Federal Member for Berowra Julian Leeser MP has welcomed the launch of a new Telstra mobile tower in Sackville North as part of the Turnbull Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.
The Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program is one of the largest ever expansions of mobile coverage in previously underserviced areas in Australia.
The new tower came online in late December 2017, providing comprehensive mobile phone coverage for residents in Sackville North, South Maroota, Maraylya and Forest Glen.
Mr Leeser says the better mobile reception will significantly improve residents’ lives in the area.
“Residents in towns including Sackville North, South Maroota, Maraylya and Forest Glen live in one of the most beautiful parts of Berowra, but the topography of the area presents telecommunications challenges. Now their businesses and ability to stay in touch with family and friends will benefit,” he said.
“Addressing their mobile black spot issues was one of my key election commitments, and I’m proud to we’ve delivered the project as promised.” Mr Leeser heard first-hand about the need for emergency communications in the event of a bushfire during his visits to Sackville North Rural Fire Brigade. “I know how important mobile phones are, particularly in the more rural parts of the electorate. This Black Spot breakthrough will help both residents and the Rural Fire Brigade better communicate in the event of a bushfire.”
Sackville North Rural Fire Brigade Captain John Turnbull reported the tower had already had an immediate impact.
“Residents are already receiving better mobile coverage, allowing them to better communicate with each other and emergency services should they need to,” Mr Turnbull said.
Crosslands Reserve, Brooklyn and Dangar Island have been identified as the next priority locations in the electorate of Berowra that will see coverage improvements thanks to the Mobile Black Spot Program.
The Federal Government has committed $220 million to its Black Spot Program, with more than 312 new or improved mobile base stations already being delivered.