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Monday, 1 September 2014
Page: 9076

Telecommunications

To the Honourable Members of the House of Representatives in the Parliament assembled:

This petition of the citizens of Eyre Peninsula in South Australia draws to the attention of the House the lack of adequate 3G/4G mobile phone, and Internet coverage across Eyre Peninsula, in particular to the towns on major transport routes and Port Lincoln airport which handles over 200,000 passengers a year. This puts lives at risk particularly in times of fire and accident emergencies through the inability to notify the many volunteers who operate most of them. This totally unacceptable service is significantly reducing the economic and social activity in this large region which is approximately the size of Tasmania. It's sparsely populated but bountiful producing 42% of the State's grain, 80% of the State's seafood and is a highly visited tourism region. Our children suffer due to lack of technology available to schools in these areas.

We therefore ask the House to: Ensure delivery of a new base tower to resolve the lack of Comprehensive hand held mobile coverage in buildings in the townships of Poonindie, North Shields and Louth Bay. Connecting us with the world, helping to save lives and improve quality of life. We also ask that the house call for and support further investigation into other popular tourist destinations and townships on Eyre Peninsula to upgrade their existing communication infrastructure and implement new infrastructure as needed by their communities for both comprehensive hand held mobile coverage in buildings and Internet access.

from 5,168 citizens