TEN months after Telstra was widely criticised by thousands of customers who endured a prolonged phone and internet blackout, the telco giant is inviting them to a community party at the rebuilt Warrnambool exchange.
The doors will be thrown open on October 5 for public tours through the Koroit Street base which was crippled by fire on November 22 and took months to fix.
“We want people to see what’s been done to rebuild the exchange,” Telstra regional manager Bill Mundy said. “There will be guided tours of the facility between 11am and 3pm, while the community day runs from 10am to 4pm.”
One of the rooms will become a temporary museum featuring an 1880s Bell telephone, a 1930s mechanic’s toolbag and one of the first telephones made in Victoria.
Visitors will also be able to send telegrams to friends via a vintage telegram machine.
There will be photographic displays of the fire damage and repair work, plus earlier images of the exchange.
A barbecue, jumping castle and face painting for children will also be included. Gold coin donations for the barbecue food will go towards Peter’s Project.