Better mobile coverage coming to Cudlee Creek thanks to grant funding
Mobile coverage in Cudlee Creek will soon improve after being awarded co-investment funding to build new mobile coverage under the Commonwealth’s ‘Improving Mobile Coverage Round’ grant program.
Council worked to connect Telstra engagement staff with local community leaders, provide information and surveys to assist in building a case for the grant application.
"This is a great outcome for the Cudlee Creek community, especially given the bushfire risks in that area and the importance of having lines of communication in emergencies," said Mayor, Jan-Claire Wisdom.
"This is an example of the way Council can provide practical support to communities in bushfire recovery."
The successful grant bid will solve a long-term coverage issue and ultimately improve safety for residents and visitors to the area.
“The Improving Mobile Coverage Round is a small part of our Government’s work to improve regional communications, and comes in addition to our $1.1 billion Better Connectivity Plan – the most significant investment in regional communications since the inception of the NBN,” said Minister for Communications, the Hon Michelle Rowland MP.
Telstra has committed co-investment funds to expand coverage at these communities by building new base stations to improve mobile coverage in locations identified as having unreliable service.
“As part of Telstra’s commitment to regional and peri-urban Australia, we're excited to bring high-speed mobile internet to even more communities around the country as part of the Mobile Black Spot Program, which now will also include Cudlee Creek SA," said Mel Channon, Telstra Regional Engagement Manager SA.
"Co-investment programs such as this creates opportunities to improve or deliver coverage which may not otherwise be possible. The new site at Cudlee Creek will provide 4G and 5G coverage.
We wanted to thank the Adelaide Hills Council and the Cudlee Creek community for their support in making this a successful submission.
And as always Telstra continues to invest significantly in maintaining and expanding our mobile network across Australia.”
You can find more information about the Mobile Black Spot Program at: infrastructure.gov.au/mbsp