Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, welcomed the Government’s announcement today of a further $60 million to fund the Mobile Black Spot Programme. Ms McGowan has been the strongest advocate for improving mobile phone coverage in Parliament since becoming the Independent Member for Indi. In her continued fight for improved mobile phone coverage in Indi, Ms McGowan has met her 2013 election commitment to continually pressure the Government for action.
“There needs to be a greater focus in providing coverage to farmers, small businesses in rural communities and emergency and bushfire-prone areas,” Ms McGowan said.
The Government has listened to Ms McGowan’s call in her final speech to Parliament. Ms McGowan urged Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Treasurer Scott Morrison to fund the mobile phone coverage infrastructure needed for everyone in rural and regional Australia to be able to use their mobile phones.
“Poor mobile phone reception remains the number one issue for Indi,” Ms McGowan said. “As a local, I understand this issue and as an Independent with an effective plan, successfully lobbied to get improved mobile phone coverage in the North East.”
Ms McGowan moved a notice of motion in March 2015, calling on the Government to allocate significantly more funding to fix the black spot problem. The motion was seconded by Coalition Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson.
In leading the debate in Parliament, Ms McGowan welcomed her parliamentary colleagues speaking out. “We have a bi-partisan issue, it impacts the vast majority of regional seats in Australia,” she said. “I call on MPs from all regional seats to back my call for more funding to fix the mobile phone black spot issue.”