Regional Communications | May 03, 2021
Better mobile coverage at last
The Nationals Member for Lowan Emma Kealy has congratulated the Halls Gap and Broughton communities on their successful campaign to have mobile coverage in the area upgraded.
Ms Kealy has worked closely with these communities for many years to lobby for improved mobile infrastructure to eliminate black spots and improve safety for local residents.
She said Telstra’s announcement today that it would improve mobile coverage in the town was testament to the community’s tireless advocacy.
The Victorian and Australian governments will co-fund the upgrade works in partnership with Telstra and NBN Co.
“Better mobile telephone coverage for regional communities is vital to ensure the safety of these communities and to support local investment, create local jobs and build stronger regional communities,” Ms Kealy said.
“We know of emergency situations where people have been unable to call for an ambulance east of Halls Gap at the Halls Gap Hotel because they don’t have phone signal. In one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state, that is simply not good enough.
“Locals have been frustrated by the Andrews Labor Government’s inaction in providing this critical infrastructure in a community that desperately needs it, so this announcement is well overdue.”
Ms Kealy said Telstra had also announced it would improve mobile coverage in other local areas including Lascelles and Gazette.
“I look forward to seeing these communities enjoy the benefits that improved mobile telephone service will deliver for many years to come,” she said.
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