Western Australia Minister for Science and Innovation John Day
Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls
More Mid-West Towns Get Better Mobile Connections
Victor P Taffa
- Regional Mobile Communications Project improves Mid-West mobile coverage
- Four towns in region latest to benefit from $39.2 M Royalties for Regions project
- More than 95,000 sqkm of the State to get increased reception
West Australians in the Mid-West areas of Wagoe, Arrowsmith, Arrowsmith East and Walkaway are now benefitting from improved mobile telephone coverage and high-speed wireless broadband.
They join Capel, Nullagine, Breton Bay, Narembeen, Bibbin Well, Peedamulla and Woottating, which are now reaping the rewards of the $39.2 Million Royalties for Regions funded Regional Mobile Communications Project (RMCP).
Science and Innovation Minister John Day said Telstra had commissioned mobile towers at 11 WA locations through RMCP funding.
“RMCP is providing near continuous mobile telephone coverage and access to mobile broadband along highway one and in several regional communities increasing coverage in WA by more than 95,000 sqkm.” Mr. Day said.
“This means you will be able to drive from the South Australian border all the way to Kununurra and experience mobile reception almost all the way.”
“People living, working, holidaying and travelling in these areas can now access next generation mobile and internet services that are not only affordable but offer coverage similar to that enjoyed in major cities and town centres.”
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said residents in the City of Greater Geraldton were reporting an increase in coverage since the tower at Walkaway was commissioned.
“The popular S-Bend and surrounding tourist attractions just outside Geraldton were known as notorious mobile phone ‘black-spots’ with mobile reception dropping out as soon as residents and visitors left the area.” Mr. Grylls said.
“The new tower at Walkaway will guarantee that the community has continuous and reliable telecommunications reception essential to the delivery of emergency services, small business and government offices in regional areas.”
Mr. Grylls said that in many ways, new technologies shaped our ability to participate in our communities and conduct business.
“The Western Australian Government is helping to narrow the digital divide in our rural and remote communities. This effort will be maintained until the telecommunications standards are lifted throughout remote and regional areas of the State.” Mr. Grylls said.
- RMCP administered by Department of Commerce in consultation with Department of Regional Development and Lands
- Telstra was awarded $39.2 M Royalties for Regions funding to implement the RMCP in January 2012. Project to take about three years to complete
- State Government’s Royalties for Regions program administered by Department of Regional Development and Lands