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Mobile coverage boost for Fleurieu Peninsula

Tuesday 26 May 2020

Digital connection at the Fleurieu Peninsula will receive a boost with an $800,000 partnership to tackle a mobile phone black spot affecting rural communities around Inman Valley and Back Valley.


The new tower is being delivered thanks to funding from the Marshall Liberal Government and Telstra.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said digital connection is vital for regional communities.

"The Marshall Liberal Government has long-recognised the importance of effective telecommunications as critical infrastructure for our rural and regional communities," said Minister Whetstone.

"Mobile phone coverage and connectivity is vital for people living in regional areas, especially at a time like this, when COVID-19 restrictions mean that many families are in isolation and are heavily reliant on mobile coverage to stay connected.

"Improved mobile coverage also leads to economic development opportunities for new and existing businesses and improved service delivery in areas such as health and education.

"Unfortunately, the former Labor Government saw a large backlog in mobile phone black spots across South Australia develop, an issue we remain committed to proactively addressing by working with federal and local governments as well as telecommunications providers."

Member for Finniss David Basham said the new mobile phone tower is a great result for the local community.

"We have been looking to improve mobile phone coverage for years around Inman Valley and Back Valley, as it's essential for townships to stay connected, particularly now," said Mr Basham.

"Our regional communities can only grow if we have a reliable service and keep improving our telecommunications.

"A reliable mobile phone service makes a significant difference for families, individuals and businesses living and working in remote areas. This will improve safety for those in the Inman and Back Valley area as well as open up new economic opportunities."

Regional General Manager for Telstra in South Australia Mark Bolton said keeping connected with family and friends is important for all Australians.

"We rely on mobile connectivity more than ever before for making calls and accessing the internet.

In an emergency having mobile coverage and being able to make a call can make a huge difference for people living in regional areas," said Mr Bolton.

"Telstra is pleased to partner with the State Government to deliver mobile phone coverage for residents in the Inman Valley and Back Valley area. Without this partnership project, this new mobile coverage may not have been possible."

The South Australian Mobile Phone Black Spot Fund has contributed to addressing 39 mobile phone black spot locations in regional South Australia.

This outcome represents a total State Government investment of more than $7 million in mobile infrastructure in regional and remote South Australia from the $10 million Mobile Phone Black Spot Fund.

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