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Submission to the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements

Holly Friedlander Liddicoat, 14th May 2020

Community radio stations play a critical role in communities, particularly regional communities, both during natural disasters and in the recovery.

The devastating bushfires that impacted vast regions of Australia towards the end of 2019 and into 2020 saw over 80 community radio stations broadcasting in fire affected areas or to fire affected communities. These stations are closely linked to their local areas and communities, drawing their announcing, producing and support volunteers and staff directly from the towns and locales where they broadcast. 

In April 2020, the CBAA made a submission to the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements. The submission highlights:

  • the role played by community broadcasters during the 2019-20 bushfire emergencies and other natural disasters;
  • the challenges stations faced both during and in the aftermath of these natural disasters;
  • the Victorian emergency broadcasting model and how it could be adapted as part of a national approach; and
  • the need for involvement and integration of the community radio sector in the Government’s recovery programs and natural disaster planning.

Read the full submission.

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Throughout the recent bushfire crisis and in the aftermath, community radio has remained a vital source of local emergency information and space for community connection.


Increasingly community broadcasters are taking on the responsibility of providing warnings and other information to their communities in times of emergency.


Seven UGFM Broadcasters have received the National Emergency Medal at a ceremony held by the Murrindindi Shire Council.