Mobile phone coverage boost for Monteagle

Federal Member for Riverina and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack at the Monteagle base station recently. Photo: contributed

Federal Member for Riverina and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack at the Monteagle base station recently. Photo: contributed

People living close to Monteagle should be enjoying improved mobile phone service.

A new small cell base station has been installed and is now on air.

The project was made possible thanks to joint funding from the federal government and Telstra.

The 4G mobile phone coverage should extend along sections of Monteagle Road, and Monteagle stock route should also benefit from the improved coverage.

The new tower is the 818th base station to be installed under the federal government's and Telstra's mobile black spot program.

Deputy Prime Minister and Riverina MP Michael McCormack visited the site recently.

He encourages people to continue to identify mobile black spots and reach out to their elected members to help improve mobile service in rural and remote areas.

"I am delighted to have helped deliver small cell mobile phone coverage for the Monteagle community," he said.

"The first five rounds of the mobile black spot program are funding 1,229 mobile base stations around Australia, with more than 820 of these already on air and providing much needed mobile connectivity to rural and regional areas.

"But I know there is more to be done to continue delivering improved coverage for rural and regional Australians, which is why the government announced $160 million last year to fund a further two rounds of the successful program.

"I strongly encourage people to continue to identify mobile black spot areas and to engage with their local council, state MPs and my office so mobile network operators and infrastructure providers can be effectively lobbied.

"Councils and local stakeholders can also financially support applications for mobile black spots within their regions, so I also encourage a proactive and collaborative approach to engage telecommunication providers so our region receives the service we need and deserve."

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