Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee has today announced that a Telstra macro base station will be built in Gollan under Round 1 of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.
“Greater access to mobile services in regional Australia improves the ability to keep in contact with family and friends; allow better access by farmers to online services and help local businesses grow by making these areas more attractive to tourists,” Mr Gee said.
“Investing in mobile technology needs to be seen as just as critical as investing in traditional infrastructure like roads, rail and bridges.
“If we want our country communities to continue to grow and prosper, we need to get them connected and give them the best possible communications.
“It’s crucial for education, health, business and tourism, and in this day and age, you simply can’t go without it so I’m delighted a new macro base station will be built in Gollan.”
Mayor of the Dubbo Region, Cr Ben Shields welcomed the announcement.
“Mobile phone coverage is vitally important for residents living in our local Government Area. It’s especially important for those living out of town on rural residences who may be running small businesses and farms to have access to the coverage we might all take for granted,” Cr Shields said.
“I’m extremely grateful to Andrew Gee and his government for making this investment for the people of Gollan.”
The new base station at Gollan builds on the 36 mobile phone sites already delivered in Calare under previous rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program.
Over the first four rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program, there are 702 base stations currently active across Australia, and the Federal Government’s investment has leveraged a total investment of more than $760 million. The Federal Government has committed another $160 million for two new rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program.