Effective lobbying for telecommunications has led to another great result for mobile phone black spots in Indi. The electorate has been allocated eight more mobile base stations from Round 2 of the Mobile Blackspot Programme, funded by the Commonwealth and State Governments and Telstra.
The locations are Baranduda Range in the City of Wodonga; Beechworth-Wodonga Road in Indigo Shire; Kevington in Mansfield Shire; Mt Dom Dom in Murrindindi Shire; Omeo Highway, Tallangatta South and Tallangatta Valley in Towong Shire; and Wandiligong in Alpine Shire.
The allocation is a quarter of 32 in total for Victoria. A total of 266 mobile base stations have been allocated across Australia in this round.
It brings the number of additional mobile base stations for Indi under the Programme to 38.
“This is great news, following effective lobbying and a strategic approach to telecommunications in Indi,” said Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan.
The Indi Telecommunications Action Group developed a whole-of-Indi plan on mobile blackspots. Sites for consideration in Round 2 were submitted in January this year.
“While this is a welcome announcement, there is still work to be done. There will be continued lobbying to the government for commitment to further mobile blackspot funding, and improvements to digital equity through nbn™.
Residents, businesses and visitors are already benefiting from improved mobile coverage from Round 1. The Tatong base station was launched in October, and Devil’s River will have its official launch on 15 December.