Action needed on community’s blackspot hit list
11 December 2018
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan is calling for bipartisanship between the Victorian and Commonwealth governments to address mobile phone blackspots across country Victoria.
Almost 200 blackspots across the Euroa electorate are registered on the Commonwealth Government’s database.
Ms Ryan spoke to Regional Communications Minister Bridget McKenzie over the weekend to make the case for further funding from the Commonwealth’s mobile blackspot program.
“Community members have reported some 195 locations across the Euroa electorate with poor or no mobile coverage,” Ms Ryan said.
“That includes 33 blackspots within Benalla Rural City Council, 39 in Mitchell Shire, 55 in Strathbogie, 18 in Bendigo, 13 in Greater Shepparton and 12 in Campaspe Shire.
“Blackspots are registered across many of Mitchell Shire smaller towns and districts, from Avenel, Boho, Violet Town and Gooram to Riggs Creek, Moglonemby, Wirrate, Wahring, Miepoll, Ruffy, Pranjip, Nagambie, Longwood and Kirwans Bridge.
Ms Ryan said the Commonwealth planned to target a further $25 million early next year to reduce blackspots mobile blackspots.
“I understand that applications by telecommunications companies are due to be submitted this week and successful projects are expected to be announced in January,” Ms Ryan said.
“It’s vital that the newly elected state government works with the Federal Government to leverage funding for our communities from this program,” Ms Ryan said.
“Round one of the funding saw new base stations built at Molyullah, Tatong, Upper Ryan’s Creek and Broadford.
“Unfortunately last year the Victoria Government refused to partner with the Commonwealth, leaving us with little chance of attracting funding.
“I would love to see the Victorian Government work constructively with the Commonwealth Government this time around to solve some of these issues for our communities.”
To view the full list of blackspots which have been reported across the electorate, visit www.stephryan.com.au/blackspots