Pro­gram to elim­i­nate mo­bile black spots

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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.

Vince Cata­nia

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