Local residents in the Wimmera and Pyrenees will soon have better phone coverage with the construction of 109 new or upgraded mobile towers across Victoria.
Member for Ripon Louise Staley MP said the construction of the towers would improve mobile communications by removing black spot areas.
Ms Staley said the towers would be constructed across regional areas following a $40 million investment from the Victorian Coalition Government in 2014.
Under a joint agreement with the Commonwealth, new towers have been approved at a number of local sites, including:
- Wallaloo East
- York Plains
- York Plains
- Landsborough west
Ms Staley said being stuck with no phone coverage or constant drop-outs was not only frustrating, but terribly isolating.
“Today’s announcement of 109 new towers is going to make a huge difference for these communities,” Ms Staley said.
“The Liberal Nationals Government invested $40 million last year to make this happen and I am proud to see our hard work come to fruition today.
“The Federal Government has now announced it will include these towns as part of its mobile blackspot programme, which is being rolled out across regional Australia over three years.
“It is fantastic to see the Liberal Nationals Government’s hard work pay off to fix the mobile phone coverage issues that have plagued these communities for years.
“But it was poor form of Daniel Andrews to try and claim credit for this project. Labor had nothing to do with it other than to once again try and claim the credit for the work of others.”
Ms Staley said not only would better phone coverage make it easier to keep in touch with family and friends and to do business, it would provide locals with better access to emergency services.
“This is a fantastic outcome for our local communities,” Ms Staley said.