Keep our payphone

By LEIGH PRITCHARD

DEBBIE Tutt reckons removing a Telstra payphone from Harwood Island would take an essential service from the small community.

"We are an isolated area," Ms Tutt said.

"People here are pretty shocked, it is another service taken away from the little people, it is unfair.'

She said the elderly and people without mobile phones would be most affected.

"If there is an accident on the highway it won't be very convenient," Ms Tutt said."

"I don't believe at the end of the day it should be about revenue for Telstra.

"It should be about good service and payphones were an essential service."

Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker, and Page MP Ian Causley, met Telstra chief executive Sol Trujillo this week to discuss how the reduction of payphones in Australia would affect their electorates.

Mr Hartsuyker said Telstra was considering removing 10 of 200 payphones in Cowper.

He said six were at multiple phone sites including Red Rock and four single phones including one from the United Services Station at Harwood Island.

"We are mindful of the impact on the community," Mr Hartsuyker said.

Stickers on the payphones advise how to lodge a complaint.

Mr Causley said no decision had been made about the payphones in the Page electorate.

"We told Sol (Trujillo) we would not be happy, particularly if they were in small communities," he said. "If we needed to we could legislate to make sure more were protected."



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