Eight Goldfields-Esperance areas secure telecommunications power system upgrades

Eight Goldfields-Esperance areas will receive power system upgrades to improve resilience in WA’s telecommunications network after
the State Government secured 26 per cent of the national funding pool.  Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Esperance will each receive a portable generator, and Grass Patch will get a generator and power system  upgrade.

Gibson, Coomalbidgup East and Cascade will have their battery and power system upgraded, while Higginsville Mine and Salmon
Gums will receive a 12-hour battery upgrade.  The State Government secured 141 mobile tower upgrades of the 544 awarded nationally by committing $988,000 last year to co-fund the upgrades.

In round one of the program, WA secured 108 of the 467 sites funded nationally, or 23 per cent of total sites.  Regional Development
Minister Alannah MacTiernan said bushfires during summer reinforced the need to improve resilience in WA’s telecommunications
network.

“While telecommunications is a Federal responsibility, our Government’s funding contribution has ensured WA gets its fair share of this important program,” she said.  A spokesperson from Ms MacTiernan’s office said the upgrades were set to start in mid-2022.

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