Victorian mobile phone commitment will help address regional black spots
Federal Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has given her full support to an announcement by the Victorian Government that it will invest $11 million in building new mobile phone towers across regional Victoria.
“The commitment by the Victorian Government to partner with the telecommunications industry to build the towers is welcome. Mobile black spots remain a key issue for regional Victoria and I support any commitment that addresses this,” Ms McGowan said.
Ms McGowan said she is keen for the Indi Telecommunications Action Group (ITAG) to share its work with the Victorian Government and Regional Development Victoria to prioritise remaining black spot sites in Indi.
“North East Victoria is ready to progress this work. We know the Federal Government has not committed to Round 4 of the Commonwealth Mobile Black Spot Programme. Funding has been secured for 38 mobile phone towers in Indi but further money must be made available to address all outstanding sites.
“Rounds 1 and 2 of the Commonwealth Mobile Black Spot Programme worked well in Indi as a partnership between the community, local, state and federal governments, with an emphasis on safety. But there is still more to do. As Federal member, I will continue to push the Commonwealth to fund Round 4 of this programme.”
Ms McGowan said evidence of the success of the previous rounds of the Federal program was ongoing with five new mobile phone towers to be officially opened in January in partnership with Telstra at Leneva, Eldorado, Tolmie, Archerton and Ancona.
“Together with ITAG, I will be working with local governments in Indi to submit priority sites in the North East to the Victorian programme. I look forward to working with the Victorian Government and confirming a process that avoids unnecessary duplication and emphasises a strong partnership between all levels of government and the community.”