Official Media Release

Emergency Communications Boost For Upper Hunter

Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today announced that the public safety network (PSN) in the Upper Hunter has been boosted with the completion of a public safety site in Quirindi.

Mr Johnsen said the new radio site, delivered by NSW Telco Authority, was vital to ongoing community safety in Quirindi.

“The public safety network provides our emergency services with a single, integrated network on which to communicate,” Mr Johnsen said.

“The NSW Government is committed to expanding and strengthening this critical infrastructure, to ensure frontline responders have an enhanced and more reliable network to help keep our communities safe in Upper Hunter.

“Public Safety Network sites were crucial in supporting the Rural Fire Service, Police, Fire and Rescue, Ambulance and the State Emergency Service during last summer’s bushfires.”

Mr Johnsen joined Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello today to inspect two additional PSN sites under construction at Mount Myra and Mount Berrico.

Mr Dominello said the NSW Government was investing more than $600 million in essential infrastructure to better protect communities.

“This investment will protect communities and save lives,” Mr Dominello said.

“The expansion forms part of the biggest investment in critical communications infrastructure by the NSW Government in two decades.”

In addition to the completed site in Quirindi, construction is underway at a further three sites across the Upper Hunter at Mount Myra, Mount Berrico and Upper Allyn.

The delivery of these emergency communications sites follows a recent $217 million boost to NSW Telco Authority to continue to expand the footprint of the PSN across NSW.