People living in and visiting Carcoar will soon have better mobile reception, thanks to a new Telstra small cell base station to be built in the town under the Morrison and McCormack Government’s $380 million Mobile Black Spot Program.
Federal Member for Calare and Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education, the Hon Andrew Gee MP joined community members in Carcoar to make the announcement on Tuesday.
“I’ve been fighting for better mobile phone coverage for the residents of Carcoar for a long time,” Mr Gee said.
“Local residents have been crying out for better reception, and together, after much lobbying and advocacy we’ve finally achieved this result.
“Mobile phone coverage is essential in today’s day and age, both for essential services and in keeping in touch with loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The community have been very patient and proactive in their efforts to receive this infrastructure so I’m delighted that the Government has been able to deliver.
“This small cell base station, which is expected to be up and running in the first half of 2021, will allow residents and visitors to Carcoar to make calls, browse the internet and stay connected with family and friends,” Mr Gee said.
The new small cell mobile base station to be built by Telstra is the latest of 39 sites across the electorate of Calare to receive improved mobile coverage under the Mobile Black Spot Program.
Joining Mr Gee in Carcoar for today’s announcement, Minister for Regional Communications, Regional Health and Local Government, the Hon Mark Coulton MP, said the Coalition Government is committed to improving connectivity for people living in regional and rural areas.
“This Government knows how frustrating it is to be talking on the phone or browsing the internet and then lose service, so we’re getting on with the job of building more phone towers to deliver better service,” Minister Coulton said.
“Through the Mobile Black Spot Program, we have committed $380 million to date to build more than 1,200 mobile base stations across Australia, and 880 of these base stations are already on air.”