Mobile coverage boosted in Eden-Monaro

Jul 17, 2020 | Media Releases 2020

People living and travelling through Cathcart will now have better phone service to make calls and stay connected with family and friends.

The new mobile base station has now been switched on and will significantly improve phone service and provide new and improved 3G and 4G mobile coverage to the areas around Bombala, Bibbenluke and Cathcart.

Nationals Senator for NSW Perin Davey, said it is fantastic news that local residents and businesses would now have better service in more locations.

 “The new mobile base station, jointly funded by the Federal Government and Telstra under the Priority Locations Round (Round 3) of the Mobile Black Spot program, is the 852nd base station to be switched on under the Mobile Blackspot Program.”

“Our continued investment in mobile phone base stations is further proof of the Coalition’s commitment to connecting Australians, wherever they are, particularly in regional towns like Cathcart”

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts the Hon Paul Fletcher MP said the switch on of the new mobile base station reflects the Morrison-McCormack Government’s commitment to further improving connectivity in the regions.

“This significant investment as part of the Mobile Black Spot Program means that people living, working and travelling in in and around Cathcart will now have better mobile coverage.” Minister Fletcher said.

“While no telecommunications network is 100 per cent impervious to damage from natural disasters, Australians naturally want to be confident our communications networks are as resilient as possible. The Mobile Black Spot Program is an important part of this as it provides an alternative communications option if another network goes down during an emergency situation.

“The first five rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program are funding 1,229 mobile base stations around Australia, with more than 850 of these already on air and providing much needed mobile connectivity to rural and regional areas.”

Minister for Regional Communications, Regional Health and Local Government, the Hon Mark Coulton MP, said the Coalition Government is committed to improving connectivity for people living in regional and rural areas.

“The improved service is thanks to the Liberal and Nationals Government’s $380 million Mobile Black Spot Program, which is eradicating phone black spots across Eden-Monaro,” Minister Coulton said.

“This Government knows how frustrating it is to be talking on the phone or browsing the internet and then lose service, so we’re getting on with the job of building more phone towers to deliver better service. 

“Not only will these towers make it easier for people to stay connected to family and friends, it will also make it easier to do business and access education.”

Minister Coulton said more than 40,000 Triple 0 calls have so far been made possible through the Mobile Black Spot Program.

More information about the program is available at