Grant helps Plenty Valley FM keep their community in the know

6 August 2019

One of Victoria’s 62 emergency radio stations has used an EMV grant to make significant improvements to their broadcasting system, keeping their local community informed during an emergency.  

Plenty Valley FM is the local community radio station for the Shire of Nillumbik and the Cities of Banyule and Whittlesea. The station is a reliable and engaged emergency broadcaster and is a listener supported, not-for-profit local resource that relies on community support.

Despite a strong commitment to its local residents, Plenty Valley had battled issues with an occasionally faulty transmitter, and were limited to broadcasting from the station’s headquarters on Childs Road, Mill Park. 

Having received a $22,000 grant through the Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability (ESVS) grants program, the station was able to make critical upgrades to its equipment, installing a new transmitter system as well as a portable broadcasting kit.

“We tested the new portable kit at the community open day at the Eltham Men’s Shed to test its capability,” said Bill McGillivray of Plenty Valley FM.

“The clarity the kit was able to produce was beyond our expectations.

“It has allowed us external access to our broadcast system from any location in the area and beyond.

“We’ll use it to communicate back to the studio from other localities associated with incidents and recovery”.

The station’s new transmission system also allows for a more sustainable and reliable broadcast.

The ESVS grants program ensures emergency management volunteers have the resources they need to continue to deliver their crucial work to keep Victorians safe.

For more information about EMV’s grants programs, visit the Grants and Awards page (External link).