WICEN NSW Communications

WICEN is a statewide body which has been created to serve the needs of the particular state and as such the structure within each state differs according to the emergency management plan within that state.
In NSW, WICEN operates as a specialist support squad under the NSW State Disaster Plan (DISPLAN).

WICEN has assisted in the establishment, and ongoing operation, of a NSW Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) operations centre in Bega.
This is providing a temporary radio network to support the VRA teams now deployed on the area as well as teams from the Bega Valley Council.
WICEN members are also helping to staff the RFS Communications Centre.

The WICEN NSW membership year runs from 1st April to 31st March.
The membership fee is now $20 p.a.
You can renew by making a direct bank deposit to our St George Bank Account:
        Account name: WICEN NSW
        BSB: 112-879
        Account number: 155 590 471
Please include your callsign or name in the receiver's comment so we know who it's from.
For further information please contact the Treasurer at

WICEN NSW, is a support squad of the NSW Volunteer Rescue Association. Recent rains mean fires across the state have been brought under control, and WICEN's support has concluded.

For members who have registered, "Drive vehicles under operational conditions" is being held next weekend. Members are also encouraged to take advantage of the free courses offered by the Office of Emergency Management, at: https://www.emtraining.nsw.gov.au/

WICEN groups across Australia will be supporting Dementia Australia Memory Walk and Jog events. These short Sunday morning events run for several months from February. NSW's first event at Tench Reserve on the Nepean River at Penrith, is April 5th. Inner-Western Sydney is May 24th; and the Hunter, the 31st. See: https://memorywalk.com.au

For Facebook users, there is an official WICEN NSW page; and an informal national WICEN group.

WICEN ACT is part of the Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club, and supports events in the "Capital Country" region, and on the South Coast. The BMSC "NatCap" Rally is March 21st and 22nd. The Canberra Two Day Walk is April 4th and 5th. The Bega Rally is June 6th and 7th. For more info visit: http://www.crarc.ampr.org

WICEN Victoria will support Duncan's Run 100 at Turra Bulga in south Gippsland on March 21st. Memory Walk and Jog events include Ornamental Lakes Park in Mildura on March 1st; and Ballarat at Lake Wendouree on March 15th (support TBC); Melbourne and Geelong are May 3rd and 17th respectively. The Kenda Motorbike Rally is May 3rd at Eildon. The weekly net is on each Tuesday at 8:30 pm, on 3.6 MHz. WICEN Victoria's website is: http://vic.wicen.org.au

Submitted by Julian Sortland VK2YJS, on behalf of the WICEN State Management Committee.