Residents and businesses of Clunes are set to get better reception as a result of a new program to eradicate a mobile phone black spots.
Jointly funded by the federal and state governments and telcos, round one will see $92 million spent across the state.
Lismore MP Thomas George said the NSW Government commitment of around $24 million is ‘going directly towards assisting the carriers with tower construction costs in NSW.’
He added that the initiative would ‘help locals stay connected, improve local emergency services and make it easier to do business.’
‘As part of the three year rollout, residents and businesses will benefit from a share of the 144 new or upgraded mobile base stations as part of the program,’ Mr George said.
The tower at Clunes will contribute to more than 14,000 square kilometres of new coverage in NSW.
‘A build schedule with further details on the rollout will be released every six months until the program is complete,’ Mr George promised.
Regional development minister John Barilaro said the NSW Government had ‘worked closely with the Commonwealth and mobile phone carriers to maximise the funding and subsequently the benefits of this program for regional NSW.’