Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Former Minister for Police; Road Safety

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    MOU signed for regional radio network

    22/07/2011 12:00 AM
     
    Plans to implement a new communications network for police and emergency services in regional Western Australia were formalised today, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.

    The Community Safety Network-Regional Radio Network will replace the Police Regional Radio Network, providing mobile digital radio coverage for more than 18,000 square kilometres.

    Police and Emergency Services Minister Rob Johnson said the 2011-12 State Budget had allocated $94.5million through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program to fund the common network infrastructure, signed off today by the State’s law enforcement and public safety agencies.

    Mr Johnson said the new purpose-built, secure radio communications network would allow police and other emergency services to better serve country residents.

    “The project will bring together WA Police; the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA); Fire and Rescue Service; and the Department of Corrective Services (DCS) under one common infrastructure managed by WA Police,” he said.

    “This modern and effective radio network will benefit regional communities by providing a more informed, responsive and co-ordinated service.”

    The project caters for future expansion, allowing eventual access for other agencies.

    Opportunities will also be available to leverage access at minimal cost to additional radio sites across the State as part of the Regional Mobile Communications Project. 

    Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said both projects would significantly improve mobile telephone and digital radio communication in regional WA.

    “Albany, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the Pilbara will be the first major regions to gain access to the network, with Motorola being awarded the contract to implement the network to these areas,” Mr Grylls said.

    “It is great to see Royalties for Regions funding such a significant and life saving project.”

    Standardised terminal equipment will be used by WA Police, DCS and FESA, with WA Police and DCS already receiving the new equipment and beginning programming. 

    Police and Emergency Service Minister's office - 9222 9211