- State-of-the-art police digital radio network launches in Geraldton and Dongara
State Government’s Royalties for Regions program has provided $94.5million for the network
Latest instalment in Mid-West covers 4,000 square kilometres
Geraldton and Dongara are the latest communities to benefit from the digital radio communications network for police, corrective services and emergency services.
The State Government’s Royalties for Regions program has provided $94.5million for the Community Safety Network-Regional Radio Network to replace the old analog Police Regional Radio Network digital radio coverage across 18,000sqkm of regional Western Australia.
The Geraldton and Dongara trunked radio network covers 4,000sqkm taking in the high population areas of Geraldton, Greenough, Walkaway and Dongara.
Police Minister Liza Harvey said the common network infrastructure would allow police and other emergency services to better serve country residents.
“The project will bring together WA Police; the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Fire and Rescue Service and the Department of Corrective Services (DCS) under one common infrastructure managed by WA Police,” Mrs Harvey said.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the project would significantly improve safety for the public and for police and emergency services in regional WA.
“The Mid-West region is the second regional area to benefit from improved and safer policing, with the Kalgoorlie-Boulder component having been completed last year,” Mr Grylls said.
“Local police and DCS officers have already noticed fewer communications breakdowns compared to the old analog system.
“It is great to see Royalties for Regions funding such a significant and lifesaving project.”
Standardised terminal equipment will be used by WA Police, DCS and DFES, with WA Police and DCS already deployed and operating on the network
The Kalgoorlie-Boulder trunked radio network component was completed in 2012 at a cost of about $4.5million
The Geraldton trunked radio network component was completed in August 2013 at a cost of about $5.1million
Police Minister’s office - 6552 5900
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 5500