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Backup telecommunications services installed in Mullewa to prepare for natural disasters

Jamie ThannooGeraldton Guardian
Mullewa has been given access to backup communications services.
Camera IconMullewa has been given access to backup communications services. Credit: Supplied/Supplied

The Federal Government has announced it has installed backup telecommunication infrastructure in Mullewa, improving the town’s resilience in case of natural disasters.

Mullewa Civic Centre can now access backup NBN Sky Muster satellite services, which the Government said would allow people to access emergency information and stay in contact with loved ones during a disaster when land-based networks may be offline.

The project was part of the Government’s Strengthening Telecommunications Against Natural Disasters program.

Minister for Communications Michelle Rowland said reliable communications infrastructure was crucial in disaster situations.

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“While no network can ever be 100 per cent disaster-proof, these investments will go a long way towards ensuring local residents can stay connected in the most difficult times, especially to access potentially lifesaving information and advice,” she said.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said he was glad to see the project was completed.

“The City is pleased to see this project come online,” he said.

“The residents of Mullewa can now rest assured there is another safety net available to them in times of crisis.”

Senator for Western Australia Glenn Sterle said building resilience was important for towns such as Mullewa.

“Staying connected during a natural disaster can be the difference between life and death, whether that be receiving the latest information or contacting emergency services,” he said.

“This project is a major boost for Mullewa and will help ensure we minimise the risk of local communications network disruptions when natural disasters strike.”

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