Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said the mobile phone network upgrades would enhance community safety and make it easier for Eyre Peninsula farmers and small business to do the essential work they need to supply quality food and goods to local, interstate and global customers.
“Access to quality telecommunications and digital services is vital for our regions and the Marshall Liberal Government is proud to be supporting the rollout of infrastructure funded by the State’s $10 million Mobile Phone Black Spot Fund,” Minister Basham said.
“In April I was pleased to visit Brooker Farm Supplies with the Tumby Bay mayor and Liberal candidate for Flinders, Sam Telfer, and witnessed leading ag tech options put in use on farm if supported by communications connectivity.
“Our regions matter and the Marshall Liberal Government has invested $267,000 to deliver the new mobile phone towers for Brooker and Mosely, leveraging a total funding package of over $1 million in partnership with the Morrison Liberal Government and Telstra.
“Since the $10 million was established in the 2018-19 State Budget, the Government has leveraged 54 mobile blackspot solutions in regional South Australia.”
Member for Flinders Peter Treloar said the sites would support progressive farming communities which need access to mobile telecommunications to support business and underpin safety.
“We’re also aware of how essential it is to have phone access during an emergency situation, should one arise,” Mr Treloar said.
“With commitments to build mobile towers at Borthwick Hill and now Brooker and Mosely, a significant improvement in phone service is being delivered to the Eyre Peninsula.”