Regional Connectivity Program Provides $1.43 Million for Bay to Ulladulla Mobile Service

After strong advocacy by Gilmore MP Fiona Phillips, the good news on April 8, 2022 announces that $1,436,400 has been allocated to Telstra which will roll out two new macro mobile sites in Termeil and Cullendulla providing better coverage of sections of the Princes Highway between Ulladulla and Batemans Bay. The funding, under the Regional Connectivity Program (the RCP) is a grant program for the delivery of “located” telecommunications infrastructure projects to improve digital connectivity in regions, rural areas and regions away from Australia, where better connectivity and increased data are a clear benefit to a local region. The MP for Gilmore has been a strong campaigner to see the improvement of mobile telephony across the region saying “Reliable, quality high-speed internet is not a luxury or a perk – it’s economic infrastructure essential for the 21st century. “I have worked with people across the South Coast through our mobile blackspot survey and with Telstra to improve mobile coverage for the electorate, including the construction of the new Clyde Mountain mobile tower, the improving battery backup in cell towers and adding my support for Telstra’s submission to the Federal Government to fix black spots along the Princes Highway.

Above: Michelle Rowland, the Shadow Communications Minister and Fiona Phillips, MP for Gilmore, visited the area last week, ahead of the announcement, to listen to the concerns of others living in black spots saying ‘Our plan to increase mobile coverage and internet speeds is essential to a better future right here on the South Coast.

The MP for Gilmore has identified that at least $3.5million is needed to address moving blackspots along the Princes Highway, particularly from Batemans Bay to Ulladulla which she says is notorious for poor reception residents and commuters, adding “an additional $3 million to improve mobile coverage in communities with severe coverage issues like Jamberoo, Lilli Pilli, Worrigee and Kangaroo Valley.”

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