Digital connection in the Mid North will receive a boost with a $600,000 partnership to tackle a mobile phone black spot at Roseworthy.
The Marshall Liberal Government and Telstra have agreed to partner together to deliver the additional tower.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said digital connection is vital for regional communities.
"The Marshall Liberal Government has long-recognised the importance of effective telecommunications as critical infrastructure for our rural and regional communities," said Minister Whetstone.
"Mobile phone coverage and connectivity is vital for people living in regional areas, especially at a
time like this, with the COVID-19 pandemic meaning people are heavily reliant on mobile coverage to stay connected.
"Improved mobile coverage also leads to economic development opportunities for new and existing businesses and improved service delivery in areas such as health and education.
"Unfortunately, the former Labor Government saw a large backlog in mobile phone black spots across South Australia develop, we are committed to fixing this by working with federal and local governments as well as telecommunications providers."
Member for Schubert Stephan Knoll said the new mobile phone towers are a great result for the local community in the Mid North.
"We have been looking to improve mobile phone coverage for years around Roseworthy, as it’s essential for townships to stay connected, particularly now," said Minister Knoll.
"A reliable mobile phone service makes a significant difference for families, individuals and businesses living and working in remote areas. This will also improve safety for those in the Roseworthy area as well as open up new economic opportunities."
Regional General Manager for Telstra in South Australia Mark Bolton said keeping connected with family and friends is important for all Australians.
"We rely on mobile connectivity more than ever before for making calls and accessing the internet.
In an emergency having mobile coverage and being able to make a call can make a huge difference for people living in regional areas," said Mr Bolton.
"Telstra is pleased to partner with the State Government to deliver mobile phone coverage for residents in the Mid North. Without this partnership project, this new mobile coverage may not have been possible."
The South Australian Mobile Phone Black Spot Fund has contributed to addressing 42 mobile phone black spot locations in regional South Australia.
This outcome represents a total State Government investment of more than $8.7 million in mobile infrastructure in regional and remote South Australia from the $10 million Mobile Phone Black Spot Fund.