Locals in the community of Panuara South are now benefitting from improved mobile coverage with Optus switching on a new tower thanks to an agreement that has seen collaboration between Federal Government, industry, local business and the community.
The new site, part of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program and located in Panuara South, was selected and built as part of a jointly funded partnership agreement between Optus, the Federal Government and Newcrest Mining. Importantly, the site was selected following extensive community engagement to ensure the site best meets the coverage needs of the Central West community.
Vin Mullins, Optus Manager of Planning addressed the strong community push for this new site and the desire to deliver regional Australia with access to the same mobile services experienced by those living in capital cities.
“This site would not be standing here today without the strong desire from Newcrest Mining to support the local community. From the moment they engaged with Optus, it was clear that the community was front of mind,” Mr Mullins said.
“There was assistance at all stages of the development at a local level with extensive community engagement to ensure that we delivered on the coverage objectives of local residents and businesses. Combining this strong local support with the Federal Government’s Blackspot program is a shining example of how Government, private enterprise and communities can work together,” he added.
Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, said he was pleased local residents and businesses would now have better service in more locations.
“The new mobile base station is the latest of 37 sites across Calare to receive new or improved mobile coverage under the Mobile Phone Blackspot Program,” Mr Gee said.
“Coverage from the site is now enabling more than 160 homes to connect to reliable mobile reception, providing them with the ability to make and receive calls, text and browse the internet.
“Additionally, more than 140 square kilometres of area surrounding the site will receive greatly enhanced mobile coverage, including more than 26 kilometres of roads and highways including Mary Gilmore Way and Wirrup Way,” Mr Gee noted.
Cadia General Manager, Peter Sharpe said, “While improved telecommunications will provide benefits for hundreds of landholders in the area, the real win is showcasing that working together as a community, through the Cadia District Enhancement Project and, can achieve a long term positive legacy that will benefit the region for decades to come,”
Local landholder and chairperson of the local community group who campaigned for the telecommunications tower, Florence Ovenden, said the construction of the towers will increase communication on local farms and assist agricultural businesses.
“It will ensure we feel connected with the wider community and support our local emergency services. We are very grateful for the regional focus and support of Optus and Cadia and the very generous federal Government grant in assisting our local community,” she concluded.
Caption: Andrew pictured with Optus Territory General Manager, Tom O'Dea, Newcrest General Manager, Peter Sharpe, Optus Manager Mobile Access Plannin,g Vin Mullins, local community members Edwina Crossing, Graham Brown and Elwyn Phillips and Newcrest Environment Specialist, Jeff Burton at the official launch of a new telecommunications tower at Angullong Vineyard in the Cadia District.