Karri Val­ley phone tower a life saver

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Tari Jef­fers

A newly-in­stalled mo­bile tower in Karri Val­ley has al­ready helped save a life.

Tel­stra, emer­gency ser­vices, ac­com­mo­da­tion providers and lo­cal, State and Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives came to­gether last week to cel­e­brate the open­ing of a new mo­bile tower that ad­dresses mo­bile black spots in the re­gion.

Dur­ing his pre­sen­ta­tion, Man­jimup shire coun­cil­lor Mur­ray Ven­tris said a claim could be made that it had al­ready saved a life.

“We had a call out here at 10pm at the week­end, a fam­ily that was stay­ing here had to use 000,” he said. “It could have been a dif­fer­ent sort of sit­u­a­tion for the fam­ily, a lot more stress­ful, if they’d had to come down here to use the pay phone.”

Tel­stra re­gional gen­eral man­ager Boyd Brown also spoke at the of­fi­cial launch of the mo­bile tower. He said res­i­dents, busi­nesses and tourists to the re­gion were now ben­e­fit­ing from the mo­bile cov­er­age as Tel­stra con­tin­ued the roll­out of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s Mo­bile Black Spot Pro­gram.

“Ev­ery sec­ond counts in an emer­gency and it’s great to hear how mo­bile cov­er­age played a key role in help­ing to de­liver a happy end­ing to this trau­matic in­ci­dent,” he said.

Mr Brown also said a new base sta­tion would soon be ac­ti­vated at War­ren Na­tional Park and was one of 189 in re­gional ar­eas across WA through the pro­gram.

O’Con­nor MHR Rick Wil­son said it was a spe­cial day be­cause he had been in con­ver­sa­tion with peo­ple from the area about the need for mo­bile cov­er­age

since he was elected.

Karri Val­ley Chalets owner Roger Bet­toni said while it would be dif­fi­cult to mea­sure, the ef­fect on the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try would be “huge”.

“As soon as we had cov­er­age, I up­dated our web­site, made men­tion of it ac­cord­ingly and bought a new phone and changed our busi­ness num­ber im­me­di­ately,” he said.

Pic­ture: Tari Jef­fers

Tel­stra re­gional gen­eral man­ager Boyd Brown, Man­jimup shire coun­cil­lor Mur­ray Ven­tris, O'Con­nor MHR Rick Wil­son and Pem­ber­ton St John Am­bu­lance vol­un­teer Ken Lawrence check out their phone sig­nal now avail­able af­ter a mo­bile tower was switched on in the Karri Val­ley area.

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