Regional Telecommunications Project improving mobile phone coverage
Wilyabrup, near Yallingup, the latest location to benefit
Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program
The South-West region continues to gain better access to mobile telephone coverage and high-speed wireless broadband with a new tower officially launched today at Wilyabrup, as part of an $85 million investment through the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program.
Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the new mobile tower, activated in June this year, provided modern mobile coverage to Wilyabrup extending along Caves Road between Gracetown and Yallingup, including a portion of the Margaret River coastline.
"The State Government's investment of $85 million since 2012 in regional telecommunications is providing 266 new mobile phone towers across regional Western Australia," Mr Mischin said.
"These are exciting times for the Wilyabrup community who can now use their computers, laptops, mobile phones, tablets and other wireless devices in more places, with faster speeds and fewer drop outs."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Wilyabrup phone tower was the final of 23 towers the State Government pledged to deliver as part of the initial stage of the Regional Telecommunications Project, launched in 2014.
"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," Mr Redman said.
"I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions making significant improvements in the lives of people living, working and travelling in our State's vast regional areas.
"The next rollout of regional mobile phone towers will deliver 130 towers in partnership with the Australian Government as part of the Regional Telecommunications Project and the Mobile Black Spot Program."
The Wilyabrup tower is delivered in partnership with Telstra
The State Government's significant investment in regional telecommunications since 2012 is driving economic growth through the development of 266 new mobile phone towers in regional WA
Commerce Minister's office - 6552 5600
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