Savernake residents can rejoice with the recent installation of a new mobile phone tower to help with struggling reception.
The new tower marks the first time the community of Savernake, and the neighbouring community of Rennie, will have access to Vodafone’s 4G mobile network.
It is also the first time local residents in the area can choose from more than one mobile service provider.
The new mobile tower was built under the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.
The tower provides more than 165 square kilometres of new 4G coverage to local residents and people travelling along major transport routes surrounding Savernake and nearby Rennie.
The push for a new phone tower was led by local resident Anne Sloane.
Mrs Sloane said it was two fatal accidents on the Riverina Highway that spurred her action.
‘‘The first time I knew something needed to be done was in August 2010 when an accident occurred and the only form of communication was with two way radio or landline.
‘‘After another accident in December 2011 it took a few hours for the locals to discuss this as a serious issue.
‘‘When we invited (Member for Farrer) Sussan Ley to a public meeting in February 2012, she was surprised with the turnout of 120 people.
‘‘It was in 2014 the community applied for a grant and it (the tower) was finally announced in June 2015,’’ Mrs Sloane said.
Ms Ley said the delivery of a new tower was a long awaited step forward for the communities of Savernake and Rennie.
‘‘The local effort to get a tower here goes back half a dozen years — access to better mobile coverage and greater competition is something all regional communities deserve, so I am thrilled to see this day finally here.’’