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To kick off the year, our first general Branch Meeting will be held on Saturday 10th February at 10.00am. The venue will be the Joy Anderson Room, the Mid-Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, at 9 New St, Lawson.

Branch meetings will be held in the Joy Anderson Room on every second Saturday of the month.
Here is the schedule of dates :
• 10th February
• 13th April
• 8th June
• 10th August
• 12th October.
We’ll place an ABC Friends Blue Mountains poster outside the room, sporting the newish ABC Friends logo. We will provide refreshments at around 11.00am. Following our meeting, you may consider continuing the fellowship over a Lawson café lunch.

In 2024 our General Branch Meetings will be held every two months. The venue will be the Mid-Mountains Community Centre, Lawson, in the Joy Anderson Room. We’ll be meeting Saturday mornings at 10am, on the following dates: 10ᵗʰ February, 13ᵗʰ April, 8ᵗʰ June, 10ᵗʰ August and 12ᵗʰ October. Our meetings will conclude by 12.00pm, with a morning-tea break around 11am. After our meetings, everyone is welcome to continue our friendly fellowship at one of the local Lawson lunch eateries.

Next year, our branch is introducing Coffee Mornings for our Blue Mountains ABC Friends and friends. These will take place on the alternate months to our General Meetings. The branch committee has chosen various locations for these social occasions, in order to better reflect the residential spread of our branch members. Further details will appear in our first newsletter in 2024.

Blue Mountains ABC Friends proudly presents Philippa McDonald, ABC Alumni member, as their Guest Speaker on Saturday 25th November 2023, at 11.00am, following their AGM, at the Wentworth Falls School of Arts, GWH, Wentworth Falls. All welcome!

Almost Philippa McDonald’s entire journalistic career has been spent on the road as a news and current affairs reporter for ABC News and Current Affairs.

 

An award winning journalist, she has been at the centre of the media’s coverage of Australia’s worst bushfires, political upheaval, the disappearance of MH 370, terrorist attacks, earthquakes, mine disasters and coups. She has also been National Arts Reporter, Legal Reporter, Transport and Communications reporter. She’s covered everything from the hunt for a serial killer to royal visits, to the billing practices of internationally renowned surgeons, to the Royal Commission which revealed how the nation’s most trusted institutions failed children.

 

As Bushfire Recovery Reporter for ABC News Philippa focused on how affected communities were recovering from the catastrophic disaster during the pandemic, holding all tiers of government and charities to account. She was also part of the investigation team which produced “The Anatomy of the Mega Blaze.”

 

Her investigative stories have prompted more whistle-blowers to come forward and have shone the spotlight on the culture of sexual harassment and bullying within a major government department. Her expose on the suffering of victims of the Granville Disaster prompted an apology from the NSW Premier.

 

Throughout 2023 Philippa has been working with ABC International Development (ABC ID) in Timor Leste to establish the first English speaking TV Newsroom at RTTL, the country’s Public Broadcaster. During the recent referendum, Philippa was a senior producer on The Point at NITV.

 

Philippa is a member of ABC Alumni and a former Chair of the Walkley Foundation Trustees.

 

Enquiries regarding this event: Sue Noske: 0421 020 610 or email: susano2311@gmail.com

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 10th October, at our usual venue, The Grand View Hotel, Wentworth Falls, at 10.30am.

Members are invited to stay for lunch to continue the conversation and Friends’ fellowship. Note that we now have an ABCF Blue Mountains branch library: great books are available at our meetings, with a focus on political or media themes. We welcome book donations to build this library for our members. Also, note that you can always keep up to date with our  newsletters, available in the online archive.

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 12th September, at our usual venue, The Grand View Hotel, Wentworth Falls, at 10.30am.

Members are invited to stay for lunch to continue the conversation and Friends’ fellowship. Note that we now have an ABCF Blue Mountains branch library: great books are available at our meetings, with a focus on political or media themes. We welcome book donations to build this library for our members. Also, note that you can always keep up to date with our  newsletters, available in the online archive.