Telecommunications boost for Cherry Gardens
Posted February 06, 2020
Cherry Gardens could soon have better mobile phone and data services thanks to a $200,000 Federal funding commitment secured by the Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie.
Photograph: Cherry Gardens resident Don Wotton shows the NBN tower, the potential site for the installation of 4G equipment, to Rebekha and State Member for Davenport Steve Murray.
The grant will go towards a $350,000 Regional Digital Connectivity Infrastructure project to set up 4G equipment on the existing NBN tower on a site near the Blackwood Golf Course.
The State Government, through the advocacy of the Member for Davenport Steve Murray, has agreed to contribute some funds to the project and the remaining amount will be raised via a competitive tender process with telecommunication companies.
The tender process is expected to start in the first quarter of 2020.
“The Cherry Gardens community has worked together to find a solution to their telecommunication issues. There are many black spots in Mayo and I will continue my advocacy to address them,” Rebekha said.
"Mobile black spots and digital connectivity issues are important public safety issues for all regional electorates and require appropriate collaboration from industry and government.”