Regional Telecommunications Project is improving mobile phone coverage
Highbury in the Shire of Narrogin is the latest location to benefit
New tower to provide coverage along a section of Great Southern Highway
People living and working in Highbury in the Wheatbelt can now make mobile calls and access mobile internet, as part of an $85 million investment through the State Government's Royalties for Regions program to improve mobile connectivity across Western Australia.
Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said improving connectivity was a vital step forward for social and economic development in regional areas.
"The new Highbury tower will ensure communities in the agricultural region between Narrogin and Wagin have access to reliable mobile and internet," Mr Mischin said.
"This access will enable businesses to take advantage of necessary technology that helps productivity and makes it easier for family and friends to keep in touch.
"The tower will also provide people driving along this section of the Great Southern Highway the ability to contact the relevant authorities or make a triple zero call in the event of an accident or break down, which can save precious time in an emergency situation."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said it was imperative that mobile voice and data services were expanded in the regions to improve Government service delivery and support the growth and prosperity of regional businesses and communities.
"The Liberal National Government's investment in mobile telecommunications infrastructure is helping to bridge the digital divide for people living and working in our regional areas," Mr Redman said.
"Research has shown that people living in regional and remote areas are more willing to embrace and seek new technologies and this infrastructure enables them to do this. It is great to see Royalties for Regions initiatives contributing to building a better quality of life for everyone in our regions."
The planned rollout of new phone towers across regional Western Australia 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