Western Australia Minister for Commerce Michael Mischin
Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls
Improved Mobile Coverage In WA’s South
Victor P Taffa
- Royalties for Regions-funded project improves mobile and internet coverage across regional WA
- New towers: Dundas (Goldfields-Esperance); Boxwood Hill, Gairdner River, Kendenup and Rocky Gully (Great Southern); Tonebridge (South-West)
Six new telecommunications sites have been switched on in Western Australia’s Goldfields-Esperance, Great Southern and South-West regions to improve mobile coverage and access to high-speed wireless broadband for rural and remote communities.
Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the three-year Regional Mobile Communications Project (RMCP) was on schedule since commencing in January 2012.
“Almost two-thirds of the 113 towers planned have been completed and the increased Telstra mobile coverage is already making a positive difference along major highways and in country towns across the State.” Mr. Mischin said.
“This coverage is making our regional communities safer by giving people better access to health and emergency services.”
“In addition, emergency services organisations will install equipment on selected RMCP towers to boost communications capability and response times for their respective operations.”
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program had contributed $39.2 Million towards the project.
“The Government’s investment in the RMCP infrastructure is encouraging economic, business and social development in regional WA.” Mr. Grylls said.
“As a result of the program, regional towns are becoming better places to live, work and visit.”
“The enhanced communications coverage is keeping regional residents and businesses connected and ensuring they can access the technology they need.”
- RMCP administered by the Department of Commerce in consultation with the Department of Regional Development
- Telstra was awarded $39.2 Million from Royalties for Regions to implement the project and will deliver about $106 Million in value to the State
- 72 of the 113 towers planned have been activated