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Emergency services radio boost between Stanwell Tops and Garrawarra

Garrawarra Centre Gates South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

A radio network site will be installed at Waterfall’s Garrawarra Centre to improve emergency services radio coverage south to Stanwell Tops. Photo: NSW Government

CRITICAL communications for emergency services has been boosted with the instalment of a new government radio network site to improve coverage in rugged bushland between Stanwell Tops and Waterfall.

NSW Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the site at the Garrawarra Centre, Waterfall was critical to community safety by in-filling coverage spots in the Royal National Park.

“The NSW Telco Authority is expanding the footprint of the state’s critical communications network to ensure public safety agencies have an enhanced network when serving and protecting the community,” Mr Dominello said.

“The new site allows our public safety agencies to better protect the Royal National Park and visitors during a critical incident, such as a bushfire or flood.”

Heathcote MP Lee Evans said the Garrawarra site extends the network coverage from just the paved roads within the Royal National Park by providing in-fill coverage in the deep valleys.

The Garrawarra site is part of the NSW Telco Authority’s Critical Communications Enhancement Program (CCEP) which is increasing the government radio network from 190 sites to 700, with coverage expanding from 35 per cent of the State to over 80 per cent.

“We are investing $320 million over the next four years to expand the GRN across the State. This represents the biggest investment in critical communications infrastructure in two decades,” Mr Dominello said.

The CCEP represents the biggest investment in critical communications infrastructure by the NSW Government in two decades.

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About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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