Telecommunications boost for rural West Australians
Rural property dwellers cite open space and safety as some of the benefits of living in a regional area, however there are also a number of obstacles that come with living in remote locations.
Limited access to telecommunications is one such challenge that faces rural residents, with this issue likely to be a consideration prospective property buyers will keep in mind when on the hunt for real estate.
Taking this into account, West Australian house hunters may be interested in the state government's rollout of the Regional Mobile Communications Project (RMCP) across the state.
Five RMCP towers are being erected in the Shire of Northampton, improving mobile telephone coverage and high-speed wireless broadband in the state's mid-west.
Regional development minister Brendon Grylls said thousands of residents would benefit from the multimillion-dollar initiative, which would bring rural areas in line with metropolitan locations.
"Telecommunications are essential for the regional communities to conduct business and keep in touch with friends and family," Mr Grylls explained.
"I am pleased the RMCP is improving the safety of community volunteers who often rely on mobile communications when coordinating efforts in responses to bushfires, car accidents and other crisis events."