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A new mobile phone tower for Mount McDonald

Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson has announced a new mobile phone tower for Mount McDonald, near Cowra thanks to an additional $15 million contribution from the NSW Government in partnership with the Commonwealth Government and mobile carriers.

Katrina said primary producers around Mount McDonald will soon experience improved internet access and reception on their mobile phones, with a new tower secured under the second round of the Mobile Black Spot Program.


“This is great news for the region with improved mobile coverage to ensure the local community is safer and better connected,” Katrina said.


“I am very pleased this new telecommunications infrastructure will create more opportunities in the Mount McDonald area, particularly when we live in a very connected world.”


Katrina said the new mobile phone tower, to be provided by Optus, is on top of 7 towers already announced for the Cowra region under the first round of the program; including Vodafone towers at Gooloogong, Cultowa, Billimari, Noonbinna, Koorawatha and Woodstock, and another at Darbys Falls with Telstra.


Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Development John Barilaro said the State and Federal Governments are working hard with the private sector to deliver quality mobile phone services to regional NSW.


“People in our regions deserve to be able to make a phone call, access the internet and connect online with the same ease as people in larger centres, and the NSW Government's commitment to the Mobile Phone Black Spot program is making that happen,” Mr Barilaro said.

The Mobile Black Spot Program is the most significant one-time increase in mobile network coverage to outer metropolitan, regional and remote Australia delivered by a single public funding program in the history of mobile communications in Australia.

For more information, please visit https://www.communications.gov.au/what-we-do/phone/mobile-services-and-coverage/mobile-black-spot-program.

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