Ryan backs Mitchell Shire blackspot plea
22 May 2015
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has backed the Mitchell Shire Council in its efforts to address mobile blackspots.
Ms Ryan has called on the new Labor Government to honour the previous Coalition Government’s commitment of $40 million to fix telecommunications issues in regional Victoria.
The package involved free wi-fi on all V/Line train services from Victoria’s regional centers into Melbourne and included mobile blackspot remediation along 600km of the same routes.
Ms Ryan said she had written to the Minister calling on Labor to address the issue of telecommunications blackspots in country Victoria.
“Mitchell Shire is a designated growth area and has a high risk rating for natural disasters, having regularly experienced flood and major bushfire incidents,” Ms Ryan said.
“It is critical that regional communities are afforded equal access to reliable, high quality telecommunications.”
Ms Ryan said she had also written to Telstra, Optus and Vodafone requesting support and assistance in fixing the problem.
“Reliable telecommunications play a critical role in the instance of natural disasters and other emergencies and it is vital that state and federal governments and telecommunications providers all help in finding a solution.”
Gaps in the Mitchell Shire include:
• Kilmore and Kilmore East
• Reedy Creek
• Whiteheads Creek
• Far west of the shire and along many rural roads