• Project Management
  • Research & Analysis
  • Writing & Editing
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Design & Web Development
  • Webinar Delivery

The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) needed a specialist in politics and communications to create a resource for their members – over 100 community radio broadcasters across Australia.

CBAA knew that the relationships community radio stations have with their local politicians were extremely important, but many stations were unsure how to go about creating and developing these relationships.

As a result, CBAA engaged SansIcarus in 2015 to design and deliver a Political Engagement Toolkit, to act as a key resource for community radio stations in their interactions with members of parliament.

Working with of a variety of CBAA’s members, we created a suite of materials, centring on a booklet that drilled down into what CBAA’s members wanted and needed to know, providing them with the tools they need to engage with politicians.

Accompanied by factsheets, promotional flyers, magazine articles and web content, the political engagement toolkit was launched at the CBAA’s 2015 annual conference, immediately receiving a positive response from community radio stations.

In 2016 CBAA brought SansIcarus back to present a series of webinars to CBAA members to help reinforce the toolkit’s content and answer any direct questions their members had.


Mark’s expertise in NGO consultation, communications, understanding and explaining the political system, content and design resulted in a resource not only that the CBAA was very happy with, but also had strong positive feedback from target users.

 Mark was easy to work with, organised, worked under budget and delivered on time. He was respectful to the diverse views of stakeholders at all times. The CBAA would use Mark again and would definitely recommend his services to other organisations.

Joel Pringle – CBAA Policy & Advocacy Officer


"Having Mark in the business is like having a dial-an-expert in place. He is a pleasure to work with, friendly, punctual and importantly delivers the goods when you need them."

− Fiona Cook, Gasoline Pony

"Mark brought to our discussions valuable insights and a refreshing frankness. He has a deep understanding of local communities, whether rural, regional or metro, and what makes them tick."

− Maree O’Rourke - COA Executive Director 2013-15

"Mark is smart, creative, strategic and produces beautiful work. He understands what a project needs and gives strong, straight advice to make it happen."

− Sylvie Ellsmore, former Marrickville councillor.

"Mark demonstrated technical prowess, attention to detail and a discerning political mind. He is an excellent communicator, a good listener and a collaborative worker."

− Lynne Joslyn

"Working with Mark was great, he really listened to what we wanted. He was friendly, helpful calm and professional and we would highly recommend him and his work."

− Lauren Porter & Mark Lockwood



Mark started SansIcarus in 2013, following years of experience in hospitality management, as an English teacher and examiner, and most recently as a political communications and policy adviser.

Working with a talented team of writers, designers and developers, Mark helps businesses, organisations and community groups get their message out there – helping good people do good things, better.

If you need to expand the range of people you’re talking to, or develop better relationships with the people you already know, that’s where SansIcarus can help.

Get in touch today and we’ll grab a tea or coffee and talk about what you’re trying to do.

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