People living and travelling through Murtho will now have better phone service to make calls, browse the internet and stay connected with family and friends.

The new mobile base station was officially switched on last week and will significantly improve phone service in and around Murtho.

Member for Barker said the switch on of the new mobile base station in Murtho under the Mobile Black Spot Program reflects the Coalition Government’s commitment to further improving connectivity in the regions.

“This significant investment as part of the Mobile Black Spot Program means that people living, working and travelling in the area will now have better mobile coverage,” Mr Pasin said.

The first five rounds of the Federal Government’s 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.

“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.

“This is why the Coalition Government has been investing in improving regional telecommunications since our election to Government in 2013, with $380 million invested in the program so far,” Mr Pasin said.

“Not only does improved mobile service help our regional businesses but it’s a critical safety tool too,” Mr Pasin said.

Mr Pasin said more than 40,000 Triple 0 calls have so far been made possible because of the improved coverage through the Mobile Black Spot Program.

The Murtho tower is the latest tower in Barker to be switched on under the program, including Bower and Mount Mary most recently.

More information about the program is available at

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