Media Release, 05 June 2020

Telstra expands coverage along Victoria's Great Ocean Road

Melbourne, Friday 5 June 2020: Telstra has switched on a new mobile black spot site at Kennett River on the Otway Coast as part of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.

Telstra Regional General Manager Loretta Willaton said the new site brings dedicated 3G and 4GX coverage to areas around Kennett River and along the Great Ocean Road.

“We know how important it was to Kennett River locals and visitors to get this new site built and connected, bringing dedicated coverage to the town for the first time,” Ms Willaton said.

“The site at Kennett River demonstrates Telstra’s continued commitment to bringing improved connectivity to towns and communities along the Great Ocean Road.”

Telstra has boosted connectivity along the Surf Coast and Great Ocean Road over the last four years.

As part of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program, Telstra has delivered five macro mobile sites at Kennett River, Separation Creek, Cape Otway, Apollo Bay and Hordern Vale as well as two small cell to boost mobile coverage at Aireys Inlet and Anglesea.

Telstra has also invested in 13 mobile sites at Wye River, Johanna, Lavers Hill, Yuulong, Princetown, Lorne, Fairhaven, Aireys Inlet, Anglesea and Torquay to improve mobile coverage on the Surf Coast.

“These sites are boosting mobile connectivity for locals and tourists to the Great Ocean Road and helping to drive better outcomes for people who live, work and travel in this beautiful part of Victoria.”

“The Great Ocean Road and Surf Coast area is a challenging area to deliver mobile coverage because of its terrain and topography however we’re committed to delivering vital infrastructure and boosting connectivity through this area,” Ms Willaton said.

Telstra Media contact:

Matt Smithson – Telstra State Media Manager (VIC/TAS) – E: media@team.telstra.com
Media reference number: 064/2020