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The CBAA 2012 Conference: Access All Areas has kicked off with a bang! The SYN bloggers– or “kids” as a representative from North West FM called us – commandeered a table up the back, close to the all-important powerpoints. Greens MP Adam Bandt gave the opening address, mentioning the strength of community radio in Melbourne and how nice it was to be in a room full of community radio enthusiasts (hear hear!). Although he normally sits on the other side of the desk now, Bandt reminded us that he was once operating the panel at 3CR. Voicing the opinions of many in the room, Bandt stressed that community radio plays a vital role in the Australian media landscape, making our society more inclusive and bringing local issues to fore. At 9.19am, Bandt was the first to say that community radio runs on the smell of an oily rag, a cliche that is unfortunately all too true.

Wurundjeri Elder, Uncle Bill Nicholson was running a little late, but when he arrived, he gave a great welcome to country, speaking of the importance of language, cross-cultural communication and storytelling.

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@bekfast‘s visual representation of the first #CBAA2012 plenary


SYN Media will be providing extensive coverage of the main plenaries and panels at #CBAA2012. Follow @LiveSYN and @_CBX_ for the latest and the hashtag #CBAA2012 on Twitter.

Here are some of the key moments to follow and join the conversation online:

Friday November 16

9:00am-10:30am EST – Welcome and keynote address

The big opener for #CBAA2012 is presented from Greens MP Adam Bandt and shareholder activist Stephen Mayne. Adam Bandt has been a long time supporter of community media in his role as Federal MP and Stephen Mayne is known as the founder of Crikey and a long standing business journalist, publisher and activist. How will Adam and Stephen interpret the theme of “Access All Areas”? Follow along at #CBAA2012 from 9am Friday.

11:00am-12:30pm EST – Content, Development and Making Media

We’ll hear the latest community radio listening figures from MacNair Ingenuity‘s Matt Balogh and we’ll host a panel discussion looking at the role of community radio and what makes it work. Where does community radio fit in the converging media environment? How does community media reflect community interests and attitudes? What makes it unique? How might “content development” be defined? Join us in discussing these questions at #CBAA2012 on Twitter.

4:00pm-5:30pm EST – Turn Up Your Radio

APRA Ambassador Rebecca Barnard will talk about the role of community radio and Australian music and we’ll have a panel discussion about the role of radio in “music discovery” and changes in music production, distribution and consumption. What role does Community Radio play in profiling and supporting Australian music? Do we still need radio quotas? Who are the “taste makers” in the 21st century? Join us in discussing these questions at #CBAA2012 on Twitter.

Saturday November 17

9:00am-11:00am EST – Building Capacity

Senator Scott Ludlam is the Australian Greens Spokesperson for Communications and is another long time supporter of community media. He’ll share his spin on “Access All Areas” and we’ll also have a panel discussion about sector development issues and resources including national projects. What are the critical areas for sector development in the current media environment? What’s the role of national infrastructure for local broadcasters? How do we use scarce resources to support the development and profile of Community Broadcasting? Join us in discussing these questions at #CBAA2012 on Twitter.

7:00pm EST onwards – The Voxies

Community Broadcasting’s Gala Awards dinner. We’ll tweet the winners and big moments across the night at #CBAA2012 on Twitter.

Sunday November 18

9:30am-11:00am EST – The Breakfast Session with Tony Wilson

Tony Wilson is known to many Melburnians for his 6 year stint on RRR’s Breakfasters. He’ll help wrap up proceedings and lead us into the final plenary and business of “Access All Areas”. Follow at #CBAA2012 on Twitter.