Optus has switched on a new tower at Firefly to boost coverage and connectivity to the area.
The new site was co-funded by the telecommunication company as well as the Federal and NSW governments as part of the Mobile Black Spot program.
Coverage from the site, which is co-located on an existing tower along Bunyah Road, enables more than 190 homes to connect to mobile reception.
More than 14 kilometres of roads and highways such as sections of the Bucketts Way, Firefly Road, Wallanbah Road, Avalon Road and Mill Street will have coverage enhanced.
Optus regulatory and public affairs vice-president, Andrew Sheridan said: "Bringing much-needed mobile coverage to rural communities like Firefly is important for residents.
"It not only means greater safety for people living, working and driving through these areas by unlocking access to communication but it also helps to facilitate contact with family and friends," Mr Sheridan said.
There was nothing more frustrating than the inability to send a text, receive a call or email when you need to, especially in times of emergency.Stephen Bromhead
Member for Lyne David Gillespie was thrilled to see the new tower activated.
"This is great news for both locals and visitors in the area," Dr Gillespie said.
"Having access to 4G mobile and data coverage will provide an enormous boost, especially for businesses that rely on good connectivity.
"I'm delighted our region is continuing to benefit from the Federal Coalition Government's multi-million dollar investment in eliminating mobile blackspots."
Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said there was nothing more frustrating than the inability to send a text, receive a call or email when you need to, especially in times of emergency.
"This tower is going to make a real difference in the lives in this area because if we want our regional communities to continue to grow and prosper we've got to get them connected and got to make sure they have the modern communications for education, for tourism, for business and in particular for our emergency services," Mr Bromhead said.
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