National parks to get phone coverage
The Pilbara’s two most popular national parks will no longer be phone-free zones, with new towers to cover both remote regions.
Karijini National Park and Millstream-Chichester National Park are signal black spots but with funding from the State and Federal Governments, that is all about to change.
Durack MHR Melissa Price said the move would be a boost to tourism.
The new base stations will be at the Karijini campground, Eco Resort and Visitor Centre, and at the Millstream Homestead.
North West Central MLA Vince Catania said coverage ensured people had access to key services.
The coverage will be delivered through a small cell satellite solution, which provides mobile phone coverage of a radius of up to a 3km in remote areas where wide-area coverage unaffordable.
Pilbara Development Commission chief executive Terry Hill said visitors expected connectivity in the digital age, even in national parks famed for their remoteness.
“This will allow them to share their experiences instantly on social media and keep in touch with family and friends while travelling in the region,” he said. is