Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said local residents and businesses will have access to extended mobile coverage with a new mobile site to be built at Lowanna East, as part of the NSW Government’s Connecting Country Communities Fund.
Mr Fraser said the development demonstrates the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment to eliminating mobile black spots across the State, ensuring better access to mobile coverage for people in regional NSW.
“This upgrade is going to make a real difference,” Mr Fraser said.
“Businesses will be able to operate without interruption caused by calls dropping out and people will have access to improved mobile phone coverage to keep in touch with their family and friends.
“The people of the Coffs Coast deserve reliable mobile coverage and this mobile site means locals in this black spot will now have mobile access so they can talk with family and friends, run their businesses more easily as well as the vitally important access to Triple Zero calls and information about potential hazards.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the NSW Government has committed $50 million to the Connecting Country Communities fund, which is proving to be a great success.
“Having reliable coverage in rural and regional NSW should not be a privilege”, Mr Barilaro said.
“Connectivity is at the heart of everything we do from running a business, getting produce from paddock to port or staying in touch with family.
“We know that in order to keep up you have to be connected and are working as fast as we can to cover the gaps in coverage across the state.”
Digital connectivity including mobile coverage is one of the five key areas to receive significant infrastructure investment from the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund.
So far, 143 mobile base stations across regional NSW have been built or upgraded thanks to NSW, Commonwealth and mobile carrier funding and this announcement takes the total number of new sites funded to more than 200.