Local, Independant and Effective
January 22, 2016
Contact: Simon Crase

Effective mobile phone black spot process to guide increased mobile phone coverage

Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, has delivered a submission to Government outlining 42 locations in Indi needing mobile phone coverage through Round Two of the Mobile Black Spot Programme. Ms McGowan said there had been a strong community response to Round Two.

“Mobile phone coverage remains a major problem in Indi. Thanks to residents, community associations and councils who lobbied during this process,” Ms McGowan said. “We had great success in Round One, and much more needs to be done to solve this problem.”

Ms McGowan worked with the Indi Telecommunications Action Group (ITAG), with representatives from each council, to select the three locations on priority, people’s safety in emergencies and community support. She thanked the councils for their role in identifying the areas of greatest need for improved mobile phone coverage improved across Indi.

“The strategic approach will be successful in getting better mobile phone reception in many parts of North East Victoria,” Ms McGowan said. “Councils have played a major part this successful process. It led to a fantastic result in June 2015 when Indi received the third highest allocation of mobile phone towers in Australia, second only to two massive electorates in Western Australia. Almost 200 blackspots will be eliminated across Indi from Round One work alone, from 293 identified in the Round One nomination process.”

Mobile phone coverage was identified as a major issue following the February 2009 bushfires, and effective communications is essential during emergency management. Ms McGowan has called on the Government to ensure areas in high bushfire danger are prioritised in Round Two. “Many bushfire-prone areas are still without adequate coverage, as we saw during the recent Indi valley bushfire,” she said.

Ms McGowan was invited by the Minister for Communications, Senator Mitch Fifield, to submit three priority locations. Towns in the Mitta and King valleys and the Kevington area in the Mansfield Shire have been prioritised. Kancoona has been carried over as a priority from Round One, making four priority locations in total. These locations were chosen because they were isolated and have an essential need for mobile phone coverage during an emergency.

The Department of Communications will work with telcos, and state and local governments to determine how the Round Two $60m budget allocation will be delivered. 

Indi locations - Round Two Mobile Black Spot Programme

Omeo Highway from Lake Hume to Eskdale - priority

King Valley – priority, including Cheshunt South, Rose River

Kevington - priority

Kancoona – priority (carry over Round One)

Harrietville

Wandiligong

Wodonga – Yackandandah Road

Whorouly

Wilby

South-East Taggerty

Strath Creek South

Yea-Whittlesea Road

O’Deas Road, Molyullah

Beechworth - Wodonga Road

Burrowye / Mt Alfred

Innisfree Drive - West Wodonga

Biggara Valley / Mt Elliot

Indigo Valley

Beechworth-Chiltern Road

Beechworth - Wodonga Road from Wooragee to Leneva

Mt Buller Road between Mirimbah and Boggy Corner

Mt Buller Road between Pinnacle Valley and Mirimbah

South-East Mt Buller

Falls Creek

Carboor

Woolshed Valley

Warby Ranges

Indigo Valley/Chiltern Valley

Cornishtown

St James

Koetong

Nariel Valley

Bullioh

Thowgla Valley

Tallangatta Valley

Mitta Valley

Havilah

Buckland Valley

Nug Nug

Murrindindi Valley to Glenburn

Terip Terip to Highlands

Lake Eildon

 

 


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