Regional Telecommunications Project improving mobile phone coverage
Salmon Gums and Grass Patch latest locations to benefit
Made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program
People living and working in the regional communities of Salmon Gums and Grass Patch, in the Shire of Esperance, now have greater access to mobile telephone coverage and high-speed wireless broadband, as part of an $85 million investment through the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.
Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said improving connectivity was a vital step forward for social and economic development in regional areas.
"The new towers will expand the connectivity along the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway and further into the agricultural heartland of the Shire of Esperance," Mr Mischin said.
"Salmon Gums and Grass Patch are important grain receiver points and participate in agricultural research trials aimed at improving crop production. These towers will ensure farmers and local businesses have access to reliable mobile voice and data services.
"The new connectivity will make it easier for families to keep in touch, ensure motorists feel safer and better equipped, and improve emergency service response times."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said it was vital 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 the regions are more willing to embrace and seek new technologies and this infrastructure enables them to do so. Royalties for Regions initiatives such as this contribute to a better quality of life and a brighter future for everyone in our regions."
Commerce Minister's office - 6552 5600
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700