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A healthy representation of members from our local branch attended last Thursday’s protest of around 70 people outside the Ultimo office of the ABC to protest about recent cuts including music and shortwave radio.

ABC Friends NSW and ACT President, Mal Hewitt addressed the rally to talk about several issues including the impact of cutting ABC Shortwave radio on the Pacific Islanders. You can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bPkq_GcaWk&feature=youtu.be

View other photos of the rally here

1-th4The 2016 AGM was over quickly and we welcomed a new President, Lachlan Garland. Our thanks to retiring President, Barry Redshaw for his leadership and commitment over the past two years and to retiring committee members for their support and we wish them well. Of course we must also thank those who stood for the 2017 committee (old and new faces).

Members and guests who joined us to hear Guest speaker and head of ABC News 24, Tony Hill, were given an incredible insight into the story of the ABC’s remarkable first War Correspondents during WW2.

1-picture1Drawing from his book ‘Voices from the Air’ which involved years of research of the ABC archives, interviews with families, and complimented by extraordinary front line recordings, historical photographs and correspondent’s notes, Tony spoke of the tenacity of these men, their recording equipment, the risks and hardships they faced alongside our troops. Unfortunately some recordings were lost in transit but much of the gut wrenching sounds and stories of war arrived back in Australia to be broadcast with those at home. It was an amazing hour or so.

Thanks to Megalong Books for attending giving those wishing to purchase the book the opportunity and Tony was happy to sign their copies. A special mention to the Grand View Hotel for their ongoing support of ABC Friends Blue Mountains.

More photos here

calendar_2017Printed in Australia on high-quality paper, the ABC Friends’ 2017 Calendar is a beautiful addition to any wall. With a series of stunning photographs, we bring you a subtler vision of our great country, with pictures that highlight Australia’s everyday beauty. It would make a great Christmas gift!

The Calendar is large-format, with plenty of space for you to write-in appointments and events, and includes useful and entertaining information about Our ABC. All profits from the calendar will be spent on defending the ABC’s funding and independence. More details [here]

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A small number of Blue Mountains members attended the dinner where Guest Speaker, Richard Glover, entertained the diners.

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Margaret Foy with outgoing NSW Treasurer and Secretary, James Buchanan