Tuesday, 4 June 2019
IMPORTANT communications for emergency services will improve along the New England Highway, between Armidale and Tamworth, with the completion of a new $600,000 government radio network site.
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today welcomed the network’s expansion, which saw the installation of new telecommunications infrastructure at an existing radio tower at Kellys Plains.
“The new site is in-filling government radio network coverage along the key stretch of the New England Highway between Armidale and Tamworth,” Mr Marshall said.
“The $600,000 investment includes the installation of a government radio network antenna and telecommunications dishes on the tower as well as upgrades to existing radio equipment.
“This will be a significant boost for our local emergency services when responding to critical incidents such as accidents, bushfires or floods.”
The NSW Government is investing $320 million over the next four years to expand the government radio network across regional, rural and metropolitan communities. This represents the biggest investment in critical communications infrastructure in two decades.
Mr Marshall said the Kellys Plains upgrade was a critical investment for the community and ensures more complete coverage along the New England Highway.
“The NSW Telco Authority is expanding the footprint of the state’s critical communications network to ensure public safety agencies have an enhanced network when serving and protecting the community,” Mr Marshall said.