Residents of Manyallaluk have received mobile phone and fixed broadband services thanks to a three-year, $30 million co-investment program between the NT Government and Telstra.
Manyallaluk is about 100 km north-east of Katherine and is home to about 100 people.
Both the NT Government and Telstra have each committed $5 million per year over three years to the program that will build at least eight new mobile base stations in remote communities within the Territory.
The community of Barunga has also benefitted from the program and now has a fixed broadband service, further to its previous constructed mobile service, which will help provide new economic opportunities for locals.
Member for Arnhem Selena Uibo said the agreement with Telstra has been integral to the government’s pursuit of reliable telecommunications infrastructure in remote communities.
“The NT Government, in conjunction with Telstra, is providing people living in the bush with the same access to telecommunication services as those in our cities,” Ms Uibo said.
“The provision of this telecommunications infrastructure will provide the people of Manyallaluk and Barunga with greater capacity to develop businesses and gain access to economic opportunities.
“Access to mobile and broadband services allows families to more easily stay in touch, which is so important for our remote and regional communities. If an emergency were to arise, mobile phone coverage can play a major role in getting people the care they need, it’s a wonderful development for the communities of Manyallaluk and Barunga,” Ms Uibo said.
“I am happy to confirm that Santa Teresa, Kaltukatjara, Minyerri and Yarralin will also receive both mobile phone and fixed broadband services before the end of the year.”
Minister for Corporate and Information Services Lauren Moss will be in Canberra tomorrow to hold a range of meetings with Federal Government Ministers and Senators.
Minister Moss will use the visit to put the case for more Federal Government investment in telecommunications in remote and regional Territory communities as well as tourism infrastructure.
This article was originally published by the Katherine Times.