Mobile service announced for Wynarka

Mobile service is near: Wynarka resident Yvonne Mann has experienced the lack of mobile service for 35 years of living in the town. Photo: Emmalie Balnaves-Gale.

Mobile service is near: Wynarka resident Yvonne Mann has experienced the lack of mobile service for 35 years of living in the town. Photo: Emmalie Balnaves-Gale.

Residents of Wynarka have been in the dark with mobile phone coverage but that’s about to change.

On December 1, Member for Barker Tony Pasin announced that Wynarka will be one of five towns to receive upgraded or new towers in round two of the Coalition’s Mobile Black Spots Program.

Mr Pasin said that in round two, about 6500 homes and businesses across 17,500 square kilometres will receive upgraded coverage.

“Mobile coverage in these regions will provide important connectivity for residents, and will be particularly useful for farmers who are often isolated when working,” he said. 

Wynarka resident Melony Baumgurtel said the current service is very frustrating.

“We really are not that far from major regional centres and to have such appalling service is very disappointing,” she said,

It is expensive as residents have to have a landline due to such terrible service and they can’t get to use their mobile phone plans to their full capacity.

“Generally people always try to contact you by your mobile even when you let them know the landline is preferred method of contact, so it can be days till you get you messages once you are in a service area.” 

Ms Baumgurtel said their pockets get hit by insanely expensive wireless broadband plans for small data allowances and paying for an extra aerial.

“Better coverage could actually mean more service providers so we could choose a better more competitive plan,” she said.