Telstra tower at Gosse waiting for power connection

TOWER CONSTRUCTION: The construction of the new Gosse/Stokes Bay Telstra mobile phone tower at Kangaroo Lagoon seen in the promotional video.
TOWER CONSTRUCTION: The construction of the new Gosse/Stokes Bay Telstra mobile phone tower at Kangaroo Lagoon seen in the promotional video.

Kangaroo Island residents in the Gosse and Stokes Bay area may have noticed improved mobile phone coverage in recent weeks.

Telstra has been conducting tests on its new Gosse/Stokes Bay Telstra mobile phone tower at Roo Lagoon on the Playford Highway west of Parnadana.

But the tower won’t be permanently switched on until it is connected to the power network, which should happen by the end of the month, according to a Telstra spokesperson.

Tests were conducted in recent weeks when the tower was powered up using a mobile generator.

Telstra has also put out a couple of short promotional videos on social media about the new Gosse/Stokes Bay tower.

Local resident Sue Florance has been lobbying for improved mobile coverage in the Gosse and Stokes Bay areas on behalf of the Parndana Progress Association.

“Everyone was so excited on the one day it was switched on with the generator and then it went away,” Ms Florance said. “It will be great when they actually turn it on permanently.”

The new Gosse/Stokes Bay mobile base station was funded under the Federal Govt's Mobile Black Spot Program.

Optus meanwhile recently installed a smaller local mobile phone antenna at Stokes Bay, but that only serves the immediate area around the Rockpool Cafe.

Locally based company Beam Internet meanwhile has also been connecting Parndana residents to the Internet using its fixed wireless technology. 

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