Cudgewa tower a testament to community-government partnerships
above: Cathy and the community celebrate Cudgewa's new mobile phone tower.
Federal Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan said a new mobile phone tower at Cudgewa highlighted an effective partnership between the community, Towong Shire Council and state and federal governments.
The tower came after lobbying from local resident Karen Purss who witnessed and narrowly avoided a fatal two-vehicle crash on the Murray Valley Highway at Berringama, near Cudgewa, in March 2015. Ms Purss was unable to make a Triple Zero (000) call from her mobile despite it displaying “SOS only”. She drove 15 minutes to a landline to contact emergency services.
Ms Purss lobbied Ms McGowan’s office to make the area a priority for a new mobile phone tower under the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme. The tower was activated earlier this year.
Ms McGowan celebrated the new tower with the community at the Cudgewa Hall this morning.
“I really want to acknowledge the work of Karen Purss in having this tower installed here in Cudgewa,” Ms McGowan said.
“Reliable telecommunications are crucial for emergency situations. Everyone should be able to make a triple zero when needed.”
The mobile phone tower is one of 38 funded under the Mobile Black Spot Programme.
Ms McGowan will be at Kinglake West and Yea South on Monday to celebrate phone towers with those communities. Another celebration will be held at Granya on 10 August
- Kinglake West Hall, 1055 Whittlesea Kinglake Road, on 30 July from 10am
- Yea Saleyards, 1 Flat Lead Road on 30 July from 3.15pm.
- Granya Community Hall, corner of Carlyle Street (Granya Road) and Webb Lane, on 10 August from 10am.
Regional telecommunications are among Ms McGowan’s top priorities for the remainder of the parliamentary term.