Mobile phone coverage in the Tasman Peninsula will be boosted under a re-elected Liberal and Nationals Government after Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin and Coalition candidate for Lyons Deanna Hutchinson secured a commitment for a new mobile tower on the Arthur Highway.
Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin said he and Ms Hutchinson had visited the municipality on Thursday to announce a million dollar commitment to upgrade the Nubeema Civic Centre and Sports Complex.
“We asked the locals if they had any other issues and several people raised the issue of mobile coverage,” Senator Martin said.
Lyons Liberal and Nationals candidate Deanna Hutchinson said she got on the phone to Regional Telecommunications Minister and Deputy Leader of the Nationals Bridget McKenzie and secure an immediate promise of one new tower with the possibility of more to come.
“This small cell tower will be built along the Arthur Highway between Taranna and Port Arthur and will give locals and motorists a better connection to the world,” Ms Hutchinson said.
“This is particularly important in emergency situations as locals report ambulance officers aren’t always able to send and receive information via SMS.”
“Greater access to mobile services in regional Tasmanian improves the ability to keep in contact with family and friends; allows better access by farmers to online services and helps local businesses grow by making these areas more attractive to tourists,”
“Investing in mobile technology needs to be seen as just as critical as investing in traditional infrastructure like roads, rail and bridges,” Ms Hutchinson concluded.