Regional Telecommunications Project improving mobile phone coverage
Molloy Island is the latest location to benefit with new mobile tower
$85 million investment by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program
Molloy Island is the latest location in the South-West to be connected with reliable 3G coverage as part of an $85 million investment through the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.
Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said mobile voice and data services were being expanded in the regions to improve Government service delivery and support the growth and prosperity of regional businesses and communities.
"The mobile tower will ensure access to necessary technology for local businesses on and around Molloy Island; more convenient ways for people to keep in touch with family and friends; increased safety for people travelling on nearby roads and better equipped emergency services leading to faster response times," Mr Mischin said.
"The Regional Telecommunications Project (RTP) is part of the State Government's ongoing commitment to provide improved connectivity for regional communities."
The State Government's significant investment of $85 million in regional telecommunications since 2012 is leading to the development of 266 new phone towers in regional Western Australia.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the RTP was continuing to improve mobile coverage and high-speed wireless broadband in the South-West, ensuring a more connected community.
"Royalties for Regions, through the RTP, is helping to improve connectivity which is a vital step forward for social and economic development in regional areas," Mr Redman said.
"The Government's investment in mobile telecommunications infrastructure is also helping to save lives in accident and emergency situations."
The planned rollout of the new phone towers across regional WA is the result of partnership between the State and Australian governments, Telstra and Vodafone.
Commerce Minister's office - 6552 5600
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700