New emergency broadcasters - image from Emergency Management Victoria

Victoria's emergency broadcasting network expands to include three additional community radio stations

Helen Henry, 2nd December 2016

Just in time for the fire season, Victoria's emergency broadcasting network has been expanded to include Gippsland FM, 3MGB and Light FM.

Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino has announced that these three community radio stations have signed memorandums of understanding with the Victorian Government.

The addition of Gippsland FM, 3MGB and Light FM to the pool of emergency broadcasters means there will be 62 stations - including 10 community radio stations - providing vital emergency information this Summer.

Light FM reaches the Melbourne metropolitan region, Gippsland Radio 3GCR provides coverage to Central Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley, while 3MGB broadcasts to Mallacoota, Gypsy Point and Genoa.

The 2009 Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission recommended that official emergency broadcasters be expanded to include community stations.

Find out more about emergency broadcasting in Victoria on the Emergency Management Victoria website, including how to become an accredited emergency broadcaster.

Information about emergency broadcasting in other states is available here and here.

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Radio KLFM is now an official emergency broadcaster after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Minister for Police, Emergency and Bushfire Response Kim Wells MP at the State Control Centre in Melbourne on Wednesday 29 october 2014.


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


The role of community broadcasters as conveyers of emergency information to their local communities is a topic of increasing relevance.