Chidlow residents will soon have better mobile phone and internet coverage thanks to a new Telstra base station.
Regional manager Boyd Brown said the new base station, jointly funded by the Federal Government and Telstra under the Priority Locations Round (Round 3) of the Mobile Black Spot Program, will be co-located on the Chidlow NBN tower.
Mr Brown said the new mobile site would provide more than 28 square kilometres of improved 4G and 3G mobile coverage to more than 55 local premises and businesses in an area which has previously experienced quality of service issues due to its rolling hills and valleys.
“This is exciting news for the local Chidlow community with the new mobile site set to transform the level of mobile communications with better voice and data services,” he said.
Mr Brown said the new mobile site will address coverage issues along Liberton Road, up to Wooroloo to the east and Toodyay Road to the west.
“Improved mobile coverage will also support emergency services and locals in times of need as this area is located in a high fire risk zone where communications make a big difference,” he said.
Minister for Regional Communications, Senator Bridget McKenzie, said the activation of the base station would provide an essential upgrade to local connectivity.
“The Liberal and Nationals Government’s priority is to provide Australians with better access to reliable communication services, which is why we have committed $380 million to the Mobile Black Spot Program to improve mobile coverage and competition across regional Western Australia including to local communities such as Chidlow,” Minister McKenzie said.
“To date the Program has funded 317 new mobile base stations in Western Australia, with 234 of these now on air. This will provide residents with better access to education services, help them stay connected to loved ones and essential services, while helping local businesses grow.”