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Mallacoota Radio – Bushfire Heroes

Mallacoota Radio – Bushfire Heroes

Mallacoota Radio – Bushfire Heroes

New Years 2019 – On the ABC Breakfast news program an interview was done with a Francesca Winterson, a volunteer broadcaster with 3MGB, Mallacoota Community Radio, about how she, and station president Russell Grabert were locked in the studios for 48 hrs while the firestorm shot live embers across the town, about how early morning was like night as the clouds blocked out the sun.

They stayed. Broadcasting to their community continually updating them as best that they could.

This our news story prompted our own Peter Gray to start a Go Fund Me page to raise money that could then be donated back to Mallacoota Community Radio.

The money that was raised was donated to the 3MGB this week and tonight we spoke to the President of the Mallacoota Radio Station – Russell Grabert.

He told us of the tragedy that many people faced in their small community.  Of how ferocious the fires were and the situation that they found themselves in, how there were about 120 homes that were lost and how they have cleared the land ready for new houses to be built.

Russell told us that he lost his home in the fires too.  The have now formed a Mallacoota and Districts Rehabilitation Association to help with the rebuilding and distribution of funds raised for the area.  The have received necessary donations from several sources including 88.5FM.

He spoke of how the fires spread throughout the area and how many people lost their homes and their livelihoods.  The scenes described are heartbreaking.  Even now there are people who don’t have homes.

Check out our interview with Russell

Every week we ask out guests the same 9 questions every week to see what makes them tick…. this weeks answers come from Russell Grabert from 3MGB

What is your favourite word

My favourite words would be ‘can do’

What is your least favourite word

My least favourite word is time

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?


What turns you off?

Politicians who cant fulfil their promises

What sound or noise do you love?

The sound of a Ferrari at 11500 revs

What sound or noise do you hate?

I hate the sound of when people scrunch up plastic bottles.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Musician – I think I’d be a frustrated guitar player

What profession would you not like to do?

A politician

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Welcome aboard! We’ve been waiting for you for quite a while

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