The newly installed Telstra mobile base station at Buckenbowra is now delivering 3G and 4GX mobile coverage across the top of Clyde Mountain, helping improve safety and connectivity for people travelling on the Kings Highway between Nelligen and Braidwood. The new mobile base station was jointly funded by Telstra and the Commonwealth Government as part of the Mobile Black Spot Program. Telstra say the site has proved challenging to construct due to its location within the Mongo National Park . The absence of a mains electricity supply requires alternative technologies with 72 large batteries powered by 60 solar panels, supported by a permanent generator which kicks in to enable continuous coverage when the panels are unable to charge the batteries due to low levels of sun. Mobile coverage can be impacted by a variety of factors including terrain. Despite the significant hills and valleys across the mountain range, Telstra say they have been able to deliver approximately 11 kilometres of new handheld Telstra coverage across the top of the mountain between Pooh Bear’s Corner and Cabbage Tree Creek, more if you have an external antenna or booster. Combined with existing mobile coverage from the Nelligen and Braidwood sides of the mountain Telstra expects travellers across the mountain will now notice better mobile coverage, with the new site also providing Triple Zero connectivity for customers of other networks in times of emergency driving on this section of the Kings Highway. Full credit should go to the years of advocacy by members of the Braidwood and Nelligen communities and to the ongoing pressure of our local Federal member, Fiona Phillips, who has campaigned for years for the Clyde Mountain mobile phone black spots to be fixed despite three federal MP’s over the years failing to gain traction on this vital service in a location notorious for accidents.
Above: "Finally". Michelle Edwards has never given up in her pursuit of this critical solution to what has been an emergency response nightmare for all too many.