The small inner city of only 500 people that is about to get a technology update has worried the locals

Locals in a rural community are saying goodbye to their beloved public telephone box as the government implements mobile phone coverage (stock image)

The locals in a rural community are saying goodbye to their beloved public telephone box, as the government finally implements mobile telephony coverage.

The Federal Government of Australia will provide Optus and Telstra coverage to more than 850 remote sites throughout Australia, at a cost of $ 220 million.

The move has been greeted with enthusiasm and hesitation in Kalumburu, a small town in the far north of Western Australia with a population of nearly 500 people, ABC reported.

Locals in a rural community are saying goodbye to their beloved public telephone box as the government implements mobile phone coverage (stock image)

Locals in a rural community are saying goodbye to their beloved public telephone box as the government implements mobile phone coverage (stock image)

The move has been greeted with enthusiasm and hesitation in Kalumburu, a small town in the far north of Washington, with a population of almost 500 people.

The move has been greeted with enthusiasm and hesitation in Kalumburu, a small town in the far north of Washington, with a population of almost 500 people.

The move has been greeted with enthusiasm and hesitation in Kalumburu, a small town in the far north of Washington, with a population of almost 500 people.

Community member Veronica Djanghara said that elderly residents were particularly concerned about the impact of social networks on young people.

"They are worried that they run with mobile phones taking pictures of people fighting, boxing in the streets, and placing it on Facebook and then anywhere in the world … people can see it," he said.

The closest city to Kalumburu is 12 hours away by car and residents are forced to queue for the two public cabins of the city.

People who pick up the phone are encouraged if it rings and shouts through the main square to find the person they are looking for on the line.

While there is wireless internet available at the local community resource center, resident Matilda Oxtoby said mobile coverage would be good for the city.

"Mobile phones are good to get in touch with the family because here people have families everywhere and it is difficult to get in touch with them when they live far away," he said.

The nearest city of Kalumburu is 12 hours away by car and residents are forced to queue for the two public cabins in the city (photo: Kalumburu)

The nearest city of Kalumburu is 12 hours away by car and residents are forced to queue for the two public cabins in the city (photo: Kalumburu)

The nearest city of Kalumburu is 12 hours away by car and residents are forced to queue for the two public cabins in the city (photo: Kalumburu)

Kalumburu teens are enthusiastic about mobile phone coverage, as it would provide easy access to social media accounts

Kalumburu teens are enthusiastic about mobile phone coverage, as it would provide easy access to social media accounts

Kalumburu teens are enthusiastic about mobile phone coverage, as it would provide easy access to social media accounts

Kalumburu teens are enthusiastic about mobile phone coverage, as it would give them easy access to the social media accounts they have already established at the school and at the community resource center.

The elderly are concerned that the use of social networks could ignite a lasting dispute between families in the community.

The tensions go back to tribal groups before the community of Kalumburu.

The president of the community, Clement Maraltaj, said he did not believe there were problems and that the reach of the mobile phone would encourage the community to be in contact with the outside world.

"It will be good for people to discover what is happening, because almost nobody in this community leaves the community," he said.

Community member Veronica Djanghara said that elderly residents were particularly concerned about the impact of social networks on young people (stock image)

Community member Veronica Djanghara said that elderly residents were particularly concerned about the impact of social networks on young people (stock image)

Community member Veronica Djanghara said that elderly residents were particularly concerned about the impact of social networks on young people (stock image)

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