Focus
An intro to About Regional by founder Ian Campbell: "2016 brings a new endeavour for me building on my passion for regional communities and a desire to see them thrive." Under the banner of "About Regional" I offer content creation across online, radio and video platforms, media relations as well as the management and presentation of community engagement and consultation....
-Iain Dawson, Curator, Bega Valley Regional Art Gallery
Ian appreciates the role the arts can play in country communities and in the lives of individuals. His enthusiasm has delivered a new audience to the gallery and local art in general. As an MC or facilitator at a live event his disarming approach invites people to take an interest and engage where perhaps they wouldn't before. I've had great fun working with Ian and as someone coming into...
-Vickie Wallace, Snowy River Shire Councilor, Dalgety and District Community Association
Ian appreciates the joys and challenges of life in country town. There's a style and an approach to life and communication here that is different to city centres. It's not something that can be studied or easily transferred, you've got to live it and Ian does, in his personal and professional life. The communities I love and serve have benefited from Ian's ability to...
-Gary Rodley, Tathra Oysters
It would be easy to run away with superlatives when talking about Ian. His people skills, love of and sense of community and depth of knowledge builds a level of trust and comfort in those he works with. But of particular note is his uncanny and invaluable skill of being pleasantly assertive when required. His passion for regional products and...
-Donna Smith, Tourism Manager, Cooma-Monaro Shire Council
Ian has left a mark on many people and organisations in the region. I’ve always said that he is the 'glue for the South East Region’, keeping us connected, engaged and thinking as one – no mean feat! His natural way of communicating with all manner of people enables all involved to open up and freely discuss regional affairs across...
-Cr Lindsay Brown, Mayor, Eurobodalla Shire Council
As an ABC broadcaster Ian has worked within a clear set of editorial guidelines around balance, respect and fairness, but I have always sensed that is his personal approach to work and life any way. At the heart of his work is a keen interest in seeing regional communities and organisations succeed, he'll always ask the question that brings clarity and a better...
-Huw Drury, Former Regional Content Director ABC Local Radio, founder of bitesz.com
I was Ian's manager at the ABC for 9 years and in that time I appreciated is grace under pressure, creative problem solving and passion for regional communities. He has that rare ability to pull people together around a project or idea and keep them together as progress is made. His leadership style invites contributions from those around, but equally...