Great Southern mobile phone tower boost to improve back-up battery life

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Nineteen mobile phone towers are set for a battery upgrade under the new funding.
Camera IconNineteen mobile phone towers are set for a battery upgrade under the new funding. Credit: David Baylis/Community News

Nineteen mobile phone towers across the Great Southern are set to undergo upgrades to boost back-up battery life to support regional communities in the event of natural disasters.

The $13.2 million Federal Government investment will upgrade regional and remote phone towers across Australia to provide a minimum of 12 hours of back-up power.

Lake Grace, Albany, West Tambellup, Manypeaks and Porongurup will be among the Great Southern towers to be improved under the first stage of the program.

O’Connor MP Rick Wilson said stronger mobile phone towers would increase the resilience of regional communities.

“This investment will allow mobile phone towers to keep operating for at least 12 hours after the power goes out, making a real difference for communities during and after a natural disaster,” he said.

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