How Regional Development Investment is helping to improve Emergency Communications

People living in WA's regions are now getting much better emergency service delivery, mobile phone and wireless internet reception, thanks to three projects funded by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.

Over $135 million of Royalties for Regions contribution has been invested into the Community Safety Network, Regional Mobile Communications Project and the Community Emergency Mobile Communications.

Such projects look at improving ageing networks; non-standard communications across law enforcement and emergency service organisations; and poor mobile coverage in high risk areas, such as areas prone to bushfires and along major roads and highways.

The then Department of Regional Development

People living in WA's regions are now getting much better emergency service delivery, mobile phone and wireless internet reception, thanks to three projects funded by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.

Over $135 million of Royalties for Regions contribution has been invested into the Community Safety Network, Regional Mobile Communications Project and the Community Emergency Mobile Communications.

Such projects look at improving ageing networks; non-standard communications across law enforcement and emergency service organisations; and poor mobile coverage in high risk areas, such as areas prone to bushfires and along major roads and highways.

The then Department of Regional Development undertook an evaluation to determine how investments have improved emergency communication in the regions.

What did the evaluation look at?

The evaluation looked at how Royalties for Regions affected emergency service delivery and public safety in regional WA by improving emergency communications.

What did the evaluation find?

The evaluation found that the projects clearly made a difference in the ability for services to respond more effectively to emergencies. Regional police stations in the Pilbara and Mid West have described the improved platforms, equipment and ability to exchange and use information as “miraculous” and a “game changer”.

The evaluation also found that the three projects are significantly delivering outcomes. There is also evidence to support the following benefits being realised:

  • Better service delivery in emergency situations in regional WA
  • More appropriate response to emergencies
  • Up-to-date information on incidents
  • Greater public safety in regional WA
  • Occupational health and safety of employees
  • Increased perception of safety on highways
  • Substantial community and business benefits

Click here to read more about the impact of RfR on emergency communications in regional Western Australia, or read our benefits below.

  • Community Safety Network Project

    about 2 years ago

    The Community Safety Network Project (CSNP) provided funding to three state agencies to:

    1. Deliver terminal equipment spares required to meet the Community Safety Network standard.
    2. Provide reliable digital regional radio communication network to improve efficiency and allow shared use of the communications infrastructure.

    The evaluation found that the CSNP provided benefits to regional Western Australians, such as:

    1. Maintaining a standardised service delivery to both metropolitan and regional Western Australians.
    2. Enhancing safety for police officers through encrypted communications.
    3. Delivering economies of scale for Government through utilisation of common network infrastructure, at present for WA Police and Department of Corrective Services.
    4. Providing a standardised approached to primary emergency services communications.

    The Community Safety Network Project (CSNP) provided funding to three state agencies to:

    1. Deliver terminal equipment spares required to meet the Community Safety Network standard.
    2. Provide reliable digital regional radio communication network to improve efficiency and allow shared use of the communications infrastructure.

    The evaluation found that the CSNP provided benefits to regional Western Australians, such as:

    1. Maintaining a standardised service delivery to both metropolitan and regional Western Australians.
    2. Enhancing safety for police officers through encrypted communications.
    3. Delivering economies of scale for Government through utilisation of common network infrastructure, at present for WA Police and Department of Corrective Services.
    4. Providing a standardised approached to primary emergency services communications.
  • Regional Mobile Communications Network and Community Emergency Mobile Communications Project

    about 2 years ago

    The Regional Mobile Communications Project and Community Emergency Mobile Communications (Mobile Networks) looked at providing new mobile telecommunications infrastructure in regional Western Australia. The evaluation found many benefits from the Mobile Network projects, including:

    1. Increasing mobile phone coverage and access to next generation broadband services in the State by up to 22 percent.
    2. Enhancing emergency radio and mobile telecommunications coverage, specifically in areas prone to bush fires and road traumas.
    3. Fewer mobile voice coverage gaps between towns along major roads and highways.
    4. Increasing commercial viability in regional, rural and remote areas through providing mobile voice and wireless broadband service.

    The Regional Mobile Communications Project and Community Emergency Mobile Communications (Mobile Networks) looked at providing new mobile telecommunications infrastructure in regional Western Australia. The evaluation found many benefits from the Mobile Network projects, including:

    1. Increasing mobile phone coverage and access to next generation broadband services in the State by up to 22 percent.
    2. Enhancing emergency radio and mobile telecommunications coverage, specifically in areas prone to bush fires and road traumas.
    3. Fewer mobile voice coverage gaps between towns along major roads and highways.
    4. Increasing commercial viability in regional, rural and remote areas through providing mobile voice and wireless broadband service.