- Former SES member Malcolm Holt honoured with the naming of a mobile phone tower at Kalbarri National Park
- First time a mobile phone tower has been named in honour of a community member in Australia
- Mobile phone tower will improve emergency service response times to the park
Visitors to Kalbarri National Park have one man to thank for the mobile phone coverage they now receive, which could potentially be lifesaving in an emergency.
Former State Emergency Services Kalbarri Deputy Manager Malcolm Holt lobbied for several years to have a mobile phone tower erected in the park, after a lack of coverage affected efforts at quick emergency responses.
Today (August 9) a Telstra mobile phone tower was unveiled in Mr Holt's honour at Kalbarri National Park by Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan and Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm.
It is the first time that a member of the public has had a mobile phone tower named in their honour in Australia.
Mr Holt, 77, volunteered with the Kalbarri SES unit for six years and helped with communications and logistics.
He saw a pressing need for better communications at the national park, which attracted 400,000 visitors in 2017-18, and after several years was successful in having a mobile phone tower established.
The new tower is part of the Mobile Black Spot Program co-funded by the Federal Government and the State Government's Regional Telecommunications Project.
Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan:
"Mr Holt's efforts exemplify the character of those people that volunteer in our emergency services.
"They are selfless individuals who help their fellow community members in the event of an emergency, but they also look at how community safety can be improved.
"Mr Holt saw a pressing need for mobile phone coverage in the popular Kalbarri National Park and kept pushing until he was successful.
"Mr Holt's tireless advocacy means thousands of visitors to the beautiful Kalbarri National Park now have the security of knowing that if something unfortunate occurs, they have the mobile coverage to call for help."
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