Park Friends – an International Perspective

“I find this Park Friends radio and internet initiative through PBA FM in South Australia to be a very interesting innovation that could hold lessons for approaches to fostering lifelong learning in many contexts, and for building community understanding and support in addressing the big issues of life in cities and rural contexts.”     Read more

Peter Kearns OAM, FACE
Intellectual Director
PASCAL International Exchanges

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World Environment Day Awards

PBA FM’s radio and internet project Park Friends was a finalist in the Media Category of the World Environment Day Awards 2012. Presented in Melbourne on Friday evening 12 June, the main award went to ABC TV’s Foreign Correspondent (seven person team) program on Sumatran Tigers. However, as a finalist (with a one-person team), it was great to have Park Friends, an entry from the Community Radio sector, recognised in the company of strong entries from ABC TV and SBS TV. See the link to the Media Release below, on the announcement of finalists.

This project model – linking radio, website, text, photographs, CDs, podcasts etc – could well be adapted in any number of ways in many contexts for further lifelong learning initiatives, using radio in conjunction with the latest ICT – information communications technology.

Sincere thanks to all who contributed to this project, especially all of the many interviewees, and the many people from the Friends of Black Hill and Morialta (and President John Fleming) who unstintingly gave freely and generously of their time and expertise in so many ways. PBA FM is also very cognisant of the assistance of the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board, without whose support, this project would not have been possible. It was always a joy to work with the John Fleming and the members of the Reference Group and with Volunteer Project Coordinator Liz Millington from the AMLR NRM Board.Thanks too to the Department for Environment and Natural Resources staff who assisted with the official launch at the Morialta Resource Centre in early April – see some great photos on this site.

I have had so many comments on the website and the availability of all twelve programs as podcasts – learning how to create a website has been my lifelong learning project for 2012 – well for the first six months anyway! Also the three Park Friends CDs, with their striking artwork, have been commented on by many; again this is very much appreciated.

The project will be complete by the end of June. However, I do hope you will continue to make use of the podcasts, available through this website, and give some thought to supporting the work of the Friends of Black Hill and Morialta, and similar Friends of Parks groups around South Australia.

Best wishes
Tony Ryan
Producer/Presenter, PBA FM Adelaide

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Hot News!

Well, with winter upon us, this photograph would seem to be appropriate.

For everything there is a season.

The attached Media Release will also warm your hearts! – See Page 3.
UNAA World Environment Day Awards 2012 – Finalists Announced

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SA’s History Festival – About Time

Park Friends Program 5, scheduled for broadcast on PBA FM at 8.30pm on Monday 14 May and repeated on Friday 18 May at 9am, looks at the legacy of Adelaide pioneer John Horsnell and the work being done by volunteers in what is now Horsnell Gully in the Adelaide Hills. As this program will air in the middle of South Australia’s History Festival – About Time, as well as featuring work relating to conservation and revegetation, it is also a glimpse into a fascinating part of our local history. For further details, go to John Horsnell’s Legacy.

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Park Friends – Now on-air!

PBA FM – 89.7FM in Adelaide Australia
Mondays at 8.30pm, 16 April – 2 July 2012
Repeat Broadcast Fridays at 9am, 20 April – 6 July 2012
Live streaming on
Adelaide time is GMT +9 hrs 30 mins

The Law Spot
Following each of the Park Friends’ programs, The Law Spot, a 13-part award-winning community legal education series will be re-broadcast, but only on PBA FM. The Law Spot project was kindly funded by the Law Foundation of South Australia For program information, and a series of Discussion Starters (prepared by Greg Carey from Flinders University in South Australia) for use after each of  The Law Spot programs, see the link to The Law Spot at the top of the homepage –

Each of the Park Friends programs will be added to this website, usually within two days of first broadcast on PBA FM. Go to the Programs menu and/or the Podcasts menu. Other information will be added as each program is broadcast.

Other SA Stations
This series is available free of charge to any Community Radio station in SA. Details of broadcasts on other stations will be added will be added when known.

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