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NSW GOVERNMENT AND LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS PARTNER WITH TELSTRA TO ANSWER CALLS FOR BETTER MOBILE COVERAGE IN GUNDILLION
Friday, 3 August 2018
Mobiles are ringing and data is flowing around Gundillion after three local community groups banded together with Telstra and the NSW Government to activate a new base station in the region.
Telstra Area General Manager Chris Taylor said the new mobile base station provided improved coverage for local residents, businesses and motorists.
“This is an important moment for the local community of Gundillion, who can now make and receive mobile calls and access high speed mobile broadband through Telstra’s 3G and 4GX services.
“Whether it’s a parent being able to call the kids, a small businesses taking a credit card payment for the first time or a local producer using sensors to run their farm more effectively, mobile connectivity is becoming increasingly important for growth and stability in regional Australia”, said Mr Taylor.
Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional NSW and Member for Monaro John Barilaro officially launched the new tower, backed by funding from the NSW Government, Palerang Financial Services and the Gundillion Recreational Reserve trust.
“This is a huge step forward for the people of Gundillion, and for people across our regions who we know need better digital connectivity for improved mobile and broadband services,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Improving mobile connectivity is critical for business, access to emergency services and for staying in touch with family and friends.
“More than that, digital connectivity is a key focus of the NSW Government and is one of the infrastructure priorities we shared at the launch of the 20 Year Economic Vision for regional NSW in Bathurst earlier this week – our guiding framework for investment backed by the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund.
“The community has been calling for this and I commend Telstra, Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council and the local community organisations who have backed the cause and helped to make this tower a reality.”
Mr Barilaro said this was the perfect example of Government working with the community in a bid to improve mobile and broadband services for the region.
“The new tower will revolutionise the way we do business in Gundillion and the locals are thrilled. On the road and in the paddock, we can now reliably connect with essential services across Australia and around the world,” said Mandy O’Brien from local community group Gundillion Recreational Reserve Trust.
Mr Taylor said the new Gundillion base station was part of a $75 million investment program by Telstra over the past 12 months to boost coverage and connectivity for regional communities.
In addition to delivering immediate benefits to the local communities the new site readies the region for future rollouts of new technologies, such as 5G.
“We continue to invest more in building mobile networks in regional and rural communities than any other mobile network provider, and we offer more mobile coverage in more parts of the State,” said Chris Taylor.