Mobile blackspots 2018 election commitment

Euroa residents set for $30 million connectivity boost under a Liberal Nationals Government

07 November 2018


An elected Liberal Nationals Government will invest $30 million to boost mobile connectivity across rural and regional Victoria.

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said that the funding is critical for farmers, families and business in rural and regional communities currently struggling to receive mobile coverage.

“Residents across the Euroa electorate are struggling to get mobile coverage, with many towns still plagued with black spots,” Ms Ryan said. 

“In this digital age where the internet, smart phones and technology are dominate, it is vital that families and business in regional and rural areas have a reliable connection.

“Victoria’s current communications services aren’t up to scratch. An elected Liberal Nationals Government will invest $30 million over four years to improve mobile and coverage and competition state-wide.

“Local farming families are battling to receive a few bars of mobile coverage which is a huge concern with bushfire season approaching.

“Under our program, we’ll invest in new mobile towers to improve coverage in these to ensure that residents have access to emergency information should they need it.

Ms Ryan said that poor mobile connectivity directly impacts livability and the quality of life of regional families, leaving them feeling isolated and underappreciated.

“Residents living in designated black spot areas including Toolleen, Creightons Creek and Redesdale are fed-up with receiving little to no mobile and internet coverage,” Ms Ryan said.

“Only the Liberal Nationals know what’s needed to make sure people in rural and regional areas are getting the same opportunities and services as people who live in our towns and cities.

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