The Public Safety Network (PSN) near Yass has been expanded with the completion of a new site at Manton.

Delivered by the NSW Telco Authority, the new site at Manton follows the completion of an additional PSN site at Mount Gray outside of Goulburn last month.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said the new radio site, delivered by the NSW Telco Authority, is vital to ongoing community safety.

“These sites provide emergency services organisations with a single, integrated network on which to communicate,” Mrs Tuckerman 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 Black Summer bushfires in NSW.

“The recent floods across the State are a powerful reminder of the critical role the PSN plays during emergencies.”

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. The new radio site at Manton will make it easier for our local emergency services to communicate when it matters most,” Mr Dominello said.

“The PSN’s expansion represents the biggest investment in critical communications infrastructure by the NSW Government in two decades.”

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