Western Australia Minister for Science and Innovation John Day
Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls
Mobile Reception Boost For North-West
Victor P Taffa
- Improved mobile coverage in the North West thanks to $39.2 Million project
- Project funded through Royalties for Regions and delivered by Telstra
- Community, business, research and emergency response units are all benefiting
Industry and the community are set to benefit as telecommunication towers are switched on in the North-West as part of the Regional Mobile Communications Project (RMCP).
Eleven new or expanded towers in the shires of Ashburton, Broome, Derby-West Kimberley, East Pilbara and Roebourne will boost mobile telephone coverage and access to high-speed wireless broadband in the North-West, taking the total sites delivered to 20 out of 113.
Science and Innovation Minister John Day said the project would benefit people living, working and holidaying in the North-West as well as improve the delivery of vital community services.
“RMCP, with the support of Telstra, is helping to break down the digital divide in rural and remote Western Australia and the benefits are twofold.” Mr. Day said.
“In addition to residents being able to use their mobiles and access the internet in previously identified black-spots, the project is also providing vital infrastructure to the day-to-day delivery of scientific outcomes and the field operations of emergency response units.”
“For example, researchers and scientists travelling along our major regional highways could access online data repositories such as the Integrated Marine Observing System database which is supported by the State Government.”
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the State Government was encouraging the development of the region through the Pilbara Cities initiative.
“The RMCP complements the existing work taking place to attract more people to live and work in the region.” Mr. Grylls said.
“The Pilbara is one of Australia’s most important economic zones with a number of Western Australia’s resource projects located in the area.”
“For example, the towers at McCann Well and Peedamulla in the Shire of Ashburton will ensure the people living and working near these massive projects have access to reliable telecommunications. This initiative will provide near continuous highway coverage in the North-West.”
Completed RMCP sites now include Anna Plains, Arrowsmith, Arrowsmith East, Bethwyn Rise, Bibbin Well, Breton Bay, Capel, Ellendale, Fisher, Jillian Ridge, McCann Well, Narembeen, Nullagine, Peedamulla, Sandfire, Wagoe, Walkaway, Warre Hill, Woottating and Yeeda.
- RMCP is administered by Dept of Commerce and Dept of Regional Development and Lands
- Telstra awarded $39.2 M in Royalties for Regions funding to implement the RMCP, January 2012. Project will take about three years to complete
- Royalties for Regions program administered by Dept of Regional Development and Lands