Mobile phone towers on the North Coast will now be able to keep operating if the power goes out due to natural disasters thanks to the NSW Nationals in the federal government.
The NSW Nationals in the federal government are funding mobile providers to extend the battery back up at 11 mobile phone towers in the community, to provide a minimum of 12 hours of back-up power.
NSW Nationals Member for Page Kevin Hogan said telecommunications, including mobile phone towers, need reliable power sources to operate.
“This investment will allow mobile phone towers to keep operating for at least 12 hours after the power goes out, making a real difference for communities during and after a natural disaster,” Mr Hogan said.
The NSW Nationals in the federal government are providing a total of $13.2 million to Telstra, Optus and TPG to extend the battery back up at 467 mobile phone towers across Australia, under Stage One of the program, including at Dunoon, Bonalbo, Brooms Head and Culmaran Creek.
More information on the program is available on the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications website.