Telstra SA general manager Mark Bolton last week braved the stormy weather to check on the progress of the new mobile tower being built at Gosse, Kangaroo Island.
He was joined by Member for Mawson Leon Bignell and Northpoint car dealership general manager Robert Hoey, who were with Mr Bolton on a Brand SA visit to the Island.
They were met at the tower at Roo Lagoon off the Playford Highway by KI Mayor Michael Pengilly.
But the weather made it a brief visit indeed and State Senator Anne Ruston had to cancel her attendance.
The new tower will be 60 metres high and will provide 3G and 4GX mobile services. This will be Telstra’s ninth mobile tower on KI.
Mr Bolton said the exact level of coverage from the new site was unknown at this stage and will be affected by topography.
However, its location on the highest point in the area would ensure a significant improvement in coverage to people living and travelling through the Gosse Stokes Bay area, he said.
Telstra expects to begin commissioning the base station site later this week, on about December 19, using a portable generator so locals will notice an improvement in coverage during this time.
Once the commissioning is completed, the site will be then turned off again until the connection of mains power to the site by SA Power Networks is completed.
As of the time of publication, Telstra had not yet been advised of this date.
Telstra has proposed a new tower at Vivonne Bay as part of Round 4 of the Federal Government’s Blackspot Program.
However, at this stage there has been no announcement by the Government either way as to its success.