New emergency communications site for north

The Department of Customer Service

The Public Safety Network (PSN) across the Barwon region has been expanded with the completion of a new site in the town of Bellata located in the Narrabri Shire.

Telco Authority Managing Director Kylie De Courteney said the new radio site delivered by NSW Telco Authority was vital to ongoing community safety.

“These sites provide emergency services organisations with a single, integrated network on which to communicate,” Ms De Courteney said.

“It is technology which saves lives and by expanding the footprint of this critical infrastructure we are ensuring frontline responders have a more reliable network to help keep people and places safe.

“PSN sites were crucial in protecting communities and keeping emergency services connected during the recent floods in Northern NSW as well as the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires.”

Ms De Courteney said the network expansion was the biggest investment in critical communications infrastructure by the NSW Government in a generation.

“During an emergency every second counts and the new radio site will make it easier for our local emergency services to communicate when it matters most,” said Ms De Courteney.

The NSW Government is investing $1.4 billion to expand the PSN to better protect communities.

Next to Australia’s triple zero emergency hotline the PSN is the most critical communications network in NSW.


/Public Release.