THURSDAY 2.53pm: RESIDENTS and businesses in Bonalbo are now benefiting from the new mobile base station, as part of the Government's Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP).
Sharon Bird, who works in Bonalbo as the community's pharmacist, said she has already seen the major difference mobile service has made on her business and is excited about how efficient her workplace has become.
"First thing we were able to do was buy an eftpos machine that uses the 3G network, which is much more reliable than the telephone has been in the past," Mrs Bird said.
"I can now be on call, so the hospital, the doctor and the community can ring me after hours and I can offer them an after hours service.
"My wholesaler also showed me their app I can now use on my mobile as it has 3G connection, so now we can go round our shelves and do our ordering more efficiently.
"We are just very happy and as soon as it happened there was great excitement in town."
Telstra Area General Manager Mike Marom said the expansion of mobile coverage in the area was another example of Telstra's ongoing commitment to regional and rural Australia.
"This is a significant moment for our customers in Bonalbo who have had their call answered for better mobile coverage," Mr Marom said.
"The growing use of mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets is changing the way we live and we are acutely aware of the challenges facing communities living with limited access to a mobile network."
The Northern Rivers and Richmond Rivers regions are expected to receive another 17 mobile base stations, with plans for them to be completed by the end of 2018.
WEDNESDAY 2.14pm: MOBILE phone calls just got a whole lot easier for Bonalbo residents today with a new base station switched on in the town.
Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the station was part of the Government's Mobile Black Spot Program and would offer improvements to services for people in Bonalbo, Bottle Creek, Joes Box, Lower Peacock, and parts of Gorge Creek.
"The new mobile base station in Bonalbo will bring a much-needed boost to mobile coverage in the area, providing benefits to emergency service operators, businesses, and residents," Mr Hogan said.
"It is the fifth base station in our community that has gone live under Round 1 of the Mobile Black Spot Program. The other sites are Copmanhurst, Hernani, Bentley, and Coffee Camp."
Mr Hogan said about 20 new base stations will be constructed in the community.
"Whole communities that previously had little to no mobile reception are now enjoying talking with family and friends, workmates and clients."
A map of the mobile black spot locations and the locations which will receive new or upgraded coverage under the program is available at http://nationalmap.gov.au/