Ocean Beach in Denmark will see new and improved mobile phone coverage in 2019 after a new location was approved for a base station under the Federal Government’s Mobile Blackspot Program.
The Ocean Beach tower, announced under round 1 of the Mobile Blackspot Program, came to a halt after difficulties obtaining a suitable location and planning approvals.
I’m very pleased a solution has been found for mobile coverage at Ocean Beach.
An alternative site near the Denmark Community Windfarm has now been approved by all parties which is expected to provide very good coverage to the Ocean Beach black spot location and Caravan park as well as the popular William Bay tourist area and sections of coastline.
The mobile blackspot program has been a fantastic initiative of this government producing real outcomes for communities across O’Connor. So far 74 towers have been delivered under the program with a further 11 still to be completed. Considering there were zero prior to 2013, that’s a really good outcome.
When issues arose with the tower at Ocean Beach I was contacted by many concerned residents, emergency service volunteers and other stakeholders who need a reliable signal to operate.
I refused to let this tower be moved to another area of the electorate. It’s been a 12-month campaign with many people involved but I am very pleased to finally see a result.
The tower at Ocean Beach is expected to be complete by June 2019.