New Emergency Communications Tower At Umina Beach

26 May 2021 regional_development

The Central Coast’s Public Safety Network has been further expanded, with a new radio site now operational.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the new radio site, delivered by the NSW Telco Authority, is vital to ongoing community safety.

“Alongside Australia’s triple zero emergency hotline, the Public Safety Network is the most critical communications network in our State,” Mr Crouch said.

“Public Safety Network sites provide emergency services organisations with a single, integrated network upon which they communicate.

“During the Black Summer of bushfires the Public Safety Network allowed the Rural Fire Service, Police Force, Fire and Rescue, Ambulance and SES continue to communicate even when the general mobile network stopped functioning.

“This is technology that saves lives. By expanding the footprint of this critical infrastructure, we are ensuring that frontline responders have a more reliable network to help keep people and property safe.”

Minister for Digital and Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the NSW Government was investing more than $600 million in essential infrastructure to better protect communities.

“During an emergency every second counts. The new radio site at Umina Beach will make it easier for our local emergency services to communicate when it matters most,” Mr Dominello said.

“The Public Safety Networks’s expansion represents the biggest investment in critical communications infrastructure by the NSW Government in two decades.”

The new radio site is located at 51 Castle Circuit, Umina Beach. Another new radio site at Mount Elliott was completed in March 2021.