Southern Highlands Branch

Southern Highlands Branch

Welcome to the Southern Highlands Branch of ABC Friends

A bed of tulips in front of a rotunda in a park

 

Competition celebrating 90 years of the ABC

Download the pdf Competition Outline and entry forms below for Southern Highlands students in schools from Kindergarten to Year 12, TAFE and Universities.

Infant K-2

Primary 3-6

Secondary 7-9

Secondary 10-12

University/TAFE

Entries open 4 April 2022 and close 10 June 2022.

We look forward to seeing your creativity.

 

Our aim is to campaign for the immediate and long-term viability and independence of the ABC.

As our National Broadcaster the ABC has a legislated obligation to deliver programs relevant to all Australians. Information, education and entertainment are the key elements of its Charter. Diversity of views and opinions, and public discussion about a range of current issues and controversies, is a central value underpinning our democracy.

The ABC fulfils its responsibilities to us, the taxpayers who fund it, by providing responsible, well researched and documented programs about all aspects of our society; social, environmental, religious, educational, political and technological. Just as importantly it must reflect and promote our cultural selves, through music, comedy and drama.

Without secure and adequate funding and freedom from political and commercial interference the ABC cannot continue to meet its obligations to us as taxpaying citizens.

We aim to highlight threats to the financial viability and independence of the ABC in the following ways:

  • Talking to the community via information stalls at local markets and shopping centres.
  • Voicing our concerns about specific issues by phoning and emailing MPs.
  • Organising community gatherings to promote and celebrate the achievements of the ABC, such as a birthday bash for the ABC’s 90th birthday early July 2022.
  • Providing, via the links on this webpage, detailed information and resources about the serious decline in funding for the ABC and the present Government’s support for commercial media enterprises over funding and support for the ABC.

With an election in 2022 our current campaign focus is on talking to, and meeting with, our local candidates for the two federal electorates in the Southern Highlands, Whitlam and Hume.

The electorate of Whitlam, represented by Stephen Jones, includes the following towns and villages: Alpine, Berrima, Bowral, Burradoo, Fitzroy Falls, Glenquarry, Kangaloon, Mittagong, Moss Vale, Robertson, Sutton Forest, Welby

Map of the federal district of Whitlam

The electorate of Hume, represented by Angus Taylor, includes the following towns and villages: Appin, Bundanoon, Canyonleigh, Colo Vale, Exeter, High Range, Hill Top, Joadja, Marulan, Penrose, Wingello (part), Yerrinbool (part).

Map of the Federal electorate of Hume

We have formulated a questionnaire, focussing on the two key issues of financial security and independence from political interference, which we will ask each candidate to complete once nominations for the election have closed. We will publish the results on this webpage and in our flyers on polling day. If you are interested in becoming an active member of our group by participating in our information stalls and other activities or if you would like to be notified about our activities, please email [email protected].

Southern Highlands Branch – Rules, adopted by the branch in April 2022

Our branch rules are accessible here.

Here are some members of our committee:

Angela

Angela

Gill

Gill

Belinda

Belinda

Grahame

Grahame

Julianne

Julianne

Trevor

Trevor


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