Emergency satellite phones installed on Oxley Highway

15 November 2016

Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey today announced emergency phones will be installed on the Oxley Highway to improve emergency response times and potentially save lives.

Melinda Pavey said the phones will be installed at various locations on the Oxley Highway to complement the $10 million improvement program.

“The program was jointly funded by the Centre for Road Safety and Roads and Maritime Services after a Safety Route Review.

“Fast communication with emergency services can sometimes be the difference between life and death,” Mrs Pavey said.

“The Motorcycle Council of NSW completed a mobile phone reception survey which identified a number of blackspots for mobile phone coverage on recreational motorcycle routes with a high number of motorcycle crashes.

“Five sites were identified and sealed for the phone installation. The phones will use a satellite connection and solar power energy due to the remoteness of the sites.

"It is anticipated the five sites will be operational by the end of January next year.

“Calls on the emergency phones are free and answered 24 hours a day by the NRMA call centre.

“Calls are assessed and, depending on the type of emergency, will be directed to the appropriate response team,” Mrs Pavey said.

The five phone locations are:

Emergency Phone 1 – rest area east of Ralfes Trail Road

Emergency Phone 2 – rest area east of Knodingbul Road

Emergency Phone 3 – Ginger’s Creek Road House

Emergency Phone 4 – Coachwood Road

Emergency Phone 5 – Seaview Road adjacent to Enfield State Forest

For more information visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/northern.

View the original media release.

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