Program to eliminate mobile black spots
Regional communities will receive more efficient mobile communications in the near future, thanks to the Mobile Black Spot Programme and Royalties for Regions.
North West Central MLA Vince Catania said on completion, the entire route from Minilya to Exmouth would be covered.
“Sites are selected in strategic locations to deliver a significant reduction in mobile telephone and data coverage gaps across the Gascoyne region,” he said.
“Royalties for Regions and the Federal Government will ensure that emergency services staff and volunteers have better access to communication networks in times of crisis to better respond and render assistance in emergency situations.”
Mr Catania said effective communications were especially important in emergencies, and the new towers would be well received by emergency services personnel.
Telstra Group networks managing director Mike Wright said the development of a rollout schedule for the next six months was an exciting development.
“Behind the scenes there has been significant work occurring in design planning, community consultations, the formulation and development of planning applications and working with local councils to get the best outcome for everybody,” he said.
“None of this happens overnight, but it is happening and we are working as fast as we can to deliver on our commitments to these towns and communities.”
Upgrades at Minilya are scheduled for completion by July 2016.