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More mobile phone coverage along the Princes Highway.

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Gary Nairn MP Federal Member for Eden-Monaro PO Box 232, Queanbeyan NSW 2620 Tollfree NSW 1800 041 539 Ph: (02) 6297 3952 Fax: (02) 6297 5768

Press Release Ref: 820 Published: 9/10/2002 Title: More mobile phone coverage along the Princes Highway

Mobile phone coverage along the Princes Highway has been boosted again with work completed at another location in the past week.

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Gary Nairn, today announced the activation of a new Vodafone service at Moruya North.

The improvements have been made possible by the Commonwealth’s $25 million programme to provide significant improvements to digital mobile phone coverage along Australia’s major highways.

Mr Nairn said, “This initiative will benefit the many people who rely on their mobile phones when travelling along the Princes Highway for work or recreation.

“I’m advised this new structure will provide digital coverage for up to 7 kilometres from the site.

“Eden-Monaro residents living near the highway will also benefit in their commercial and personal activities from the increased coverage.

“Increased coverage will help improve safety for travellers and local residents and provide a boost for tourism in the local area”, he said.

Vodafone is the tenderer chosen to provide coverage along highways through New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, the ACT and Tasmania by extending its GSM network.

Mr Nairn said, “The Federal Government recognises that access to mobile phones is an increasingly important social, economic facility for all Australians and through this initiative, people using the highway can expect vastly improved mobile phone coverage.

“Importantly Vodafone’s improvements include an offer to other carriers for roaming on to the network. This potentially offers the approximately 10 million GSM users in Australia near continuous coverage along the designated highways,” he said.

Ends…Wednesday, 9 October, 2002

Gary Nairn 6297 3952