Businesses and residents in Woolomin can now connect to the rest of the world as the NSW Government continues to eliminate mobile blackspots across the state connecting more residents, businesses and community services to better mobile coverage.


NSW Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson said the new 40 metre tower is estimated to provide new and improved coverage across an area of around 203 square kilometres.


“This new tower in Woolomin will provide critical infrastructure to support businesses, the community, local emergency services and make a real difference to the lives and work of local people,” he said.


Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said the upgrade was one of 144 new or upgraded mobile base station sites being delivered across the State in Round 1 of the Mobile Black Spot Program.


“The upgrades delivered in Round 1 of the Mobile Black Spot Program will address up to 795 mobile phone black spots in regional communities and provide more than 14,000 square kilometres coverage throughout NSW,” Mr Joyce said.


NSW Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business John Barilaro said that in Round 1 of the Program the NSW Government is investing $24 million over four years.


“This was part of a total investment of $92 million including $28 million of Commonwealth Government funding and $40 million of carrier funding,” Mr Barilaro said.


“The good news keeps on coming; we have just announced another $15 million investment in the Mobile Black Spot program as part of the 2016-17 Budget, bringing the total NSW Government commitment to almost $40 million.”


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