Mobile black spots banished in Araluen
Residents in Araluen can now connect to the rest of the world as the NSW Government continues to eliminate mobile blackspots across the state connecting more residents, businesses and community services to better mobile coverage.
Local resident in Araluen and 2015 NSW Senior Australian of the Year, Jackie French AM said the Mobile Phone Blackspot program is a life changer for residents and businesses in communities across NSW.
“To us, after so many years of no reception for an hour's drive it is sheer magic,” Mrs French said.
“When I had a heart attack I had to drive myself to hospital, as the land line was down and I couldn't call an ambulance.
“Thanks to the hard work of John Barilaro, the Mobile Blackspots program is providing something we never expected to be possible.”
Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business John Barilaro celebrated the achievement and said we should expect to see all towers switched on for live by the end of 2018 as part of Round one.
“Communities across NSW are already seeing improved and extended coverage of high quality mobile voice and wireless broadband services,” Mr Barilaro said.
“These upgrades are providing critical services to businesses, local emergency services and communities state-wide.
“The good news keeps on coming; we have just announced another $15 million investment in the Mobile Black Spot program as part of the 2016-17 Budget, bringing the total NSW Government commitment to almost $40 million.”
Telstra Country Wide Area General Manager for Southern New South Wales, Chris Taylor, said the expansion of mobile coverage in the area was another example of Telstra’s ongoing commitment to regional and rural Australia.
“This is a significant moment for our customers in Araluen who have had their call answered for better mobile coverage,” Mr Taylor said.
“The growing use of mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets is changing the way we live and we are acutely aware of the challenges facing communities living with limited access to a mobile network.”
The State has joined with the Commonwealth and telecoms carriers to deliver 144 new or upgraded sites across the State, to address up to 795 mobile phone black spots in regional communities and provide more than 14,000 square kilometres total coverage under round one.
Successful sites for Round 2 are expected to be announced before the end of 2016.
For a map of tower locations visit www.communications.gov.au/mobile_coverage.