The NSW Nationals in the state government have delivered a boost to the emergency services radio network in the Snowy Monaro region following the completion of a new radio site at Hudsons Peak near Cooma.
NSW Nationals Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the public safety network (PSN) played a crucial role during the 2019/2020 bushfire season, and this upgrade was very welcome.
“Public Safety Network sites provide emergency services organisations with a single, integrated network on which to communicate,” Mr Barilaro said.
“It’s a technology that saves lives. By expanding the footprint of this critical infrastructure, we are ensuring that frontline responders have a more reliable network to help keep people and places safe.
“The devastating 2019/2020 bushfire season highlighted how important resources including the PSN sites play during times of emergency.
“We had multiple fires burning in all corners of the Snowy Monaro, and this critical infrastructure ensured our emergency services could communicate efficiently so they could protect the community.”
The NSW Nationals in the state government are investing more than $600 million in essential infrastructure to better protect communities. The PSN’s expansion represents the biggest investment in critical communications infrastructure in two decades. Next to Australia’s triple zero emergency hotline, the PSN is the most critical communications network in NSW.