Regional Telecommunications Project improving mobile phone coverage
Boorabbin, in the Shire of Coolgardie, is the latest location to benefit
Made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program
About 80 kilometres of the Great Eastern Highway between Southern Cross and Coolgardie is no longer a mobile black spot, thanks to the Liberal National Government's $85 million investment in telecommunications through the Royalties for Regions program.
Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the new Boorabbin tower would expand mobile telephone coverage and high-speed wireless broadband connectivity along the highway and further into the Great Western Woodlands.
"The Boorabbin National Park along the highway is a popular location to view the unique native trees and wildflowers in the ecologically significant Great Western Woodlands," he said.
"The Great Eastern Highway is also the primary road for people travelling between Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Perth, and this tower will provide improved coverage and peace of mind for motorists.
"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 State Government service delivery, support the growth and prosperity of regional communities and improve safety.
"The increase in mobile communication in Boorabbin builds upon the $20 million Royalties for Regions investment for the enhanced prescribed burning program and the $12.3 million for fire crew protection equipment, increasing support for emergency services," Mr Redman said.
"The Government's investment in mobile telecommunications infrastructure will benefit emergency services and improve emergency response times in Western Australia's regional areas, particularly when placed along major transport routes."
The rollout of new phone towers across regional WA is the result of a partnership between the State Government and industry.
Commerce Minister's office - 6552 5600
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700