Mobile coverage switched on for Calga

Monday, 30 July 2018

 

Residents of Calga will now benefit from improved mobile coverage because a new mobile base station funded under the Coalition’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program has been switched on.

Minister for Regional Communications Bridget McKenzie and Federal Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks MP have welcomed the switch on of a new mobile base station located on Peats Ridge Road, four kilometres off the M1 at Calga.

The new mobile base station was completed by Optus and is the latest of five specific sites across the electorate of Robertson to receive new or improved mobile coverage under the program.

Federal Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks said that the new coverage would open new doors for local businesses and the community by providing the same access to mobile services as that in major cities. 

“The new site addresses a known black spot identified by the local community in Calga, providing them with dedicated mobile reception to make and receive calls, texts and access mobile data.

“Switching on dedicated mobile coverage was particularly important to the residents in this region because it will help boost community safety in the area by ensuring that Calga has access to vital emergency services which have previously never been possible,” Mrs Wicks said.

 “I am delighted to announce as part of a 2016 election commitment that we have delivered the residents and business in Calga and Peats Ridge a much-needed boost to their mobile coverage as a result to the Calga site being switched on,” Mrs Wicks said.

“This site is in addition to the mobile coverage already improved in parts of Mangrove Mountain, Mangrove Creek, Mount White, Somersby and now Calga along Peats Ridge Road.

“We have recently committed another $25 million to this program for a fourth round, delivering more mobile coverage for people living, working, travelling throughout and raising their families in regional communities like the Central Coast.

Minister Regional Communications, Bridget McKenzie said that it’s fantastic to see that the Mobile Black Spot Program is reaching more and more communities across the country, like Calga and Peats Ridge on the Central Coast.

“The Mobile Black Spot Program is so important for our regions. This new infrastructure will enable those living in regional areas to participate in the digital economy and conduct business, as well as access important education and health services across the country,” Minister McKenzie said.

“It is delivering much needed new investment in mobile infrastructure across regional Australia to address mobile coverage issues.

The Mobile Black Spot Program is delivering 867 new base stations over three rounds of funding addressing black spots in every state and territory, bringing 21st century telecommunications to those living in regional Australia.

The Coalition is delivering on its commitment to improve mobile coverage, with a further $25 million committed to a fourth round of the Program.

More information about the program and the rollout schedule is available at: communications.gov.au/mbsp

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