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The Learning Works Project

Learning Works is the Adult Community Education strategy of PBA FM in the Adelaide suburb of Salisbury, South Australia. Since 2005, several funded projects have been produced, in addition to the weekly Learning Works programs broadcast weekly from 2005 to 2011. The Learning Works Project is produced and presented by Tony Ryan.

Here are links to current and recent projects. Details of earlier projects will be found here.

Living Outback (2013)

Details of this 15-part series will be added to this website in the weeks prior to broadcast from the first week of April 2013. Living Outback is produced with support from the Community Broadcasting Foundation.

The Big Screen (2011 - 2013)

The monthly film reviews, by journalist, writer and TV Director John J McGowan, are heard on the first Thursday of each month, at 1030am (Central Australian Time) on PBA FM – 89.7 on the FM band in Adelaide. The Big Screen is also heard via live streaming through John’s earlier film reviews, broadcast from 2005 in Learning Works, will be found here.

Park Friends (2012, and repeated in 2013)

With funding from the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board, the Park Friends project was produced in consultation with the Friends of Blackhill and Morialta Inc. Park Friends is scheduled for a repeat broadcast from early July 2013.

The Law Spot – Young People, Parents and Schools (2011, and repeated in 2012)

Funded by The Law Foundation of South Australia, this award-winning series looks at rights and responsibilities, and a detailed look at young people and their use of digital technology.

Learning Works (2005 – 2011)

Developed as a Community Learning radio and internet initiative, with support from the ACE and Community Partnerships Unit of the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology in South Australia, the weekly radio program Learning Works had two main strands of programs:

Strand 1 – A Learning Society

Learning Works will showcase - in its many forms - adult learning in action, and feature the learning journeys and transitions of adults who have returned to learning, or who have overcome disadvantage of many kinds to achieve their goals, including and especially in the workplace.

Strand 2 - Community Learning Resources

Learning Works will develop radio and online audio Community Learning resources in a variety of areas, including health, media, science, social history, justice and legal issues. Educators in schools and in adult education, as well as individual listeners with an interest in utilizing mp3 audio and related online files, are invited to visit the Learning Works website


PBA FM acknowledges the assistance of the South Australian Government for the Learning Works project, through the ACE and Community Partnerships Unit of the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology.

PBA FM also gratefully acknowledges additional funding or support from

• Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board
• Adult Learning Australia
• Aged Rights Advocacy Service
• Australian College of Educators
• Australian Council for Adult Literacy
• Australian Society of Archivists
• Community Broadcasting Foundation
• Community Centres South Australia
• Office of the Commissioner for Victims’ Rights
• SA Dept of Families and Communities
• The Law Foundation of South Australia
• Workers Educational Association of SA (WEA Adult Learning)

Website Manager

The Learning Works website is in the very capable hands of Barbara Campion.

Producer / Presenter

The Learning Works project is coordinated for PBA FM in Adelaide by Tony Ryan.

Brief CV Recent media awards


For earlier items in Latest News, please click here.

05 January 2013
The Big Screen returns to PBA FM

After a short summer break, The Big Screen returns to PBA FM, together with an updated section on the Learning Works’ website. Heard on air at 10.30am on the first Thursday of each month, John McGowan’s film reviews can also be heard on our live-streaming facility, and now both transcript and podcast will be available within a few days of broadcast, on the Learning Works website.

14 November 2012
Living Outback

With funding from the Community Broadcasting Foundation, production is now in progress of Living Outback, a 15-part series which looks at issues facing rural and remote communities around Australia. Interviews are being recorded in NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and throughout South Australia. Living Outback goes to air from early April, so please come back to this site for further information closer to the time.

02 October 2012
Portrayal of Indigenous Australians in Film

John J McGowan presents The Big Screen each month on PBA FM. John is currently in Stuttgart Germany, presenting a paper on the portrayal of Indigenous Australians in films, from Jedda through to The Sapphires.

18 July 2012
Park Friends Award

It is pleasing to report that the Park Friends project has been recognized in the UNAA Environmental Media Awards, at a presentation in Melbourne, to mark World Environment Day. This PBA FM entry was in good company, with an entry from SBS TV, and one from ABC TV which won the award. It was good to see a finalist from the Community Radio sector.

01 April 2012
Park Friends

Produced with funding from the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board, and with the help of many members of Friends of Black Hill and Morialta Inc, Park Friends goes to air from Monday 02 April 2012. Podcasts will be added to this site as the series progresses – see Park Friends

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