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Telstra mobile tower damage ‘reprehensible’

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The damaged mobile tower in Mullumbimby. Photo Simon Haslam.

Telstra says last night’s fire at the mobile site in Mullumbimby appears to have been deliberately lit. There is currently no mobile coverage into Greater Mullumbimby.

Telstra Regional General Manager Mike Marom that is was terrible. ‘At a time like this, when communications are so crucial to flood recovery, to have our mobile site damaged and critical telecommunications taken out is reprehensible.

‘What is already a difficult time for Mullumbimby has been made that much harder by what we suspect is an unnecessary, dangerous and selfish act of vandalism.

Crews on site today

Mr Marom said Telstra was working closely with NSW Police on their investigation. ‘We have crews on site this morning to assess the damage and work out how we can bring connectivity back to Mullumbimby as quickly as possible. It could take several days to bring mobile connectivity – in some form – back to the town.

‘We’re working on bringing a temporary mobile service in to Mullumbimby but, with a number of our temporary mobile services already deployed elsewhere across the NSW and Queensland flood zones, we’re having to balance the need for mobile connectivity in a number of places at the same time.’

Mr Maron said Telstra has always been transparent about the need to not only bring services back online in the immediate aftermath of the floods but also the overwhelming need to upgrade services in Mullumbimby, and the recently completed 4G and 5G upgrade works meant the site was operating better than it ever had before.

‘We’ve also been supporting communities at recovery centres with mobile connectivity and hot spots so people can stay in touch with family and friends and services like government agencies.’

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    • I believe this sabotage act is actually domestic terrorism and cannot be flippantly dismissed.
      Thus it is far removed from any self-gratification ‘vandalism’ – as depicted by Mike Marom.
      Australia was a great country once, but now going down-hill.
      It is being quickly being destroyed by internal division agendas and neo-Marxism.

      • Amazing how many people will make public statements (including Justine Elliot) about “deliberate burning” and “terrorism”, based on “news” articles with no evidence or proof been established yet. Telstra have not yet explained how they f**ked up our comms so badly during this latest weather event. Maybe they should be convincing us that they now have that sorted. I doubt it is one fire brought down the whole network again.

      • Do you know what neo marxism rob, a Tory invention. I think more likely one of those qanon freedom fighters who are as far from the left as you describe it.

    • Perhaps the perpetrators were from the presently silent anti-Dunoon dam protest group, FP ?
      As they just know new dams + 5G cause floods.

  1. Hope they “throw the book” at these idiots. That’s the only way they will find out that following their stupid beliefs has serious consequences.


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