ABC Chairman Maurice Newman AC officially launched the new home of ABC Coast FM in Maroochydore today. Mr Newman was joined by ABC Director Radio & Regional Content – Sue Howard, Federal Member for Fisher – The Hon. Peter Slipper, Member for Maroochydore – Fiona Simpson, Member for Nicklin – Peter Wellington, Member for Kawana – Steve Dickson, local dignitaries and ABC radio staff.

“ABC Coast FM is a dynamic and vital part of the Sunshine Coast delivering a high quality service to our ABC listening community,” Mr Newman said today.

“Whether it’s the provision of round-the-clock emergency service information, such as the 2007 floods, or supporting major cultural and sporting events, ABC Coast FM plays a pivotal role in this region.

“ABC Coast FM was initiated into the ABC Local Radio network in 1992 to provide a radio service to the rapidly growing Sunshine Coast and hinterland region and over the past 16 years the resources required to continue the delivery of radio services has increased significantly.

“The decision to relocate and build new studios demonstrates an ongoing commitment from ABC Local Radio to provide quality radio and online content to the residents of the Sunshine and Cooloola coasts.

“The new facility has two state of the art broadcast studios, a purpose-built edit and production booth and digital work stations.

“The relocation and building of ABC Coast FM’s new home is an important milestone in the station’s history.”