Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Former Minister for Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Electoral Affairs

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    Wheatbelt towns get better connected

    2/11/2016 12:05 AM
    • Regional Telecommunications Project improving mobile phone coverage
    • Kununoppin and Grass Valley in the Wheatbelt are latest locations to benefit
    • Made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program

    People living and working in the regional communities of Kununoppin and Grass Valley now have better access to mobile telephone coverage and high-speed wireless broadband, thanks to the Liberal National Government's $85 million investment through the Royalties for Regions program.


    Acting Commerce Minister Peter Collier said the new towers, activated in July and August, provided reliable mobile coverage to the towns of Kununoppin, Grass Valley and surrounds.


    "Kununoppin and Grass Valley are key producers of wheat and sheep and are important grain receival points in the Wheatbelt region.  Previously these towns had little to no mobile reception," Mr Collier said. "Both towers are now 'on-air' meaning residents, businesses and visitors to the towns can access improved 3G/4G mobile coverage.


    "Faster speeds and more reliable mobile coverage will allow users to connect with family, friends and clients as well as watch video on-the-go and run their businesses more effectively."


    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 State 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.


    "The Liberal National Government is committed to fulfilling the social and economic potential of regional areas in this vast State and these new towers will make significant improvements to the lives of regional residents and visitors."


    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.


    Fact File

    • The State Government's significant investment in regional telecommunications since 2012 is leading to the development of 266 new mobile phone towers in regional WA
    • Co-funding from the Australian Government's $100 million Mobile Black Spot Program and industry will deliver 130 new or upgraded towers in WA over the next 3 years 
    • Kununoppin and Grass Valley towers were delivered in partnership with Telstra
    • For information, visit http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/regionaltelecommunications

    Acting Commerce Minister's office - 6552 6300

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700


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