small business Community facilities | January 13, 2016
Residents asked to report mobile black spots
Residents of the Lowan electorate have until Friday this week to report troublesome mobile black spots for consideration under round two of the Federal Government’s funding program.
The Nationals Member for Lowan Emma Kealy is urging people to report communications issues to give the region the best chance of attracting funding.
“The reliability of phone and internet services is top of mind on days like today when the fire danger rating is high,” Ms Kealy said.
“We need to make sure the poor state of our mobile communications infrastructure is reflected by the number of people who are reporting it.”
Ms Kealy said she appreciated the irony in asking people to get online to report a black spot.
“Providing you don’t live in an internet blackspot, it shouldn’t take long to jump online to report a mobile black spot,” Ms Kealy said.
“If your internet connection is the problem, perhaps take a few minutes in the next couple of days to use the library’s internet or ask a friend or relative to fill out the online nomination form on your behalf.
“Our region has a greater chance of attracting funding to fix these issues if more people are proactive in reporting the trouble spots.
“I will keep lobbying the state and federal governments to improve our communications infrastructure because it is critical to our safety and our ability to participate in modern economy,” Ms Kealy said.
Fill out the mobile black spot nomination form at: https://www.communications.gov.au/what-we-do/phone/mobile-services-and-coverage/mobile-black-spot-programme/black-spot-nomination-form
Locations funded through round two are expected to be announced by the end of 2016.