Vulnerable communities to get mobile phone towers
26 June 2015
Friday 26 June 2015
Bradford, Molyullah, Tatong and Upper Ryans Creek will soon have better phone coverage with the construction of 109 new or upgraded mobile towers across the state.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said being stuck without phone coverage or frequent drop-outs was not only frustrating, but also presented significant risk in the event of natural disaster or other emergencies.
“Today’s announcement is going to make a huge difference for the communities of Broadford, Tatong, Molyullah and Upper Ryan's Creek,” Ms Ryan said.
“The Federal Coalition Government has announced these towers as part of its mobile blackspot program, which is being rolled out across regional Australia over three years.
“The former Coalition Government invested $40 million last year to secure funding for Victorian communities and I am proud to see our hard work come to fruition today.
“Over the past six months I have written to phone carriers as well as the Andrews Labor Government requesting that they proceed with supporting this important initiative.
“I urge Daniel Andrews to continue with the second part of the Coalition's initiative to roll wi-fi out on the Seymour train line."
Ms Ryan said residents at Broadford, Molyullah, Tatong and Upper Ryans Creek had been waiting for years for better coverage.
“I am pleased that the Coalition’s hard work to fix the mobile phone coverage issues that have plagued these communities for years has paid off.
“There are still many more blackspots across the electorate that need fixing but this is a great start,” Ms Ryan said.