THE PUBLIC Safety Network (PSN) across the Mid North Coast has been significantly expanded with the completion of four new radio sites at Mount Cairncross, Red Hill, South West Rocks and Yarrahapinni.
Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey, said the radio sites, delivered by the NSW Telco Authority, are vital to ongoing community safety across the region.
"These sites provide emergency services organisations with a single, integrated network on which to communicate," Mrs Pavey said.
"It's technology that saves lives. By expanding the footprint of this critical infrastructure, we are ensuring that frontline responders have a more reliable network to help keep people and places safe.
"PSN sites were crucial in protecting communities and supporting the Rural Fire Service, Police, Fire and Rescue, Ambulance, and the State Emergency Service during the 2019-20 bushfires in NSW."
Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the NSW Government was investing more than $600 million in essential infrastructure to better protect communities.
"During an emergency, every second counts and these new radio sites will make it easier for our local emergency services to communicate when it matters most," Mr Dominello said.
In addition to the four completed Mid-North Coast radio sites, a fifth site has been constructed in Urunga and is awaiting transmission connectivity before being fully integrated into the network.