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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Phillips Renews Calls To Fix Princes Highway Mobile Phone Blackspots

Member for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips, is renewing her calls for mobile black spots to be fixed along the Princes Highway, specifically at Termeil and Benandarah.

Mrs Phillips said "The 2019-20 bushfires made it crystal clear that quality mobile coverage is critical for our community during disasters. Since the bushfires I have been working with Telstra on how to improve telecommunications and mobile phone coverage to help keep people safe."

Mrs Phillips was also pleased to achieve an outcome with Telstra that has realised the construction of the new Clyde Mountain Mobile Tower, pivotal in times of emergency. Further, following the bushfires, Mrs Phillips has been working with Telstra to improve disaster resilience with accomplishments to date of improved battery backup at mobile phone towers. Most critically there has also been the provision of additional mobile Cells on Wheels (COWS) to provide mobile coverage to communities in times of need, the further rollout of 5G technology enhancing mobile coverage, and further assistance from Telstra for customers in times of emergency In recognising the need for improved internet services to assist in disaster resilience and also disaster recovery the Federal Member has closely collaborated with NBN Co. ensuring more homes and businesses are now included within the “Fibre to the Premises” upgrade plan, including the provision of battery back-up that is crucial in times of disaster.

Assisting Mrs Phillips in the task to improve services to the region were the valuable responses to her mobile phone coverage survey last year which helped identify the gaps and work with mobile phone providers to address poor reception and mobile black spots.

“Last year, I was pleased to add my support for Telstra’s submission to the federal government to fix mobile blackspots along the Princes Highway between Batemans Bay and Ulladulla, specifically at Termeil and Benandarah, but there’s much more to do”, Mrs Phillips said.

“I will be continuing to work to address mobile phone coverage across the electorate, particularly along our Princes Highway, so it’s safer for people”, Mrs Phillips concluded.

The Member for Gilmore extends an invitation to anyone with unresolved telecommunications issues they need assistance with Contact the Member for Gilmore’s office on 44 231 782 or call into Mrs Phillips’ electorate office in Nowra or Batemans Bay.


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