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WORKING TOGETHER TO MANAGE EMERGENCIES - OUR GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSE TO NATIONAL DISASTERS Posted: Tue 24th Jan 2006 - 15:01

We live in a country that is prone to a range of destructive and life-threatening hazards. Bushfires, floods, heatwaves, storms, cyclones, and earthquakes are all disasters that plague Australia, causing serious damage, costing a formidable amount of money, and affecting the way in which we live. Over the last few years, natural disasters are not the only hazards we have to be concerned about. The threat of terrorism has swept not only through Australia, but throughout all the countries of the world. During the 2004 Federal Election Campaign, the Australian Government announced a new policy initiative "Working Together to Manage Emergencies." This new policy was established in recognition of these dangerous hazards, and to recognise the need to develop and maintain a confidence at both community and local government levels in order to enhance community safety. This policy provides rural communities and volunteer groups that dedicate their lives to protecting their towns, cities and country a chance to improve conditions and upgrade to modern systems.

According to The Emergency Management of Australia (The Attorney-General's Department), increasing involvement and awareness of local communities in emergency management is a vital step in preparing our country for diasters and emergencies of all types, improving systems and funding volunteer groups.

"The Australian Government initiative, "Working Together to Manage Emergencies" provides $49 million over four years to support communities, local governments and volunteer organisations in the development of strategies to improve community safety and to improve training for volunteers involved in emergency management.

The policy committed to establishing a $33 million Local Government Security Partnership Programme to:

  • Develop a National Strategic Plan in partnership between the Australian Government, State Governments and local government to provide an all-hazards, community wide planning framework which complements State and other Australian Government programs to minimise the effects of emergencies and disasters through effective planning and readiness strategies, supported by a range of appropriate measures;

  • Establish a Local Grants Scheme to assist communities to develop and implement emergency risk management initiatives, enhance protective measures for critical infrastructure and provide emergency management and security awareness training for staff working in local government; and
  • Establish an Office of Local Government Emergency Management within Emergency Management Australia (EMA). EMA is a Division in the Australian Government Attorney-General's Department that provides national leadership in the development of emergency management measures to reduce risk to communities and manage the consequences of emergencies and disasters. The Office has been established in EMA as the Community Development Branch.

    The new policy initiative also recognised that some 500,000 people in Australia volunteer their services in an emergency management capacity, and 350,000 of those are directly involved in emergency first response, principally through the various rural fire services and State Emergency Services. In the event of an emergency or disaster, be it natural, technological or human-caused, our emergency services volunteer pool will play a significant role in assisting the community to prepare for, respond to and recover from such an event.

    In recognition of that role, the Government will commit $16 million over four years to establish the National Emergency Volunteer Support Fund to boost the recruitment, skills and training of volunteer organisations at the frontline of emergency management."

    How does my community organisation receive funding?
    The Government has created grant applications that are available to any eligible organisations for funding. In 2005/06 the Fire & Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia received $100,000.00 to develop and implement strategic pastoral station bush fire management in the Kimberley. In New South Wales, the Ballina Shire Council received $10,000.00 to install and replace flood markers for Lower Richmond River. The South Australian city of Charles Sturt received $42,500.00 to fund a community flood awareness and education program, and the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service received $45,000.00 for construction of training facilities. In Queensland, the Caboolture Shire Council received a $50,000.00 grant for a Caboolture Shire Council and Redcliffe City Council Storm Tide Hazard Study. The Gannawarra Shire Council in Victoria received $30,000.00 to develop and implement a plan to expand activities for prevention, response and recovery for bushfires on Gunbower Island. The Hobart City Council in Tasmania also received $30,000.00 for implementation of a critical infrastructure security risk assessment. The Australian Capital Territory State Emergency Service received a $20,000.00 grant for a Storm Safe community education campaign.

    Victorian Radio Station STEREO 974 (WESTERN RADIO BROADCASTERS INCORPORATED) was granted in December 2005 $49,400.00 in funding for their Emergency Response / Recovery Broadcasting / Early Warning System. STEREO 974 is a community Not for Profit Incorporated Association, staffed by Volunteers. As stated on their website: "First and foremost, we are 'by the community, for the community'". STEREO 974 operate 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and provide a high standard of broadcasting to an extremely diverse cultural and linguistic audience within the Victorian community. The volunteer-driven radio station plays an important role in Emergency Response Broadcasting for the state. Being available 24 hours a day 7 days a week means the station is on emergency call out should the need arise. STEREO 974 has always had a flexible outlook towards programming, and their commitment to Emergency Response Broadcasting both in Ethnic and English Languages places the station in a position whereby they can service the needs of the community and listeners. With this financial assistance under the "Working Together to Manage Emergencies Policy, it will enable STEREO 974 to further enhance their Emergency Response and Recovery Role.

    General Manager for STEREO 974 Rod Boyd said receiving this grant is a phenomenal boost for the community station.

    "For nine years we have worked extensively in building a commitment to emergency services across Victoria. With the aid of this grant we can take this commitment to the next level," he said.

    "With this grant, we will be able to further train our volunteers, purchase new equipment, and promote the station to heighten community awareness."

    There are two programs established that offer the funding - the Local Grants Scheme and the National Emergency Volunteer Support Fund.

    The Local Grants Scheme
    According to the Government's Emergency Management of Australia department:

    "The Local Grants Scheme provides grants to fund projects that enhance the capability of communities to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters arising from any hazard where those projects may not be covered by other existing Australian Government programs."

    There is a grant cap of $50,000 on this scheme, but can be exceeded if the venture is deemed a worthwhile opportunity that could greatly benefit the community.

    The National Emergency Volunteer Support Fund
    Attorney General The Honourable Phillip Ruddock MP states: "As we know, in the event of emergencies and disasters, whether it is a natural or human cause, our Volunteer pool plays a significant role in assisting the Community to respond and recover. I want to place on record the Australian Government's thanks to all those Organisations, in particular the Volunteers, whose efforts help to keep our Communities safer and more secure. The value of our Volunteers cannot be quantified. Volunteers do not ask for financial reward for their tireless work, but they deserve every bit of recognition and assistance they get. I commend all applicants for their commitment to improving Community Safety and wish the Recipients of funding every success with their projects".

    The National Emergency Volunteer Support Fund provides grants to fund projects that aim to increase recruitment, retention and training strategies of volunteer organisations at the frontline of emergency management and, within guidelines established by State emergency management authorities, fund capital equipment.

    Like for the Local Grants Scheme, funds are capped to $50,000, with this amount available for each individual grant. Again, this cap may be exceeded if the project is considered to be cost effective with measurable high value returns to the volunteer organisation and the community.

    Conditions of Application
    As stated on the Emergency Management of Australia website, grants are available under the National Emergency Volunteer Support Fund to member agencies of the Australian Emergency Management Volunteer Forum and any agencies that have a defined role in State or Territory Response and Recovery Plans. Agencies seeking grants should confirm their eligibility with their State or Territory.

    How to apply
  • Read the National Emergency Volunteer Support Fund Guidelines.
  • Seek advice from your State or Territory Contact if required.
  • Complete the National Emergency Volunteer Support Fund Application Form.
  • E-mail completed application to your Parent Agency, and post a signed hard copy to your State or Territory Contact by the closing date.

    Closing date for applications
    An electronic copy via e-mail must be received by your Parent Agency no later than 5 pm Friday 3 March 2006. You are also required to post a signed hard copy of your application to your State or Territory Contact by the closing date. Late applications may not be considered.

    It is essential that the guidelines of the application process are read before filling out an application form. These guidelines are available from the website http://www.ema.gov.au/. If after reading the Guidelines you would like further information, or advice in relation to completing the application form, please phone or e-mail your State or Territory Contact. Alternatively, you may contact the Community Development Branch, Emergency Management Australia by e-mail cd@ema.gov.au or phone (02) 6256 4736.

  • Please address all enquiries to:
    ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

    PROGRAM CHANGES Posted: Tue 24th Jan 2006 - 11:01

    STEREO 974 announced today that they are increasing again their Ethnic Language Programming with the addition of a MACEDONIAN LANGUAGE PROGRAM which will go to air every FRIDAY between the hours of 6pm and 8pm, commencing Friday 20 January 2006. This additional Ethnic Language Program will further cement and enhance STEREO 974's commitment to the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities in our broadcast area.

    "STEREO 974 has always had a flexible outlook towards programming which places us in a position whereby we can service the needs of our community and listeners. STEREO 974 adheres to our motto of - "By the community for the community".

    STEREO 974, is every mindful that we broadcast to an area where 46% of Households speak a language other than English at home, hence our involvement with Community Groups, Ethnic Youth, and Emerging Communities.

    Please address all enquiries to:
    ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

    WORLD NEWS STARTS 16 JANUARY 2006 Posted: Wed 4th Jan 2006 - 16:01

    STEREO 974 is thrilled to announce that from Monday 16 JANUARY 2006, we will be broadcasting a quality World News Service in English Language, Monday to Friday 8am until 8-30am.

    STEREO 974, is every mindful that we broadcast to an area where 46% of Households speak a language other than English at home, hence our involvement with Community Groups, Ethnic Youth, and Emerging Communities.

    Please address all enquiries to:
    ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

    OUTSIDE BROADCAST - METROPOLITAN FIRE BRIGADE, OPEN DAY FOR THE MALTESE COMMMUNITY Posted: Wed 4th Jan 2006 - 15:01

    General Manager of STEREO 974 Mr Rod Boyd announced today that "STEREO 974 was thrilled to be part of the METROPOLITAN FIRE BRIGADE, OPEN DAY FOR THE MALTESE COMMMUNITY AT SUNSHINE FIRE STATION, 30 Mc INTYRE ROAD SUNSHINE, ON SUNDAY 5 MARCH 2006, where we will broadcast live from 1pm until 5pm from our Outside Broadcast Van.

    This outside broadcast will feature interviews with Maltese Community Leaders and Metropolitan Fire Brigade Personnel. The broadcast will be conducted by our very popular Maltese Announcers. Some of the features of the day which will start at 11am and finished at 5pm, includes the following.


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  • Charlie & the Band
  • Jumping Castle & Gifts for Children.
  • Live Demonstrations from M.F.B.
  • Home Fire Safety Displays.
  • Smoke House
  • Smoke Buster Information Bus.
  • Show Bags.
  • Free Food & Drinks.
  • Local Council Information Stalls
  • Maltese Community Council of Victoria Information Stall
  • STEREO 974 OUTSIDE BROADCAST 1pm until 5pm.

  • "STEREO 974 has always had a flexible outlook towards programming which places us in a position whereby we can service the needs of our community and listeners. STEREO 974 adheres to our motto of - "By the community for the community".

    STEREO 974, is every mindful that we broadcast to an area where 46% of Households speak a language other than English at home, hence our involvement with Community Groups, Ethnic Youth, and Emerging Communities. The Maltese Community have always been and continue to be great supporters of STEREO 974.

    Please address all enquiries to:
    ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

    STEREO 974 RECEIVES MEDIA AWARD FROM FOOTSCRAY POLICE Posted: Mon 12th Dec 2005 - 16:12

    STEREO 974 is thrilled to have been awarded a FOOTSCRAY POLICE APPRECIATION AWARD, for our support of the Footscray Police during the past year.

    The Award Presentation took place this morning at the Footscray Police Station, representing STEREO 974, was VIET TRAN (Vietnamese Program Conveynor/ Producer/Announcer and ROD BOYD (General Manager).The award was presented on behalf of Footscray Police by Officer in Charge, Senior Sergeant BILL WEATHERLY, Leading Senior Constable CRAIG SPICER and Senior Constable RICHARD DOVE (Multicultural Liason Officers, Region Two Victoria Police).

    STEREO 974, are now broadcasting every week 58 Hours of Ethnic Programming, including 4 Hours of Ethnic Youth Programming, and 6 Hours of Emerging Ethnic Communities Programs. The Ethnic Community are great supporters of STEREO 974, and numerous Ethnic Community Associations and Groups, are actively involved in this programming.

    STEREO 974, is every mindful that we broadcast to an area where 46% of Households speak a language other than English at home, hence our involvement with Community Groups, Ethnic Youth, and Emerging Communities.

    As a Volunteer based Not For Profit Incorporated Association, STEREO 974, would like to thank the FOOTSCRAY POLICE for this Award.

    Please address all enquiries to:
    ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

    STEREO 974 RECEIVES FUNDING UNDERTHE GOVERNMENTS 'WORKING TOGETHER TO MANAGE EMERGENCIES INITIATIVE' Posted: Thu 8th Dec 2005 - 16:12

    Attorney General The Honourable Phillip Ruddock MP, today announced at Parliament House Canberra the successful projects to be funded under the Governments Working Together to Manage Emergencies Policy.
    He went on to say "As we know, in the event of emergencies and disasters, whether it is a natural or human caused, our Volunteer pool plays a significant role in assisting the Community to respond and recover. I want to place on record the Australian Governments thanks to all those Organisations, in particular the Volunteers, whose efforts help to keep our Communities safer and more secure. The value of our Volunteers cannot be quantified. Volunteers do not ask for financial reward for their tireless work, but they deserve every bit of recognition and assistance they get. I commend all applicants for their commitment to improving Community Safety and wish the Recipients of funding every success with their projects".

    STEREO 974 (WESTERN RADIO BROADCASTERS INCORPORATED), will receive $49,484-00 in funding re Emergency Response / Recovery Broadcasting / Early Warning System.

    STEREO 974 has always had a flexible outlook towards programming, and our commitment to Emergency Response Broadcasting both in Ethnic and English Languages places us in a position whereby we can service the needs of our community and listeners. With this financial assistance under the "Working Together to Manage Emergencies Policy, it will enable STEREO 974 to further enhance our Emergency Response and Recovery Role.

    STEREO 974 acknowledges and thanks the Government for their on-going support via this Grant, and likewise to the Community Broadcasting Foundation Limited, for their continuing support.

    Please address all enquiries to:
    ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

    STEREO 974 HITS THE "BIG SCREEN" Posted: Tue 6th Dec 2005 - 16:12

    General Manager of STEREO 974, Mr Rod Boyd said today "STEREO 974 is thrilled to have been involved in the filming of an Australian Film that will be released in 2006.

    The STEREO 974 purpose built Outside Broadcast Van was utilised for the filming with took place in a North Western Suburb, last Friday 2 December.

    More details will be revealed at a later date.

    Please address all enquiries to:
    ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

    WORLD NEWS COMING SOON Posted: Thu 24th Nov 2005 - 16:11

    STEREO 974 is thrilled to announce that shortly we will be broadcasting a quality World News Service in English Language, Monday to Friday 8am until 8-30am. The date for commencement of the STEREO 974 WORLD NEWS SERVICE will be announced shortly.

    STEREO 974, is every mindful that we broadcast to an area where 46% of Households speak a language other than English at home, hence our involvement with Community Groups, Ethnic Youth, and Emerging Communities.

    Please address all enquiries to:
    ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

    STEREO 974 RECEIVES "VICTORIA'S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS" Posted: Tue 22nd Nov 2005 - 16:11

    General Manager of STEREO 974, Mr Rod Boyd said today "STEREO 974 is thrilled to have been successfully nominated for a VICTORIA'S AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS. The presentation will take place at Government House, Melbourne, by the Governor of Victoria Mr. John Landy, on Friday 2 December 2005.

    STEREO 974, are now broadcasting every week 58 Hours of Ethnic Programming, including 4 Hours of Ethnic Youth Programming, and 6 Hours of Emerging Ethnic Communities Programs. The Ethnic Community are great supporters of STEREO 974, and numerous Ethnic Community Associations and Groups, are actively involved in this programming.

    STEREO 974, is every mindful that we broadcast to an area where 46% of Households speak a language other than English at home, hence our involvement with Community Groups, Ethnic Youth, and Emerging Communities.

    Please address all enquiries to:
    ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

    STEREO 974 SUPPORTS THE BRETT FLANNERY BENEFIT, BY PROVIDING COMMUNITY SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS ON-AIR AND DONATING A SPONSORSHIP PACKAGE FOR AUCTION ON THE BENEFIT NIGHT. Posted: Thu 27th Oct 2005 - 11:10

    On the 15 September, Brett Flannery was involved in a serious Fork Lift accident, which has left him hospitalised and in a coma.

    A Fund Raising Night will be held at the Moonee Valley Racecourse, Celebrity Room on the 10 November, there's a 2 Course Dinner, Live Music, Auctions and Raffles, Cost $60 per person and Drinks at Bar Prices.

    All money raised on the night will benefit Bretts Wife and Newborn Son.

    If you can donate items for the Auction, or for bookings and enquiries, please call Andrew on 9650-9511, that's 9650-9511.

    'STEREO 974 Caring for Our Community'

    Moonee Valley Racecourse - Celebrity RoomMelway Ref: 84A F2
    10th November 2005
    6:30pm for 7:30pm start – Midnight
  • Two course dinner
  • Live music
  • Auctions and raffles (EFTPOS, credit
  • card & cash only)
  • $60 per person
  • $600 per table
  • Drinks at bar prices
  • Dress: Smart casual
  • Family and friends welcome
  • For ticket purchases and enquiries contact Vanessa Lefebure
    Direct: (03) 9650 9511
    Email: lefeburev@acumenalliance.com.au

    Please address all enquiries to:
    ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

    COMMUNITY BROADCASTING WILL BE VITAL TO THE SUCCESS OF DIGITAL RADIO Posted: Tue 18th Oct 2005 - 11:10

    The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) welcomes the announcement last week by the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts of the policy framework for the introduction of digital radio.

    The policy framework was launched at the Commercial Radio Australia conference by the Minister for Communications, Senator Helen Coonan but it represents a blueprint for the radio industry itself and acknowledges the vital role of community broadcasters in the digital future, stating that:-

    "Without a coordinated approach and the involvement of existing commercial radio broadcasters, the two national broadcasters and community broadcasters, digital radio is unlikely to be a viable consumer proposition."

    The CBAA’s General Manager Barry Melville welcomed the Minister’s announcement saying:-

    "The Government’s policy framework is an affirmation of the vital role that community broadcasting plays in upholding diversity in the broadcasting industry."
    Mr Melville acknowledged that the inclusion of community broadcasting in the policy framework reflects years of work by the CBAA and its member stations, the culmination of 15 years of consideration, trials, planning and analysis.

    "So this is a necessary first step for the Government in meeting its commitment to include community broadcasting in the digital radio environment on a basis affordable to not-for-profit community broadcasting stations," said Mr Melville, "... and the CBAA will continue to push for the further development of digital, particularly in regional Australia where stations are keen to supply new and innovative services for their listeners."
    The Government has foreshadowed funding support in the context of its Budget deliberations but it stops short of specific financial commitment. The CBAA appreciates the prospect of funding support but there must be appropriate levels of funding to ensure that the community broadcasting sector is not left behind.

    One key element of the policy is that digital radio is considered an ‘add on’ to analogue radio – not a replacement. This provides current broadcasters the opportunity to provide fresh and innovative services on the digital platform, while still broadcasting their current programs on analogue.

    "This is really exciting for community broadcasters" said Mr Melville "It was community broadcasters who first developed the use of the FM spectrum in the 70’s and in recent years we have developed a national content distribution platform called the Digital Delivery Network. The introduction of digital services allows us again be at the leading edge."
    Key elements of the policy framework are that:

  • digital radio will supplement existing analogue radio services (and may never be a complete replacement).

  • State capital cities will get initial planning priority and it appears that ‘wide-coverage community broadcasters’ are treated equally to commercial and national stations.

  • Other non-capital city areas will be considered at a later stage.

  • Eureka 147 will be the primary platform and it is anticipated that VHF Band III will primarily be used for digital radio transmissions.

  • L Band is likely to be used for infill and for localised services (including sub-metropolitan community services).

    The full transcript of Senator Coonan’s speech can be found at:
    http://www.minister.dcita.gov.au/media/speeches/digital_radio_-_commercial_radio_australia_conferenceFor more more on the CBAA’s response to the policy framework visit www.cbaa.org.au

  • Please address all enquiries to:
    ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

    NEW SPORTS SHOW Posted: Thu 18th Aug 2005 - 11:08

    After Ten years, the Puma Sports Show has ended it's Saturday Morning run at STEREO 974. Sports fans however aren't forgotten with a brand new Saturday Sports Beat presented by 20 year radio veteran Mark Brunger who brings a wealth of experience to the STEREO 974 airwaves.
    From 8am every Saturday Mark hosts a two hour Sports Show aimed at the Western Suburbs -the Western Region Football League report with Kevin Hillier -Sports-makers of the week with John Anderson from The Herald Sun -not forgetting the VFL and TAC Cup with Mark Stone's report.

    The AFL Wrap with Heath Buck -the latest Racing Information with Jockey John and the World Game Soccer is also covered by Peter Desiri, from The Herald Sun.

    Saturday Sports Beat - your one stop for Sports Information every Saturday from 8am until 10am with Mark Brunger from YOUR STATION, STEREO 974.

    Please address all enquiries to:
    ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email


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