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Left to right: Jarrod Bielby from Regional Development Australia, Member for Barker Tony Pasin and Rob Seymour, Optus Territory General Manager, South Australia at the new Wynarka site Left to right: Jarrod Bielby from Regional Development Australia, Member for Barker Tony Pasin and Rob Seymour, Optus Territory General Manager, South Australia at the new Wynarka site Featured

Optus has switched on a new mobile site in Wynarka, South Australia, as part of round two of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program aimed at  improving and extending mobile phone coverage in regional and remote Australia.

The new mobile tower provides residents and visitors to the area with dedicated Optus mobile coverage for the first time.

The new site, located on Moorlands Road, Wynarka, was co-funded by Optus and the Federal Government and will provide mobile coverage across 129 square kilometres, reaching more than 100 households. Additionally, the site will enhance reception along about 150km of road between Tailem Bend and Karoonda.

Andrew Sheridan, Optus vice-president of Regulatory and Government Affairs, said the program was important in providing coverage to people living in remote and rural parts of Australia.

“The ability to make and receive calls and browse the Internet is something that we believe all Australians should have access to. Access to mobile coverage brings a range of benefits to these communities, beyond being able to make calls it enables them to browse the Internet and use the latest in-home technology, which is at the centre of the modern, connected way of life,” Sheridan said.

Wynarka is the eleventh Federal Government Mobile Black Spot site to be delivered by Optus in South Australia. Two additional sites, at Yahl and Blanchetown, have been delivered directly with the South Australian Government.

“Seeing the benefit that this program has brought to so many rural and remote Australian communities only serves to strengthen our commitment to continue to offer residents in these parts of Australia with a great value, reliable mobile service,” Sheridan said.

Regional Services Minister Senator Bridget McKenzie welcomed Optus’ announcement.

“The Mobile Blackspot Program is delivering much needed new investment in mobile infrastructure across regional Australia to address mobile coverage issues. It’s fantastic to see that the program is reaching more and more communities across the country, like Wynarka. The Mobile Black Spot Program is enabling mobile carriers to service areas like Wynarka where it would otherwise not have been economically viable,” she said.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said improving mobile phone coverage in Australia’s rural, regional, remote areas had been a key priority for the Coalition Government.

“We recognise the vital importance of mobile phone coverage to people living, working and travelling in regional and remote parts of the country," he said.

“Reliable and effective mobile communications is a key driver of the enormous contribution that our regions make to Australia’s economic growth.

“I’m lobbying within government for a rolling Mobile Blackspot Program so we can continue to improve telecommunications in more areas of need.”

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