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Walpole masters communication

WALPOLE has found it easier to communicate with the outside world after the local community and the South West Development Commission obtained funds for the construction of a communications mast.

The mast has connected Walpole to the CDMA digital mobile phone network, improved emergency services and will provide for expansion of radio and television coverage.

Local organisations, with the help of government agencies, secured $191,000 from the Networking the Nation program to contribute to the construction of the mast.

SWDC senior project officer Cath Chandler said the project started during the commission’s study in 1998.

“The community expressed serious concern over the lack of mobile telephony and emergency services communications in the town,” she said.

“With the increase in tourist numbers over the past two years, several emergency situations had been severely hampered by inadequate communications.”

Walpole Sea Rescue president Clark Schofield said local emergency services had already benefited in the few weeks since the tower had been operational.

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