Moyhu mobile mix with NBN a boost for local economy
Moyhu’s new mobile phone tower, co-located with an NBN fixed wireless point, signals great benefits for tourism, emergency services and local amenity, said Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan.
Ms McGowan joined residents of Moyhu and Telstra’s Area General Manager East & South West Victoria Region Loretta Willaton in a community celebration of the area’s boosted telecommunications capacity on Monday 13 November.
“Congratulations to the people of Moyhu and surrounds, the Rural City of Wangaratta, Telstra and the State and Federal Governments on delivering a really important boost to local telecommunications,” Ms McGowan said.
“What an achievement for the community, and a testament to how effective it is when communities and all levels of government work together,” Ms McGowan said.
As well as better telecommunications for emergency services, the growing tourism and visitor market in the King Valley will particularly benefit from Moyhu’s new tower.
“Mobile phone coverage is vital to getting business done, and it makes sense to co-locate NBN infrastructure with mobile phone towers where possible,” Ms McGowan said.
“People expect and deserve mobile phone coverage wherever they are in Australia. I will continue to push the Federal government to fund the eradication of mobile blackspots across the electorate.”
Moyhu is number nine of 38 mobile phone towers to be funded for blackspots in Indi under the Mobile Blackspot Program, and the third of six towers to be delivered in the Rural City of Wangaratta.
“The Indi approach – working with local government and communities to identify high priority blackspots – has been spectacularly successful for the electorate,” Ms McGowan said.
Telstra Area General Manager Loretta Willaton said the feedback from the local community since the tower was switched on in early November has been positive.
“As the first carrier to bring 4G mobile services to regional Australia, we know how important high-speed mobile can be to supporting local communities and businesses and we are excited to extend this even further,” Ms Willaton said.