Hon Michael Mischin LLB (Hons) BJuris (Hons) MLC

Hon Michael Mischin LLB (Hons) BJuris (Hons) MLC

Former Attorney General; Minister for Commerce

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    Mobile and broadband boost for Wheatbelt businesses

    25/10/2013 12:00 AM
     
    • Better mobile and internet coverage rolls out across regional WA
    • Towers at Clackline, Miling, North Gingin, Wongonderrah and Woodridge
    • Funded by the Liberal National Government’s Royalties for Regions program

    Another five telecommunications towers have been built across the Wheatbelt as part of the Regional Mobile Communications Project (RMCP).

     

    The towers in Clackline, Miling, North Gingin, Wongonderrah and Woodridge are delivering improved mobile telephone coverage and access to high-speed wireless broadband in the Wheatbelt region.

     

    Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the project, which was funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program in partnership with Telstra, was helping break down the regional digital divide in Western Australia.

     

    “The RMCP is transforming the way people live and work in the State’s regional areas, particularly in locations that previously had very limited coverage,” Mr Mischin said.

     

    “For example, the new tower in Miling launched today has brought mobile and internet coverage to the town for the very first time.”

     

    Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said regional businesses were some of the biggest beneficiaries of the improved telecommunications.

     

    “This coverage will make rural and remote businesses more competitive,” Mr Grylls said.

     

    “Reliable voice and data services are particularly critical for businesses with mobile operations so they can communicate with customers and ensure staff safety when travelling or working offsite.

     

    “Wheatbelt farmers will also benefit by being able to more easily access weather forecasts and check grain prices.”

     

            Fact File

    • Telstra was awarded $39.2m from the WA Government’s Royalties for Regions program to implement the project and will deliver about $106m in value to the State
    • The project commenced in January 2012 and will take approximately three years to complete. 74 of the 113 towers planned have been switched on

    Commerce Minister’s office - 6552 5600

    Regional Development Minister’s office - 6552 5500