Eganstown phone tower switched on at last

A new phone tower in Eganstown, officially launched last week, is more than just convenience for residents. It represents a peace of mind they have campaigned for for years.

Community advocate Adam Shepherd campaigned for the tower to fill a former mobile black spot.

The tower, activated in February, has also enabled Mr Shepherd to work from home, working independently of his NSW-based office job with Essential Energy. 

The towers were jointly funded by Telstra and the federal government as part of the Mobile Black Spots Programme.

Under the program, the government has funded six towers in the area including Eganstown, Glenlyon and Bullarto.  

The Eganstown tower was built to increase mobile coverage in an area that is also fire prone from the nearby Wombat State Forest.

The Advocate reported it took 15 minutes to contact emergency services about an Eganstown house fire in 2016 due to the lack of mobile coverage.

Authorities were eventually contacted on a landline. 

FINALLY CONNECTED: Eganstown resident  Adam Shepherd campaigned for a phone tower to fix the mobile black spot problem his town faced. This has paid off as he can work from the comfort of his own home. Photo: Dylan Burns

FINALLY CONNECTED: Eganstown resident Adam Shepherd campaigned for a phone tower to fix the mobile black spot problem his town faced. This has paid off as he can work from the comfort of his own home. Photo: Dylan Burns