Telstra set to turn Tatong tower on
19 October 2016
Wednesday 19 October 2016
Telstra technicians were putting the final touches on Tatong’s new mobile phone tower today, ahead of it being turned on this Friday.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan met with local residents today to celebrate the welcome news.
“Tatong has been waiting a long time for working mobile phones,” Ms Ryan said.
“There are some who probably appreciate being uncontactable when they’re at the pub but for businesses and local groups like the Tatong CFA, the lack of mobile reception provides real challenges.”
Ms Ryan said fixing blackspots was critical to country communities being able to take up new opportunities.
“Unreliable telecommunication services are a disincentive for anyone wanting to start a business or work from home,” Ms Ryan said.
“Connecting more regional communities has been a major focus of The Nationals.”
National’s Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie said news of the new mobile tower is great news for local residents, especially as we head into another fire season.
“We rely so much on mobile services these days and I believe Tatong residents will feel safer with this new, improved service, made possible by a joint state-federal effort by the Nationals,” Senator McKenzie said.
Tatong CFA captain and Community Centre Recreation Reserve Committee member Rod Lindsay said he was hopeful it would make a real difference for the community.
“If the tower does what it’s supposed to do it will be a great asset for the community,” Mr Lindsay said.
“At the moment reception is fluky and drops in and out. If the tower is successful it is going to make a real difference in getting the message out if there happens to be a fire.
“Communications is the biggest thing. Mobile reception will provide residents and visitors with better access to information, including the CFA FireReady App.”
The tower has been funded through the Coalition Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program and is one of 429 new 3G and 4GX sites to be built over the next four years.