Dr Christina Spurgeon (nominated by CBAA) is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication at the Queensland University of Technology. She has an enduring interest in the principles and practices of public access and participation in media and communications services, industries and public policy. This interest is reflected in a long and varied history of association with the community broadcasting sector. From volunteer program maker and cadet journalist at 2SER in the early '80s to co-chair of community TV licensee LINC TV in the late '90s, Christina has also served on the Board of the CBAA, and the CBAA's Standing Committee on Community Television. She was directly involved in lobbying to secure spectrum for community television in the transition from analogue to digital delivery platforms. Between 1999 and 2003 Christina also led another collaborative research partnership involving QUT, the CBAA, Briz 31, and the Australian Research Council. This project had a research training focus and made important and original contributions to policy debates about the role of quasi-market organisations such as community television in diverse media systems, and to participatory democracy. The partnership also led to the establishment of the Academic Stream of the CBAA's annual conference, and 3CMedia: Journal of Community, Citizen's, and Third Sector Media, a scholarly e-journal seeking to connect researchers, community media practitioners and the NGO sector. 3CMedia is published by the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia and Christina is its founding editor.

Christina also serves on the editorial board of leading media studies journal, Media International Australia. Her areas of research and teaching expertise include the implications of new media for media and communication industries and public policy. Her book, Advertising and New Media, was published by Routledge in 2008.

Christina's term as Board Member with the CMTO is from April 2011 until September 2013.

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Born in Cunnamulla, Adrienne was raised throughout Queensland in various towns including Maryborough, Mount Isa and Lockhart River. After leaving High School, she attended TAFE, and completed a Legal Office Traineeship with a Brisbane law firm. 

Adrienne moved to Mackay in 1992, and has since worked with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service, Mackay Community Employment Development Employment Project, Queensland’s Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, and currently manages Mackay’s Piccaninny Foster and Kinship Care Service in her role as Manager of Mackay and Regional Aboriginal and Islander Development Association (MARABISDA) Inc.

Her voluntary roles in community have included Directorships with the Mackay Aboriginal & Islander Health Service,  
MurriWatch (Brisbane), the Australian Indigenous Communications Association (AICA) Inc. and is currently the
Chairperson  of Mackay & District Aboriginal & Islander Media Association Ltd., who operate Mackay’s my105fm.

Adrienne has always been motivated to help her mob by sharing her learned knowledge with other in the community and address social injustice for Murris in the place where she lives.


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David Turrell is an enduring member of community media and is currently CEO of Life FM, where he was general manager for 6 years prior.

He was appointed CEO of Christian Media Australia in 2004-2012, where he represented and advocates the interests of Radio and TV stations, program producers and industry professionals. His strengths lie in strategy, leadership development and radio.





Joe De Luca

Joe De Luca (nominated by NEMBC) is the CEO of Darwin's mutlicultural broadcasting group the MBCNT.

As a Certified Practicing Accountant (FCPA) Joe has worked in both the NT Government and Commonwealth Government in a range of senior management responsibilities including delivery of Indigenous Programs in the NT.

Joe is passionate about promoting, preserving and maintaining cultural identity, language and heritage, having been a community radio broadcaster and an in-house trainer for over 25 years.

Joe is also a strong advocate for the Ethnic Community and promotes Territory issues on a national level at both the Federation of Ethnic Council of Australia (FECCA) and the National Ethnic Multicultural Broadcasters’ Council (NEMBC). Joe is currently the Treasurer of the NEMBC, and the Registrar of the NT Justices’ of the Peace Association. Joe's term as Board Member with the CMTO is from April 2013 until April 2016.


Melvin Lee

Melvin Grew up in the Hunter Region of NSW and pursued a high school teaching career (both Government and Catholic) spanning more that 25 years in Science, Mathematics and Technology in South West Sydney schools.
He resigned from Catholic Teaching service to move to Tasmania in 2004. Met up with local Community Broadcaster in May 2004 and started volunteering in presenting and technical operation at that station.
He then joined the Management Committee in 2006 and was treasurer and President in later years. Technical Achievements during his time were the station's first ever outside broadcast and the conversion from a Telstra Audio link to their transmitter to an UHF STL Unit. Also commissioned our translator service service into the Kingborough Region on 98.5 MHz FM. Started doing presenter training during those years also.
In October 2005 became employed at 7RPH, where he still works as Assistant (Production/Training/Volunteer) Manager. Conducted various training courses at 7RPH over the years and looks forward to continuing that.

He lives in the wilds of the Huon Valley in a minimalist existence and stays in Hobart during his (part time) working week.