Telstra recently apologised to Newport residents and businesses who had a disconnected Christmas, after customers were left without fixed line phone and internet services for three weeks.
The apology followed the telco’s recent Christmas campaign, to enable Hobsons Bay residents to get in touch with their loved ones by offering free local, national and mobile calls from Telstra payphones, which backfired due to the elongated outage.
Since our story, it did not take for locals to rally behind Buddy the Gnome, who lives at Jack Madigan Reserve in Newport, with locals providing Buddy with a mobile phone, so that he can keep in touch with the community.
The blue plastic phone might not be able to make or receive calls and write or receive text messages and emails, but the water ring toss game might be able to keep Buddy occupied while he waits for Telstra to reconnect its Newport customers.
Buddy may have had a disconnected Christmas, but locals made sure he felt festive, decking his cage with Christmas cheer, adding a red ribbon, wrapped gift, candy cane and Christmas card to his rock fence home at Jack Madigan Reserve in Newport.