Yes, it happened. When I got back to the camp on Thursday just prior to heading out on break I thought I'd switch on the mobile to confirm, as had been rumoured, that Telstra had switched on the mobile service. I rang The Dear Handbrake who wasn't there and she rang back a bit later. Miracles will never cease, the township (too small to call a town and it has been very wet lately) has mobile phone coverage. No more standing next to a public pay-phone typing in 1800 051 818 xxxx xxxx xxxx # 07 41xx xxxx # to speak with my nearest and dearest of an evening. Yes, that's right, 34 key presses to make a phone call. I shall now be able to make calls from the comfort of my room.