There is now better phone reception at Moonan Flat.
Thanks to the Federal Government's Mobile Black Spot Program new mobile base station was turned on this week significantly improving the phone service along Hunter Road.
Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said he was pleased that more local residents and businesses would now have better service.
“My constituents have raised the need for mobile coverage in the Upper Hunter and I’m pleased to be part of a Government that is listening and delivering,” Barnaby Joyce said.
“The new small cell mobile base station was completed by Telstra and is the latest of 45 sites across the New England to receive new or improved mobile coverage under the program."
“I know how much this service means for the Post Office, the pub and café in the village."
“It not only helps local people run their businesses, but it also keeps us safe and connects the furthest reaches of our electorate."
“This is real delivery for people in the Upper Hunter and New England.”
Minister for Regional Communications, Regional Health and Local Government, the Hon Mark Coulton MP, said the Coalition Government is committed to improving connectivity for people living in regional and rural areas.
“The improved service is thanks to the Liberal and Nationals Government’s $380 million Mobile Black Spot Program, which is eradicating phone black spots across the New England,” Minister Coulton said.
“This Government knows how frustrating it is to be talking on the phone or browsing the internet and then lose service, so we’re getting on with the job of building more phone towers to deliver better service.”
The Telstra small cell at Moonan Flat is the 853rd MBSP base station to be switched on, and the 34th in the New England electorate. It was jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Telstra under Round 4 of the MBSP.
More information about the program is available at www.communications.gov.au/mbsp