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Collapse Issue 435 - 25 Dec 2017Issue 435 - 25 Dec 2017
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Liquor and Gaming to review interests at Sporties
Waterfront group asks Council to oppose development
Dredging 'largely ineffective', says residents' group
Christmas petrol prices consistently higher here
Council asks for beach erosion funds
Fitness stations installed by community association
Charge cover 85 per cent of centre costs
Council seeks report on asbestos disposal best practice
Illegal camping and littering targeted
Library work on schedule
Surf club stalwart dies
Council awaits lagoon plan approval
Grants for community groups
Woy Woy masterplan due in 2020
Community carols on Hardys Bay waterfront
Carols at Dusk to be held at Peninsula Village
Community group granted rate relief
Surf club to support Coast Shelter youth cottage
Beach wheelchairs available for disability use
Peninsula works program boosted by $2.2 million
General manager will replace chief executive officer
Council sets up six advisory committees
Apprentice completes jewellery certificate
Holiday reading book sale
Car break-ins investigated
Council offices to close for Christmas
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Too much traffic in Hillview St already
Aerial view is misleading
Why have guidelines if the council doesn't follow them
Jetskis threaten peace of tourist destination
Rates for our roadworks have gone elsewhere
Only system changes could make councillors responsive
Party councillors have been missing in action
ABC Radio Nation is under threat
Collapse  HEALTH HEALTH
New doctor joins skin cancer clinic
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Chris Masters speaks of our forces in Afghanistan
Artist creates Christmas wildlife theme display
Children's activities at Pearl Beach in January
Collapse  EDUCATION EDUCATION
More than $20,000 raised at Woy Woy
Deadly awards at Woy Woy campus
Building work at Woy Woy over the holidays
Ettalong announces next year's leaders
Teachers leave Umina school
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Jemma and Rachel named for State squad
Surf club to get new tractor
Life membership for services to zone bowls
Last charity bowls day for the year
Jemma takes leader role
Mixed pairs final
Sea kayaker nominated for award

ABC Radio Nation is under threat

ABC Radio National is under attack, so much so that it will probably cease to exist, according to the Sydney Morning Herald (December 9).

I cannot envisage life in Australia without ABC RN.

It is my window on the world; it introduces me to some of the best minds from both within Australia and around the world.

Although not religious, Andrew West's "Religion and Ethics Report" helps to widen my horizons, understand different points of view and above all it makes me more compassionate and empathetic.

The "Health Report" keeps me up to date with medical matters so that I can have more enlightened discussions with my GP instead of wasting her time.

Geraldine Dooghue and Phillip Adams don't just educate me with their fantastic guests, but they lead me to a reading list I will never be able to complete.

Waleed Ali makes me think in different ways about some of today's problems.

"Away" introduces me to an ancient Australian culture from which we have much to learn.

What is happening to ABC management that they pursue ratings and try to just appeal to the young and global market?

Bigger doesn't necessarily mean better.

Management does not realise that in so doing they are losing a consistent, reliable audience.

Isn't it the job of the ABC to educate and enlighten citizens which leads to a brighter, informed and cohesive society?

It seems inconceivable that ABC management is so divorced from its public, pursuing its own agenda, that it does not recognise the quiet but significant impact that the Radio National Network has on the nation.

We may not have the ratings of Triple J but does that mean that we don't matter; that our needs are not to be considered?

Radio National is essential for the National Conversation.

As our culture seemingly becomes brasher, noisier and triter, RN gains in importance.

The ABC should not be chasing ratings it should be providing for those citizens ignored by other stations because it is our democratic right and part of the ABC charter.

It is just not older listeners either.

There are countless people in regional and remote areas who are dependent on the ABC, for their intellectual stimulus and culture.

There are middle aged citizens who listen to RN and/or podcasts, use them in their work e.g. educating students, teaching English to migrants and yes, discussing them at their dinner table conversations.

RN followers must let ABC management know that this cannot be allowed to happen.

Management must return from whichever world it is they are living on and retain Radio National as a network.

If not, I fear that it will not just be RN which will disappear but the ABC itself.

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