Welcome to our new Board members Dane Waters & Sharon Babyack!

January 22, 2024
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We are excited to welcome our newest CBF Board Directors, Dane Waters and Sharon Babyack, who bring decades of experience, knowledge and passion for community media to the CBF and the community broadcasting sector.

Dane Waters

Dane Waters has been working in the community media sector for over 16 years supporting community radio stations in rural and remote Western Australia and around the world in Indonesia and the Philippines.  Dane is the CEO of Health Communication Resources Inc. a health promotion charity that supports communities to use the power of community media to build healthier communities.  He has worked in all areas of community media from training, product development, broadcast and governance.

For the past ten years, Dane has been based in regional and remote Western Australia supporting First Nations media and other remote community radio stations.  Dane is keen to help build a strong community media sector in Australia.

Sharon Babyack

Sharon Babyack is the General manager of Impact and Strategy at Community First Development, a national First Nations’ community development and research organisation.  She is a values-led executive, with over twenty years experience within leadership, strategic management, advocacy and research focusing on positively impacting the lives of everyday Australians.  Sharon was a voluntary Director (2012–15) and breakfast radio presenter (2015-16) for 1WAYFM.  She is an accomplished strategist with a track record of growth and transformation.

Sharon has developed a research and advocacy group which has served as an influential voice within a complex political landscape.  She is well regarded for her work in ethical practice.  Across her career, she has actively engaged with emerging policy and political issues to inform critical decision making.  Her experience includes over a decade of advisory support and research at the Senate, working in social policy at the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet and almost a decade in the for-purpose sector, with a passionate interest in innovation, collaboration, communication and the arts to inform and improve outcomes.

We look forward to working closely with Sharon and Dane to progress CBF’s mission in championing community broadcasting and the vital role it plays at the heart of every community.