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The rollout of the national mobile blackspot program has seen the town of Panuara South in central NSW become the latest community to have mobile phone coverage improved with the switching on of a new tower by Optus.

The new site, part of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program, was selected and built as part of a jointly funded partnership agreement between Optus, the Federal Government and Newcrest Mining.

Optus says the site was selected following extensive community engagement to ensure the site best meets the coverage needs of the Central West community.

The site was visited on Monday by Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee and Cadia District Enhancement Project chairperson, Florence Ovenden, with Newcrest general manager, Peter Sharpe and Vin Mullins, Optus Manager of Planning.

“This site would not be standing here today without the strong desire from Newcrest Mining to support the local community. From the moment they engaged with Optus, it was clear that the community was front of mind,” said Mullins.

“There was assistance at all stages of the development at a local level with extensive community engagement to ensure that we delivered on the coverage objectives of local residents and businesses. Combining this strong local support with the Federal Government’s Blackspot program is a shining example of how Government, private enterprise and communities can work together.

“At Optus we committed to ensuring that all Australians have access to reliable mobile coverage, competitive plans and importantly choice.

“This is the fourth Mobile Black Spot that we have switched on in Central NSW in the last nine months and its rewarding to see these regional communities benefiting from access to greatly enhanced mobile coverage.”

Cadia General Manager, Peter Sharpe said, “While improved telecommunications will provide benefits for hundreds of landholders in the area, the real win is showcasing that working together as a community, through the Cadia District Enhancement Project and, can achieve a long term positive legacy that will benefit the region for decades to come.”

Local landholder and chairperson of the local community group who campaigned for the telecommunications tower, Florence Ovenden, said, “The construction of the towers will increase communication on our farms and assist our agricultural businesses”.

“It will ensure we feel connected with the wider community and support our local emergency services. We are very grateful for the regional focus and support of Optus and Cadia and the very generous federal Government grant in assisting our local community.”

Optus says coverage from the site – and more than 140 square kilometres of the surrounding area - is now enabling more than 160 homes to connect to reliable mobile reception, providing them with the ability to make and receive calls, text and browse the internet.


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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