Phone black spot plan

ALKIMOS residents could expect better mobile reception in early 2016, with tower plans currently being assessed.

Resident Chris White said at the June 23 Wanneroo City Council meeting there was a lack of reception in the suburb.

“Residents have to go outside the house to get a reception for mobile phones,” he said.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the city was aware of the issue, which she said was “unacceptable”, and had contacted federal and state politicians.

The City’s planning and sustainability director Philip St John said the city had contacted developers in the area.

“(The developers) have advised that the matter is being addressed and it is intended that telecommunication infrastructure be operational in early 2016,” he said.

“To facilitate this, a development application for a telecommunication facility (in the form of a tower to accommodate equipment) was lodged with the city on June 12.

“The facility is to be located within the site occupied by the Alkimos Waste Water Treatment Plant. The application is currently being assessed and a decision will be issued once assessment has been completed.”

The Federal Mobile Black Spot Program has invited the public to nominate locations in outer metropolitan, regional and remote Australia that do not have mobile coverage. Email nominations to mobilecoverage@communications.gov.au.