Sending a selfie now possible from Warroo

Telstra’s Chris Taylor, local Ted Morgan, Cr. Grant Clifton, Warroo Hall Chairman Chris Simmonds, RFS Supt. Ken Neville & MP Michael McCormack.The installation of a Telstra tower in the blackspot community of Warroo means locals will now have mobile phone reception.

Southern NSW Telstra General Manager, Chris Taylor, said the new base station –part of a roll-out across Central NSW -will benefit the farming community.

“Communities nominated their area as blackspots and in need of a tower,” he said.

“Warroo was one of the communities in round one that were fortunate enough to be provided with this tower. The decision to award funding to the Warroo site was made back in December 2015.”

Deputy Mayor, Grant Clifton, was delighted that a locality within the Forbes Shire was chosen for a network.

“Out here in Warroo, it’s going to be absolutely fantastic. It’s not going to solve everybody’s problems, but the ones that do now get coverage, I think it’s going to be much better for their businesses, for their personal life andfor medical reasons,” he said.

Local farmers Field Jackson and Jonathan Dradyare disappointed that their propertiesare located outside of the service reach.

At a community barbecue launch for the new tower last Friday, the pair discussed their difficulty in gaining mobile phone reception.

“It only goes about five kilometresfrom here. I’m the Fire Captain of the Fairholme Brigadeand I could be getting messages when I’m down the paddock, or at home..anywhere,” Mr Jackson said.

Mr Drady agreed, saying that with neither the promised satellite NBN 25mb/s or the new Telstra connection, the only communication options are stilllandline orUHF.

He said upgrades of the new tower or the possibility of a Bedgerabong tower, to be installed in mid 2018, may be able to improve his connection.

“They’d be instances every year where people have an accident. That’s where mobile phones are good,” Mr Drady said.

“Normally when you fall over or you hurt yourself, you’ve got your mobile phone, but it’s only good if it works.”

Member for Riverina, Michael McCormack, said not everyone is able to benefitfrom the new towerstraight away.

“A lot of things do affect the signal, so you’re not going to get everybody who is completely satisfied,” he said.

“I was speaking to two farmers, one who has now got the first service he’s had for 20years, he’s delighted. Another who is 7km down the road, is a little bit disappointed that the reach is not quite as much as he would have liked, that’s why there is an ongoing program,” he said.

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