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Labor pushing calls for better mobile coverage in Gippsland South straight to message bank

Friday, 6 April 2018


Labor pushing calls for better mobile coverage in Gippsland South straight to message bank

The Andrews Labor Government has blocked calls for better mobile phone coverage in the Gippsland South region by axing its contribution to a program aimed at fixing mobile blackspots.

The Federal Liberal Nationals Government’s $220 million Mobile Blackspot Program is fixing problems with mobile phone coverage for thousands of regional Victorians.

The Commonwealth announced the program’s latest milestones yesterday, including installation of a new tower along the Hyland Highway between Carrajung Lower and Woodside North.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said the Federal Government’s Program will build confidence in the community.

“Better mobile phone coverage means it’s easier to do business, keep in touch and is vital in bushfires and other emergencies,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Recent car accidents in the vicinity have highlighted the need for better mobile phone coverage.

“Despite the positive progress from the Commonwealth, the Andrews Labor Government has refused to contribute to the latest round of improvements.

“The Nationals in government contributed $20 million dollars to round one of the federal program and that round alone delivered 14 new towers across Gippsland South.”

Shadow Minister for Regional Victoria and Decentralisation Peter Walsh said Daniel Andrews must guarantee the money Labor ripped from the Commonwealth Mobile Blackspot Program would actually go to country Victoria.

“The Andrews Labor Government has absolutely no credibility when it says it will invest in regional Victoria, as we have seen with the missing $723 million owed to regional Victoria from the Port of Melbourne lease sale,” Mr Walsh said.

“Daniel Andrews still hasn’t apologised or offered an explanation to country people of where that money went.

“The Premier for Melbourne will always find a way to dud regional Victorians.”

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