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Mark Scott, ABC Managing Director

The Friends of the ABC NSW bi-annual conference (hosted by FABC Blue Mountains) will held on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 of August 2014. Day observers are welcome (please enquire here  for further details). ABC Managing Director, Mark Scott will be addressing the conference at the Sunday morning session.

Please note there will be no regular branch meeting in August.

Bust the Budget CanberraThis article is courtesy of ABC Friends ACT & Region
July 6 – National Day of Action to Bust the Budget
On a freezing, blustery Sunday, the day before the new Senate sat, I and some other ABC Friends, joined about 1,500 hundred other Canberrans on the lawns of Parliament House in a show of community opposition to the Federal Budget and to call on Senators to stand up for ordinary Australians and block this budget.
The protest was hosted by Unions ACT and a variety of community groups as part of a National Day of Action to Bust the Budget across Australia with demonstrations in all the capitals and some regional areas. [click to continue…]

About 20 members of FABCBM participated in the Grand Parade at the Winter Magic Festival held on June 21 which celebrates the Winter Solstice here in our beautiful part of the world. The weather was more than kind, with yet another not so winter’s day, (but we won’t mention climate change – more than once, anyway).
We received great support with cheers and clapping from sections of the very large crowd, estimated at over 40,000 according to the ABC news. We took the opportunity to hand out our Save Your ABC Threatened flyers as we trundled along. Our posters looked fabulous our balloons too, although we could have done with many more of those, and balloon numbers weren’t helped with quite a few popping well before we set off.
fabc_wintermagic_small_DSF6234Our webmaster, who had compiled a wonderful selection of ABC program intros to play as we walked, worked hard to share it with the crowd above the general noise by holding the speaker close to them as he walked. We had people dancing to the Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries theme and children singing along to Bob the Builder. Something a little louder next year could have the whole crowd dancing and singing too.

All in all it was great fun and thanks to all who shared in the day.

In addition to the very big day on Saturday a couple of our members involved in another cause close to their hearts took the opportunity to share our flyers at the Sustainability Festival which was held in old Katoomba Library on Sunday 22nd. All chairs sported a flyer before the audience appeared, they also had a little spot on a stall AND the ABC shared advertising space on a jacket too!

See more photos in the Gallery

Libby Blackburn

The ABC’s budget will be cut by $120m over the next four years. And further cuts are threatened!
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Click the links below to read these articles on the ABC Friends national site.

fabc_markus On Wednesday May 7, GetUp partitions totalling 240,000 signatures to keep our ABC free of ads, free for everyone, free to remain fair and balanced were delivered to MPs around the state.

A small delegation from our branch made the trip to Louise Markus’ office in Windsor but were delayed by a fatal car accident at Springwood and unfortunately, missed the official handover.

However they made their own statement outside.
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The top picture shows our FABC Blue Mountains group (L to R Eunice Goodberg, Margaret Foy & Margaret Taylor, photographer Garth Taylor) and below a picture of the main GetUp delegation. (click each picture to enlarge.)