Non-Binding Memorandum Of Understanding
100.7 Highlands FM Inc. (ABN:)
of 2 Forest Street Woodend Vic. 3442
Kyneton and District Town Square Co-Op
ABN: 66 893 735 152
of Victoria Street, Kyneton. 3444
In this agreement 100.7 Highlands FM Inc. and Kyneton and District Town Square Co-Op Ltd. acknowledge that the Kyneton and district community is greater than either of our respective organisations. Our organisations exist to serve the betterment, interests and needs of that wide community. This agreement seeks to enhance the services we offer to strengthen our community.
We acknowledge that the Town Square precinct is located on the land of the Kulin nation and we pay our respect to Taungurung elders, past, present and emerging.
The Parties to this Agreement
100.7 Highlands FM
Based in the Macedon Ranges; 100.7 Highlands FM commenced broadcasting in 1990s under the name RAM FM.
It gained a permanent license in April 2000 and transferred its name to 100.7 Highlands FM; and after moving to numerous locations around Kyneton; eventually settled at the Woodend Community Centre in 2008. The station used the tag line ‘The Voice of the Ranges’; showing its branding for the region and providing a voice for the community.
It transmits its signal across the Macedon Ranges and can be heard as far as Melbourne and into the Mt Alexander Shire Region.
The station has built a solid reputation for covering major events across the Macedon Ranges. It has previously ran outside broadcasts for the St Ambrose Parish School Fete in the and the Lancefield/Macedon Ranges Relay for Life in the mid-2000s that paved the way for future outside broadcasts that had the station thrust into the community spotlight.
After a success running the Woodend Street Festival (Woomba) in 2008; the station commenced two-years of trials for match-day broadcasting of the Riddell District Football Netball League from 2009 to 2010; the first live broadcasts ever conducted in the history of the competition.
The station was supported by local businesses and with the help of Hanging Rock Winery (supplier of the player of the day award); a team led by Geoff Murray, Ken Helmore, Doug McIver, Chris Yeend and Gary Mathews paved the way for weekly match-day calling that changed the culture of the RDFNL, Highlands FM and the Macedon Ranges Community for the better.
The weekly broadcasts led to a dramatic rise in listeners for the station; requests for more outside broadcasts and ultimately winning its way to securing two national awards; securing the Southern Community Media Association X Award for Best Outside Broadcast and Best Program in 2013.
This was only the beginning as the station featured outside broadcasts of the Daffodil Arts Festival in Kyneton; recordings for the Woodend Winter Arts Festival; Anzac Day Ceremonies; and the calling of Twenty/20 cricket in the Gisborne District Cricket Association; bringing all events to life like never before.
This was just the tip of the iceberg as the station continued to feature outside broadcasts around the community; including for local sponsors, and in November 2018, the Grand Opening of Coles Woodend.
Highlands FM has been a strong advocate for not only providing alternative programming in the region with a focus on local content and people; but also providing training and radio program opportunities for young people in the Macedon Ranges Community.
Kyneton and District Town Square Co-Op (K&DTSC)
The purpose of the Co-Op as outlined in the constitution is that the organisation “will promote strong community, based on values of broad engagement and mutuality, by creating a publicly-owned Town Square in the heart of Kyneton for the public benefit of Kyneton and district residents”.
The vision of the Co-Op is to:
- Provide affordable, or freely available, indoor and outdoor space for a broad range of community groups and community activities.
- Maintenance and protection of heritage values.
- A place of collective belonging and connection. Open, accessible, and flexible public space.
- Shared community responsibility based on control of the precinct by a democratic organisation.
- Support for community driven and socially worthwhile initiatives. Strongly engaged community across all age groups to promote broad inclusion.
- Commercial use of the precinct by the Co-Op to create cash flow for the nurturing, and the promotion, of public good and benefit
- Aim to meet everyone’s needs without harming the living world or the prosperity of future generations
Duration of MOU
- This is a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between 100.7 Highlands FM and K&DTSC.
- The MOU will apply from the date of signingand will continue to apply until termination by either party on the giving of 1 month’s written notice to the other.
- 100.7 Highlands FM and K&DTSC are committed to maintaining a positive and cooperative working relationship.
- As part of the parties’ mutual commitment,100.7 Highlands FM and K&DTSC will act in accordance with the spirit and intent of this MOU, even though neither party intends that it be legally binding.
The aim of this MOU is set up a working group for collaboration between 100.7 Highlands FM and K&DTSC. The concept of a community hub is in its infancy. It is envisaged that as the ideas for the school project mature, avenues for collaboration will naturally emerge.
There is an opportunity for 100.7 Highlands FM to benefit from the availability of affordable space in the old school complex. It is intended that the radio station could broadcast from the school buildings. Long term plans for a recording studio as part of an amphitheatre complex fronting Simpson Street has already been flagged in the Co-Op’s wide community consultation processes. http://kynetononline.org/?page_id=330
Roles and Responsibilities
This agreement will be overseen by a five-person advisory committee consisting of two members of each organisation meeting at least once a year with a mutually-agreed independent chair (or chair to rotate on a yearly basis between the two- to be agreed)
The committee will:
- make recommendations to the Boards of the respective organisations.
- be charged with creating strong communication between the respective organisations.
- deliberate about areas of common interest to prevent conflict or overlap.
- Investigate and develop ways in which 100.7 Highlands FM projects can be advanced by the support of the Town Square Co-Op.
Advertising and announcements
Unless required by law, an announcement, circular or other public disclosure including promotional materials such as newsletters, brochures, flyers or annual reports, referring to the contents or subject matter of this MOU, must not be made or permitted by a party without the prior written approval of the other party.
The parties acknowledge that information disclosed by one party to the other (the disclosing party) in the course of the subject matter of this MOU may be confidential and unless required by law must not be disclosed to a third party except with the prior written consent of the disclosing party.
- If a dispute or difference arises between the parties out of or in connection with this MOU, either party may give the other a written notice specifying the dispute or difference.
- Within 7 days of the date of the notice, a person holding a position of senior management of each party must meet and undertake negotiations in good faith and on a without prejudice basis with a view to resolving the dispute or difference.
The parties may agree to vary any of the requirements of this MOU. Such agreement must be in writing and signed by both parties.