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People living and travelling through Summer Hill Creek near Orange will have better phone service to make calls, browse the internet and stay in contact with family and friends with the launch of a new mobile base station.

Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee said he was pleased local residents and businesses would now have better service in more locations. 

“My constituents have raised the issue of poor service in the Summer Hill Creek area and I’m pleased to be part of a Government that is listening and delivering,” Mr Gee said.

“The new mobile base station was completed by Optus and is the latest of 37 sites across Calare to receive new or improved mobile coverage under the program.

“The new tower is now providing over 70 square kilometres of new and enhanced coverage, including a 12 kilometre stretch along Ophir Road, which is great news for local residents, campers, bushwalkers and the Rural Fire Service,” Mr Gee added.

“Not only will these towers make it easier for people to stay connected to family and friends, it will also make it easier to do business and access education.”

Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government, Mark Coulton said the Coalition Government is committed to improving connectivity for people living in regional and rural areas. 

“The improved service is thanks to the Federal Government’s $380 million Mobile Black Spot Program that is eradicating phone black spots across,” Minister Coulton said. 

“This government knows how frustrating it is to be talking on the phone and then loose service, so we’re getting on with the job of building more phone towers to deliver better service. 

Minister Coulton said the first four rounds of this highly successful program are funding 1047 new base stations in areas that are not commercially viable without Coalition Government investment.

“Close to an additional 25,000 Triple 0 calls have so far been made possible through the Mobile Black Spot Program,” Minister Coulton concluded. 

An additional $160 million in new funding for rounds five and six of the program was announced earlier this year to continue to improve phone service for people in Australia’s regions. More information about the program is available at