A young Jill Bosro listening to Auntie Caroline Tiriman in a Tok Pisin broadcast on Radio Australia in the 1980s. Elizabeth Cox says "Radio Australia’s shortwave programs made the listener feel part of the nation, region and the world, and not forgotten, isolated and neglected, as they now often feel"
Submissions to the Australian Review of Broadcasting Services to Asia-Pacific have now closed. Development worker ELIZABETH COX provided the review panel with this grassroots perspective and has shared it with Pacific Media Watch and PNG Attitude
AUCKLAND - I am a citizen of Australia who has spent 40 years living in Papua New Guinea, working mainly in rural areas.
I was based in Angoram District of the East Sepik Province for 20 years and I have, for all of these decades, collaborated with rural teachers, village leaders, including women, youth leaders and community-based village health volunteers.
After my 20 years in Angoram, I spent a further 20 years in Wewak where I continued to work for rural development across all districts and in partnership with other provinces.
I have trained hundreds of community-based development workers over the years and admired their conviction to service their people through thick and thin, often working in difficult, dangerous and seriously under-resourced circumstances.
Together these thousands of people have brought health care, education, community peace and harmony, hope and optimism, to hundreds of rural villages and organisations.