People living and working in Compton will now have better phone service to make calls, browse the internet and stay connected with family and friends.
The new mobile base station being launched today will significantly improve phone service in Compton.
Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the switch on of the new mobile base station in Compton under the Mobile Black Spot Program reflects the Federal Government’s commitment to further improving mobile connectivity.
“This significant investment as part of the Mobile Black Spot Program means that people living and working in Compton will now have better mobile coverage,” Mr Pasin said.
“The first five rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program are funding 1,229 mobile base stations around Australia, with more than 850 of these already on air and providing much needed mobile connectivity to rural and regional areas.”
“The improved service, thanks to the Federal Government’s $380 million Mobile Black Spot Program, is eradicating phone black spots across the country, including here in Barker, with 26 locations in the electorate now experiencing or looking forward to improved coverage under the program,” Mr Pasin said.
“This Government knows how frustrating it is to be talking on the phone or browsing the internet and then lose service, so we’re getting on with the job of building more phone towers to deliver better service.
“Mobile phone coverage is no longer considered a luxury. It’s a necessary tool for doing business, growing our economy and Agricultural industries,” Mr Pasin said.
“Not only does improved mobile service help our regional businesses but it’s a critical safety tool too,” Mr Pasin said.
The new mobile base station was completed by Telstra and is the latest of 26 sites across Barker to receive new or improved mobile coverage under the program.
District Council of Grant Mayor Richard Sage welcomed the improved coverage at Compton.
“Mobile phone coverage in regional areas is even more of a critical issue due to the COVID -19 pandemic and the need for people to work from home or undertake home schooling with their families. Council are pleased to see a new Macrocell tower commissioned near the community of Compton, which is a growing rural living area and satellite community for the City of Mount Gambier,” the Mayor said.
“Regional Development Australia – Limestone Coast is very supportive of the continued expansion of the digital network throughout the region,” Chair Peter Gandolfi said. “It provides community benefits multiple ways – socially, economically along with enhancing community safety.”
More information about the Federal Government program is available at www.communications.gov.au/mbsp.
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