Coalition Government delivers better landline and mobile coverage to Elliston and Wudinna

Media Release

FN122/2017

31 July 2017

Joint release with:

Rowan Ramsey

Federal Member for Grey

  • Reliable landline and 4G coverage to be delivered through the Building Better Regions Fund
  • Project beat hundreds of others to receive $1.3 million in funding from the Coalition Government
  • Coalition Government growing regions through the Building Better Regions Fund

Elliston and Wudinna will receive reliable landline and 4G services thanks to $1.3 million from the Coalition Government's Building Better Regions Fund, Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey and Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash announced today.

Minister Nash said the project would deliver reliable landline and 4G services by upgrading the currently overloaded radio link between Elliston and Wudinna. As an added bonus, it will also improve local ADSL internet services.

“I aim to help build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and reliable landline and mobile services are a big part of that," Minister Nash said.

Mr Ramsey said unreliable landlines and mobile services were at best a severe inconvenience.

“While home and business internet services are being upgraded through the NBN, the replacing of this aging micro-wave link addresses issues across landline and mobile, with the bonus of better ADSL internet," Mr Ramsey said.

“The high capacity communications service between Elliston and Wudinna will soon be a reality with funding confirmed today under the first round of the Coalition Government's new Building Better Regions Fund.

“I am particularly pleased with this announcement which follows extensive meetings I had with the Minister, her department and Telstra searching for a solution to Elliston's communications issues.”

Mr Ramsey said he had worked closely with Telstra General Manager SA Mark Bolton to find a solution for Elliston.

“I thank Telstra for its very strong investment in this project. The State Government is contributing as is the District Council which is also making a very significant contribution.

“The key design features of the project include the installation of optic fibre, transmission equipment and tower upgrades which will improve landline and mobile services,” he said.

“As a measure of the benefits that will flow, it is estimated that from an initial total investment of $2.56 million, this project will return $8.5 million to the national economy.

“The project is being jointly funded with the Coalition Government contributing $1.34 million under the BBRF, the South Australian Government contributing $100,000, the District Council of Elliston $80,000 and Telstra $1.04 million.

“This is the first round of the BBRF, but it follows hot on the heels of the old National Stronger Regions Fund under which the Grey electorate has done very well. This latest round lifts the total of Commonwealth funding on these projects to close to $30 million and is a clear indication that this electorate is punching above its weight.”

More information about the Building Better Regions Fund is available at: www.business.gov.au/bbrf