Regional Telecommunications Project improving mobile reception
Carnamah West, Arrino, Bolgart and Yerecoin latest locations to benefit
Four towns in the Mid-West and Wheatbelt now have better access to mobile phone coverage and high-speed wireless broadband, as part of an $85 million investment through the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.
Carnamah West, Arrino, Bolgart and Yerecoin are the latest locations to be connected with reliable 3G coverage by Telstra, expanding the connectivity along the Carnamah-Eneabba and Midlands roads into the Mid-West and Bindi-Bindi Toodyay Road into the Wheatbelt.
Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the State Government's investment of $85 million since 2012 in regional telecommunications would provide 266 new mobile phone towers.
"It is imperative mobile voice and data services are expanded in the regions to improve Government service delivery and support the growth and prosperity of local businesses and communities," Mr Mischin said.
"The State Government's investment in mobile telecommunications infrastructure will also potentially save lives in accident and emergency situations."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said improving connectivity was vital to maintain regional social and economic development.
"These areas are renowned for their agricultural production, wildflowers and heritage," Mr Redman said.
"I am confident improved mobile telecommunications will help lift tourist visitor numbers, as well as provide a boost to local businesses, residents and emergency service providers.
"It will be easier for families to keep in touch and travellers will be safer.
"It is great to see Royalties for Regions investments such as this contributing to building a better quality of life and paving a brighter future for regional Western Australia."
The rollout of new phone towers across regional WA is the result of a partnership between the State and Australian governments and industry.
Commerce Minister's office - 6552 5600
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700