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$20 million Mobile Black Spot funding benefits Mining and Pastoral Region

For more information, contact Dave Grills Grills (Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region).

Mobile phone coverage in the Mining and Pastoral Region will be vastly improved, thanks to a further $20 million investment over two years made possible by Royalties for Regions.

Released today by the Commonwealth Government, Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Dave Grills MLC said the funding would support 78 sites throughout regional WA.

Mr Grills said this included 78 new mobile base stations and small cell satellite installations to be constructed by Telstra and Optus across WA.

“The new sites will be delivered under Round 2 of the Commonwealth Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program further improving mobile phone coverage throughout regional WA,” Mr Grills said.

“I’m very pleased the Mining and Pastoral Region will benefit from 42 of these 78 site upgrades.

“This important new infrastructure will provide development opportunities for small businesses in remote areas and support other Royalties for Regions initiatives including in the areas of tourism, transport and agriculture throughout the Mining and Pastoral Region.”

In the Goldfields-Esperance and Kimberley regions, 23 sites have been earmarked for improvements including:

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Region

Location

Shire

Optus

Goldfields Esperance

Alexander Bay (campground)

Esperance

Optus

Goldfields Esperance

Cape Le Grand (Lucky Bay Campground)

Esperance

Optus

Goldfields Esperance

Ilkurlka Roadhouse

Laverton

Optus

Goldfields Esperance

Tjirrkarli

Laverton

Optus

Goldfields Esperance

Tjuntjuntjara

Menzies

Optus

Kimberley

Bell Gorge

Derby-West Kimberley

Optus

Kimberley

Drysdale River Station

Wyndham-East Kimberley

Optus

Kimberley

El Questro

Wyndham-East Kimberley

Optus

Kimberley

Ellenbrae Station

Wyndham-East Kimberley

Optus

Kimberley

Emma George

Wyndham-East Kimberley

Optus

Kimberley

Home Valley Station

Wyndham-East Kimberley

Optus

Kimberley

Kalumburu

Wyndham-East Kimberley

Optus

Kimberley

Mindibunga

Halls Creek

Optus

Kimberley

Mt Barnett RH

Derby-West Kimberley

Optus

Kimberley

Purnululu 2 - Wilderness Lodge

Halls Creek

Optus

Kimberley

Purnululu 3 - Kurrajong

Halls Creek

Optus

Kimberley

Purnululu Visitor Centre

Halls Creek

Telstra

Goldfields Esperance

Broad Arrow

Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Telstra

Goldfields Esperance

Daniell Siding

Esperance

Telstra

Goldfields Esperance

Harms Lake

Dundas

Telstra

Goldfields Esperance

Mount Ney

Esperance

Telstra

Goldfields Esperance

Ora Banda

Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Telstra

Goldfields Esperance

South Cascade

Esperance

Mr Grills said the remainder of the 42 funded sites were located in the Pilbara, Mid West and Gascoyne regions.

While Telstra is providing wide area coverage, Optus’ small cell satellite solution is an innovative means of providing mobile phone coverage up to a three kilometre radius for communities and tourist hotspots in remote parts of the State, where wide area coverage is unaffordable.

“The State Government has invested more than $105 million in regional telecommunications since 2012, driving the construction of 344 new or upgraded mobile phone towers and small cell satellite installations in regional WA,” Mr Grills said.

“This project is a result of successful collaboration with the Commonwealth Government and industry, which will continue to support other Royalties for Regions initiatives and narrow the digital divide by eliminating mobile black spots at prioritised locations, including those in the Mining and Pastoral Region.”

The Nationals WA Candidate for Roe Peter Rundle said the Regional Telecommunications Project was a critically important initiative that would ensure people living, working and travelling in regional areas of the state had access to key services.

Royalties for Regions is playing a significant role in transforming the Goldfields-Esperance region and I look forward to seeing this investment bring greater social and economic benefits to the area,” Mr Rundle said.

Full list of sites attached. For more information, visit: http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/regionalmobilecommunications

For media enquiries contact Dave Grills MLC on (08) 90711 500 or email dave.grills@mp.wa.gov.au