BUSINESSES and emergency services have welcomed a new mobile base in Yallingup in the lead-up to the busy holiday period and the start of the bushfire season.
Rivendell owner David Irwin said it was fantastic to have the new mobile base in Yallingup and they had already seen an improvement in their mobile coverage.
“We can be inside the building and talk on our phones now,” he said.
Department of Fire and Emergency Services Capes region district manager Danny Mosconi said they used mobile phones as a way to distribute bushfire warnings.
“The Yallingup community has strong bushfire ready groups and part of their strategy is to use mobile phones to advise the community about bushfires,” he said.
Telstra area general manager Boyd Brown said the new site at Yallingup East, located off Wildwood Road, was now delivering state of the art mobile coverage.
Mr Brown said the new base station were among 183 mobile coverage black spots across regional and rural WA benefitting from expanded 3G and 4G mobile coverage.
“Yallingup is a holiday hot spot and this new site is a significant achievement to support residents and businesses in the lead up to this busy time over the festive period,” he said.
Mr Brown said the site was equipped with a 4GX service which provides a faster mobile network.
Mr Brown said the federal government’s Mobile Black Spot Program encouraged carriers to build infrastructure in remote areas.
Telstra’s rollout of the Mobile Black Spot Program involves co-investment of more than $486 million in regional and rural Australia, with $228 million from Telstra, $134 million from the federal government and tens of millions in additional funding from state and local governments.
Forrest MP Nola Marino said this was great news for Yallingup.
“Mobile reception is a necessity of the 21st century,” she said.
Source: Busselton Dunsborough Mail.