• Victorian Coalition Government pays tribute to the ABC and its commitment to emergency broadcasting in Victoria
• ABC played an integral role during recent bushfires which saw the most coordinated response from emergency services in the state’s history
Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for Bushfire Response Kim Wells has paid tribute to the ABC for its decade as an official emergency broadcaster in Victoria.
Mr Wells said there was a long history of the community turning to the ABC in times of emergency.
“On behalf of the Victorian Coalition Government, I would like to thank and acknowledge the ABC for its ongoing commitment to emergency broadcasting in Victoria,” Mr Wells said.
“As an official emergency broadcaster in Victoria for the past 10 years, the ABC has provided essential information so people in areas affected by floods, fires and other incidents know what is going on, what they should do and where they can go for help.
“Over the past ten years the ABC has built relationships with all emergency services including CFA, MFB, SES, DEPI, Parks Victoria, Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria to improve communications and emergency response which has benefited all Victorians.
“The strong relationship developed between the ABC and each of the emergency services ensures people are provided with tailored, accurate and up-to-date information quickly.
“The emergency management response to the recent fire season saw the most coordinated approach ever among agencies and the communications provided by the ABC was an integral part of that response.
“There is no doubt that the emergency warnings and advice issued by the ABC, which works closely with all of our emergency services, has helped to saves lives and property.
“This year alone, the ABC has issued thousands of updates on a wide range of incidents, including the recent fires throughout Victoria, and demonstrated great professionalism in often difficult circumstances.”
Mr Wells said the ABC had the unique capacity to direct considerable resources to serious incidents as they happened – and when necessary – for days at a time.
“Broadcasters, producers and technicians come in any time of the day or night and from holidays to play their part in these broadcasts because they are very often part of the community that is affected,” Mr Wells said.
“The commitment of ABC staff in Melbourne and its eight regional stations in Victoria is appreciated by all of our emergency services and the people of Victoria.”