Western Australia

Western Australia

Welcome to ABC Friends Western Australia (WA)

Join ABC Friends WA

If you are new to ABC Friends, click on the JOIN button above. If you just want to renew your membership without setting up an account, click here and complete the membership form. Your details will be automatically updated if they have changed.

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Get Involved with ABC Friends Western Australia

Email wa@abcfriends.org.au to find out how you can get involved.

We organise our own events and activities including:

  • organising community stalls
  • lobbying Federal MPs
  • letter writing
  • fund raising 
  • doing social media and website content
  • and MORE!

About Us

WA 2020 Committee – L-R:  Jenny Meyrick, Cathy Bardon, Bobbie Mackley, Liz Millward, Terri Brown, Michael Dowling.  Absent:  Janet Matthews.

ABC Friends WA Incorporated was established under the name ‘Friends of the ABC (WA) Inc.’ in 1996 in reaction to an observed need for a support group for the national broadcaster.

Please click here to view our constitution.

ABC Friends WA is an Incorporated Association managed by a Committee of volunteers elected each year at the AGM. The Committee is closely connected to the membership and, as a community-based organisation, is wholly dependent on the support of its members. ABC Friends is not aligned to any political party and operates independently of the ABC.

We have members in all areas of metropolitan Perth and in regional areas from Broome to the South West. Each year we hold an Annual General Meeting in Perth to which all members are invited, with a speaker of interest to our membership.

During the year we attend community events that have a bearing on the ABC (such as media freedom, about which we also ran a forum in 2019); seek opportunities to inform the public (such as people waiting for a tour of the ABC at the ‘Open House’ held annually at the ABC Perth Centre); run a stall at the annual Fremantle Festival on the Esplanade, lobby WA-based politicians, and similar activities as they arise.  We also have a local presence on our WA Facebook page and on Twitter.

Our goals are the same as those of ABC Friends nationally - you can see them here. We have specific State concerns as well:

  • The reduction in ABC TV production in Perth since 1999. To see this in detail click here.
  • The under-utilisation of the purpose-built ABC Building in Perth.
  • The reduction in coverage of WA news and other cultural events, including the lack of publicity for WA events.
  • The ending of ABC short-wave coverage, which affects remote and regional users.

Committee Members

Full committee biographies available here.

  • President: Bobbie Mackley
  • Vice-President: Cathy Bardon
  • Secretary: Cathy Bardon
  • Treasurer: Liz Millward
  • Terri Brown
  • Janet Matthews
  • Jenny Meyrick
  • Michael Dowling

Contacts

Phone: 0422 489 711 (Bobbie Mackley - business hours)
Email: wa@abcfriends.org.au

Postal Address: PO Box 534, Subiaco, WA, 6904

Facebook: ABC Friends WA Inc.

Twitter: @abcfriendswa

Join ABC Friends Western Australia