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Templeman secures major funding for improved mobile coverage
The Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains will get $6 million in funding for 14 new mobile towers to cover the region’s problematic blackspots, under funding from the Albanese government which claims it is more funding than the region got in the entire decade of coalition government.
Some of the funding was announced during last year’s Federal election campaign but additional funding under the long running Mobile funding has been secured under the new government for Yellow Rock and Mount Tomah.
Mobile network operators are also being funded for new towers and services at Blaxlands Ridge, Bowen Mountain, Oakville, Maraylya, Berambing, Bilpin, St Albans, Central, Upper and Higher Macdonald,, Hawkesbury Heights and Bullaburra.
Many areas have been without mobile overage sine the 2013/2014 bushfires and others since the 2019/2020 fires
“Small businesses can’t operate without good connectivity,“ Federal Member for Macquarie Susan Templeman said. The blackspot and mobile coverage are ongoing problems with the National Broadband Network.
“Mobile connectivity is vital for our region, and I’ll continue to lead this fight for improvement.
“I commend the work of the Hawkesbury City Chamber of Commerce who” have invited community groups to join them in meeting with senior Telstra executives this week. I welcome them adding their voices and stories to the issues I’ve been highlighting and working with Telstra to resolve over many years.”
Mobile and broadband coverage continue to be problems for many residents of the Hawkesbury who have to deal with six different technologies from regular operators as well some being frustrated and taking up the more expensive Starlink options.