Mobile phone tower at Creightons Creek gets green light
22 April 2020
Creightons Creek is one of 13 Victorian communities set for a new mobile phone tower, after years of lobbying by the local community and Euroa MP Steph Ryan.
Ms Ryan was celebrating the news today that the community was included under round 5 of the Federal Government’s Mobile Blackspot Program.
“I realised very quickly during the 2014 bushfires that we had a real issue with mobile phone reception at Creightons Creek,” Ms Ryan said.
“Communications at the hall and the CFA station, which was the changeover area for our local brigades, was hampered by blackspots after the landline was burnt out. Volunteers finishing weren’t able to call home to check on their families or let them know they were ok.
“Poor coverage has also made life tough for businesses like Lindsay Park as well as local farmers and people who are trying to work or run businesses from home.
“I have been working with Telstra and the local community to try to get the program funded under the Mobile Black Spot Programme for a number of years.
“It’s inclusion under the program is a huge win for the community and I’m particularly grateful to Telstra’s regional manager Steve Tinker who came to a community meeting back in 2017 to hear locals’ concerns.”
Ms Ryan also paid tribute to the Federal Nationals who had driven the program within the Federal Coalition.
“The blackspot program exists because The Nationals understand how important proper mobile phone coverage is to the future of our communities,” Ms Ryan said.
“Funding for mobile blackspots has been a non-negotiable for the Federal Nationals in the Coalition, and I acknowledge the work my Federal colleagues have done to ensure regional communities do not get left behind.”
Ms Ryan said she was aware there were many other communities across the electorate like Redesdale, Toolleen, Goorambat and Marraweeney which were frustrated by a persistent lack of mobile and internet coverage.
“This outcome shows we can get results when we work together and we continue to beat the drum.”
Photo caption: Member for Euroa Steph Ryan and Creightons Creek resident Robyn Sheehan celebrate the news of a new mobile phone tower at Creightons Creek.