The communities of Paruna and Peebinga are now experiencing better mobile phone service thanks to Coalition Government investment announced in 2020 though round five of the Mobile Black Spot program.
Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP said the switch on of the new mobile base station at Peebinga this week was a big win for the local region and a great example of a proactive community taking advantage of the Coalition Government’s commitment to investing to improve connectivity in the regions.
“This significant investment in telecommunications as part of the Mobile Black Spot Program means that people living and working in Peebinga will now have better mobile coverage,” Mr Pasin said.
“Mobile phone connectivity is no longer a luxury but a necessity for doing business and a key piece of safety equipment.”
“I am pleased to see that with the support of the Coalition’s Mobile Phone Blackspot Program, Optus has been able to erect towers at Paruna and Peebinga.”
Mr Pasin said the Peebinga community, local Council, farmers and businesses owners, had pulled together to make a case for improved service in the region.
“This community were incredibly active in lobbying Government and the telecommunications companies to demonstrate the economic benefit to the region improved service would bring,” Mr Pasin said.
“I’ve been working with the Peebinga community since 2018 to see improved service. To have this tower on and operating is a great result,” Mr Pasin said.
“I’m proud that the Coalition Government listened and delivered for Peebinga.”
Mr Pasin said the Peebinga tower switch on followed the Optus switch on at Paruna in April this year which was also co-funded through round five of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot program.
The Coalition’s $380 million investment through the Mobile Blackspot Program has generated a total investment of more than $875 million, to deliver more than 1,270 new mobile base stations across Australia.
In contrast Labor invested $0 and delivered 0 new mobile phone towers when they were in Government.
“Communities across Barker have been a direct beneficiary of Coalition Government investment with improved mobile service delivered to 32 locations across the electorate including Mindarie, Murtho, Meribah, Pata, Wunkar, Nildottie, Pata, Wynarka and Mundulla West,” Mr Pasin said.
Mitolo Family Farm’s, John Mitolo said improved mobile service was a great benefit to the business.
“The new mobile phone tower at Peebinga has brought not only a much-needed improvement to our overall daily communications as a business, but more importantly, huge safety benefits to our team,” Mr Mitolo said.
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