Na­tional parks to get phone cov­er­age

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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

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