The McGowan Government committed $1 million under the Regional Telecommunications Project to improve communication in an emergency, as well as expand mobile coverage for regional communities and businesses.
The locations were chosen in consultation with Surfing WA, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s Shark Response Unit and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
The upgrades follow the successful installation of a small cell mobile base station at Twilight Beach in Esperance in late 2020.
The new equipment will be installed at a number of popular beaches including Cheynes Beach (Albany), Lighthouse Bay (Exmouth), Willie Creek (Broome), Salmon Beach (Windy Harbour) and Wilbinga Beach (Guilderton).
Installation is expected to commence in the second half of this year.
Comments attributed to Fisheries and Regional Development Minister Don Punch:
“Expanding mobile coverage at some of our most remote beach locations through the McGowan Government’s Surf Beaches Mobile Coverage Grants Program will vastly improve connectivity across regional WA and potentially save lives.
“In the case of an emergency, the ability to communicate quickly and effectively is vital.
“Investing in upgrades to telecommunications infrastructure not only enables our regional communities to thrive, in this case it is also helps to keep Western Australians safe at the beach.”
“The team at Powertec are delighted with our latest announcement, projects which have a direct, positive impact on communities are those we take great pleasure in being involved with. The Surf Beaches Mobile Coverage Program has provided us the opportunity to demonstrate some of our unique repeater technology in not only addressing the connectivity challenges of remote and isolated areas, but also in a manner that can potentially save lives.
We look forward to collaborating with our many talented local partners across the state in delivering improved safety and communication for the Western Australian community.” Doug Pukallus, CTO – Chief Technical Officer.
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