Critical communications for emergency services in the Royal National Park has been boosted with the instalment of a new government radio network site in Waterfall.

Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the new site at Garrawarra Centre was critical to community safety by in-filling coverage spots in the Royal National Park.

“The NSW Telco Authority is expanding the footprint of the state’s critical communications network to ensure public safety agencies have an enhanced network when serving and protecting the community,” Mr Dominello said.

“The new site allows our public safety agencies to better protect the Royal National Park and visitors during a critical incident, such as a bushfire or flood.”

Member for Heathcote Lee Evans said: “The new site at Garrawarra Centre extends the network coverage from just the paved roads within the Royal National Park by providing in-fill coverage in the deep valleys between Waterfall and Stanwell Tops.”

The new site at Garrawarra Centre is part of the NSW Telco Authority’s Critical Communications Enhancement Program (CCEP) which is increasing the government radio network from 190 sites to approximately 700, with coverage expanding from 35 per cent of the State to over 80 per cent.

“We are investing $320 million over the next four years to expand the GRN across the State. This represents the biggest investment in critical communications infrastructure in two decades,” Mr Dominello said.

The CCEP represents the biggest investment in critical communications infrastructure by the NSW Government in two decades.