Three mobile base stations switched on in the Kimberley
November 19, 2018
Three more Durack mobile base stations have been switched on under the Federal Government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program, this time in the Kimberley.
Two have been switched on in the World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park in the Kimberley – home of the magnificent Bungle Bungles – one at the Wilderness Lodge and one at Kurrajong Campground.
Federal Member for Durack and Minister for the Environment Melissa Price said she is excited to see this remote region become connected with mobile coverage.
“The Bungle Bungles are one of Australia’s most magnificent landmarks that were not discovered until 1983 when a film crew making a documentary flew across the top of the ranges. It was quickly declared a national park in 1987 and now attracts about 43,000 tourists each year,” Ms Price said.
“Now that the base station has been switched on this will be a great boost for tourism in the region.”
The Purnululu base station is serviced by Optus 3G Small Cells.
The third base station to be switched on is at Lake Argyle, near the East Kimberley town of Kununurra. This one was completed by Telstra under Round One of the Mobile Black Spot Program.
“Mobile coverage for this area will also be a big plus for tourism, this is a very popular tourist spot; it’s fantastic to see that the program is reaching regions across the country, like Purnululu and Lake Argyle,” Minister Price said.
The Mobile Black Spot Program is delivering 876 new base stations over three rounds addressing black spots in every state and territory, bringing 21st century telecommunications to those living in regional Australia.
The Federal Government is further delivering on its commitment to improve mobile coverage, with a further $25 million committed to a fourth round of the program.