Sunreef and Mix FM to celebrate ex-HMAS anniversary with world-first live broadcast from a wreck

Whale and calf checks out snorkelers.JPGSUNREEF Mooloolaba will host Sunshine Coast 92.7 MIX FM for the world’s first live underwater broadcast from a wreck, at the ex-HMAS Brisbane to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its scuttling this Friday.

The live broadcast will launch the start of SUNREEF’s 10th Anniversary HMAS Brisbane Extravaganza, which will see more than 160 people diving the wreck over three days.

Sunreef General Manager, Dan Hart said that ex-HMAS Brisbane was an important part of Australia’s naval history so it was fitting that they make history again with the first underwater live broadcast from a wreck.

“The ex-HMAS has played a great role in Australian history, and now it is continuing its service providing a great dive location but also creating an important eco-system for hundreds of species of sealife.

“We are really excited to be working with Mix FM and look forward to using some special commercial dive communications equipment that will allow us to talk underwater and communicate with Mix FM up on the boat and back in their studio,” Dan said.

“HMAS Brisbane served in both the Vietnam and Gulf wars and travelled around the world during its naval service and is still serving divers and the environment so an underwater broadcast with MIX FM is a great fun way to mark the occasion.

“We have been working on this with the Mix FM team for a month or so now – we’ve been teaching Caroline to dive and working with the broadcast technicians to test everything out so fingers crossed everything will go to plan on Friday morning.”

MIX FM content director Ryan Khay said the crew was really excited as well.

The live broadcast will be on Friday 31st July on 92.7 MIX FM with Caroline Hutchinson, Justin Veivers, with Councillor Jason O’Pray joining Dan Hart underwater.

Sunreef Mooloolaba were apart of the initial bid to have the Brisbane sunk on the Sunshine coast to create an artificial reef and dive location and have now been hosting divers from around the world at the wreck for 10 years.

Dan said to celebrate the 10th anniversary, Sunreef wanted to get the whole dive community involved so they were extending celebrations with free dives on Saturday and Sunday – asking that instead of payment divers ‘pay it forward’ with a donation to SunnyKids.

“The whole weekend was booked out in less than an hour but its not to late to make a donation if you want to support SunnyKids.  We will have hot dogs on sale at the shop on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 2pm and SunnyKids volunteers will be on hand to take your donation or you can call Sunreef and we will take your donation over the phone and pass it on to SunnyKids.”

Sunreef is a PADI 5 Star Training Centre and offers accredited dive courses for all levels of divers as well as local reef dives in the Sunshine Coast region including the ex-HMAS Brisbane and offers international dive trips and travel as well as Swim with the Whales experience, dive equipment sales and servicing.

Sunreef Mooloolaba is the longest established dive centre on the Sunshine Coast (Queensland, Australia) with roots starting back in 1976.

For more information on Sunreef and the ex-HMAS Brisbane wreck visit www.sunreef.com.au or call 07 5444 5656.