Surf Beaches Mobile Coverage Grants program

Page last updated: Wednesday, 9 August 2023 - 2:39pm

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Following the fatal shark attack near Cull Island in Esperance, the Department initiated work to identify popular surf beaches that would benefit from enhanced mobile coverage which would assist first responders in their search operations and for the benefit of the local community generally.

The Department has worked with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and other stakeholders and identified 18 popular surf beach locations throughout the State requiring improvements in mobile coverage.

Up to $1 million funding from the State’s Regional Telecommunications Project is approved for the Surf Beaches Mobile Coverage Grants program to help improve mobile coverage for popular surf beaches.

The application assessment process is now complete and Powertec Telecommunications has been awarded grant funding to commission Cel-Fi repeaters at the following 18 priority sites from the Kimberley to the Great Southern regions:


Sites/Surf Beaches Region
Exmouth Dunes Surf Beach Gascoyne
Lighthouse Bay Gascoyne

Turtles (between Red Bluff and 3 Mile)

Fanny Cove - Esperance Goldfields / Esperance
Cheynes Great Southern
Dingo Beach Great Southern
Greens Pool Great Southern
Mazzoletti Beach Great Southern
Crab Creek area (Yawuru Birragun Conservation Park) immediately West of Broome on Roebuck Bay Kimberley

Willie Creek area / Flat Rock (Yawuru Minyirr Buru Conservation Park)

Cape Keraudren Pilbara
Banksia Camp South West
Salmon Beach South West
Bombing range further South of Dolphins Wheatbelt
Dolphins Beach south of South Rocks Wheatbelt
Hangover Bay Wheatbelt
Wedge near Wedge Settlement Wheatbelt
Wilbinga Beach / Wilbinga Shacks Wheatbelt


Contact information

Terence Young
+61 (0)8 6552 2119