Mobile phone towers in Monash will be able to keep operating longer if the power goes out during or after natural disasters, thanks to a major new investment by the Commonwealth Government.

Member for Monash Russell Broadbent welcomed the funding that will extend the battery back-up at 9 mobile phone towers in Monash, which will provide a minimum of 12 hours of back-up power.

“Telecommunications – including mobile phone towers – rely on power to operate and are even more so vital during times of emergencies. This investment will allow mobile phone towers to keep operating for at least 12 hours after the power goes out, making a real difference for communities during and after a natural disaster.

“Extending the battery life of the mobile phone towers would increase telecommunications resilience across the electorate.

“Phone towers set to receive a battery back-up boost include Bena, Boorool, Walhalla, Dumbalk, Dumbalk North, Mirboo, North Eccles, Outtrim and Trida.

“The Commonwealth Government is investing in battery back-up to keep mobile phone towers operating longer when the power goes out during or after natural disasters,” Mr Broadbent said.

The Government is providing a total of $13.2 million to Telstra, Optus and TPG to extend the battery back up at 467 mobile phone towers across Australia, under stage one of the program.

More information on the program is available on the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications website.