Memorandum Of Understanding Signed For Emergency Broadcasts

Memorandum Of Understanding Signed For Emergency Broadcasts

Victoria Deputy Premier Peter Ryan

Victoria Minister for Bushfire Response Peter Ryan

Radio Mansfield And Alpine Radio Now Official Emergency Broadcasters

Victor P Taffa

Radio Mansfield and Alpine Radio will play a significant role in alerting the community about floods, bushfires and other emergencies with the signing of a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for emergency broadcasting with the Victorian Coalition Government.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Bushfire Response Peter Ryan said Radio Mansfield and Alpine Radio would play a crucial role during emergency events.

“In any emergency the most important information is local information and the addition of Radio Mansfield and Alpine Radio as emergency broadcasters will increase the reach of local community warnings.” Mr. Ryan said.

“The Victorian Government is proud to partner with both radio stations, which are well-established and are located in bushfire-affected communities.”

“Radio Mansfield and Alpine Radio will be a strong link between local emergency services and the local community, boosting emergency messaging to communities in times of need.” Mr. Ryan said.

The agreements are similar to the MOUs currently in place between the emergency services and a number of broadcast outlets including:

  • UGFM – Radio Murrinidindi,
  • Stereo 974,
  • Plenty Valley FM,
  • ABC local radio,
  • Commercial radio stations,
  • Sky News TV.

Mr. Ryan said while all Radio Stations had access to emergency information, under the MOU agreement, Radio Mansfield and Alpine Radio would break programming to broadcast emergency warnings at the request of the emergency services, and move to continuous coverage in some circumstances.

Radio Mansfield transmits on 99.7 FM to areas of the Mansfield Shire, including Mansfield, Goughs Bay, Tolmie and Maindample, while Alpine Radio broadcasts on 96.5 FM to areas of the Alpine Shire, including Mount Beauty, Bright, Harrietville and Falls Creek.

The Office of the Emergency Services Commissioner has invited all Victorian community broadcasters to enter into emergency broadcasting MOUs with the government, subject to their capabilities.