New base stations to improve mobile phone coverage

A state of the art mobile phone tower. Illustrative image: Wiki_CommonsA state of the art mobile phone tower. Illustrative image: Wiki_Commons

Federal Member for Robertson, Ms Lucy Wicks, recently hosted a community forum in Spencer to announce details on the rollout of new base stations to improve mobile phone coverage.
Residents of Somersby, Spencer and Calga will receive improved coverage with the construction of new mobile base stations under the Coalition Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program, Ms Wicks said.
“When you head out west of the M1, the most critical issue that local residents and businesses raise is the lack of reliable mobile phone coverage,” Ms Wicks said.
“That’s why we’ve been working closely over a number of months with the community, including emergency services and progress associations, to fight for better coverage where it’s needed most.
“This is an important step, with Optus confirming that improved services are scheduled to be delivered by the end of the year in Calga, at the site known as Calga Airport, and in the first half of next year for Spencer and along Wiseman’s Ferry Road at Somersby.
“This is great news for these local communities to help them connect with families, friends and workplaces, and also to commuters travelling along the winding stretch of Wiseman’s Ferry Rd.
“The advocacy of community leaders has been vital in this process.
“Thanks must go to local representatives including Robyn Downham from Spencer, Belinda Repton from Wendoree Park, and everyone who’s taken the time to attend the forum in Spencer.”
The new base stations are made possible through the Coalition Government’s commitment to improving mobile coverage nationwide.

Media release, Jul 14
Tim Sowden, office of Lucy Wicks

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