The call was heard: Black Springs to get better mobile coverage

HAPPY: Member for Calare Andrew Gee says the people of Black Springs have campaigned tirelessly for better mobile coverage and will now get the service they deserve.
HAPPY: Member for Calare Andrew Gee says the people of Black Springs have campaigned tirelessly for better mobile coverage and will now get the service they deserve.

FEDERAL Member for Calare Andrew Gee says there will be safety and tourism benefits at Black Springs when a new small cell base station is turned on at the village.

Mr Gee says residents will be able to get improved mobile phone coverage thanks to the Telstra small cell base station which will be installed under round five of the Australian Government's Mobile Black Spots Program.

But he also says those passing through will be more likely to stop.

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The black spots program aims to improve mobile phone coverage for communities in rural, regional and remote areas whereby telecommunication companies are able to nominate sites for a subsidised mobile base station.

Mr Gee made the announcement about the station when he visited Oberon last week.

"The people of Black Springs have campaigned tirelessly for better mobile coverage in their area, and this base station will facilitate the much-needed coverage they deserve," he said.

"It's a win for local residents but will also hopefully encourage people to stop and stay in Black Springs, providing an economic boost as well.

"It will also assist with vital emergency services communications, including for the local RFS brigades, which we know is particularly critical especially after the fires that ripped through the region last summer.

"Well done to the Black Springs Community Association and everyone who rallied to make this base station happen."

Mr Gee said the Telstra small cell tower will give coverage of between four and six kilometres.

"This will cover the village of Black Springs and surrounding locations," he said.

"Black Springs is a crossroad for a lot of travellers and tourists. Now they can stop, check their phones or emails and hopefully take time to enjoy this unique location.

"I hope other telecommunications or communication service providers will jump on board to extend the mobile coverage."

The Australian Government says funding guidelines for the next round of the Mobile Black Spot Program are currently being redesigned to improve outcomes for small communities.

The next round is expected to open later in 2020.