North East rail and mobile black spots need work
Federal Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan says the electorate has two priorities for her to address upon returning to Parliament this week – the North East rail line and mobile phone black spots.
“Between Boxing Day and 3 January, 23 train services in my electorate were replaced with buses. Imagine the inconvenience,” Ms McGowan told Parliament today.
“I tell my community we are making progress. The Government has announced $100 million and we’re looking at the scope of works. We have people around the table – the ARTC and the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments – working together.
“Now I call on the Victorian government, because the Premier said that as soon as we got organised he would put the order in for new rolling stock.”
Ms McGowan said on mobile phone blackspots, there are good results when the community, local government, emergency services, the state government and the Commonwealth work together.
“We had that in rounds 1 and 2 of the mobile phone blackspots program, but now it’s fallen apart. I thank the Victorian government for the support they’re going to give for mobile black spots. Now it’s the Commonwealth’s turn to come to the party with round 4 of the Mobile Black Spots Programme.”
Cathy’s speech to the Parliament today is here at http://www.cathymcgowan.com.au/north_east_rail_line_and_mobile_black_spots_need_work