Gippsland South The Nationals Emergency Services Telecommunications

Mobile users to benefit from 14 new towers

Mobile phone users in Gippsland South will soon experience better coverage and less dropouts with funding delivered for 14 new mobile towers.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said today’s announcement would be welcome news for anyone that had experienced dropouts or struggled to get reception at home, in the workplace or on the road.

“Being stuck with no phone coverage or constant drop-outs during calls is not only frustrating, but terribly isolating,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Mobile blackspots are a big issue for a number of communities in my electorate with many constituents telling me that poor mobile coverage is a serious safety concern with regard to farm and road accidents, bushfires, floods and other emergencies.

“Therefore it’s pleasing that these 14 local towers have been announced as part of the Federal Government’s mobile blackspot programme. Great credit to my Federal colleagues Darren Chester and Russell Broadbent for helping deliver on this important commitment.”

Mr O’Brien said towers would be constructed at Gormandale, Carrajung Lower, Austin's Hill, Mirboo, Dumbalk, Dumbalk North, Mt Eccles, Arawata, Trida, Strzelecki, Outtrim, Kongwak, Sandy Point and Waratah Bay.

“The former Coalition State Government invested $40 million last year to contribute to the Commonwealth’s $100 million pledge and I am proud to see this come to fruition today,” Mr O’Brien said.

“It is fantastic to see the Coalition’s hard work and sound management of money pay off to fix the mobile phone coverage issues that have plagued these communities for years.”

Mr O’Brien said the benefits of the additional towers in South Gippsland were many.

“New towers will improve reception along the Hyland Highway, benefiting Yarram and surrounds, while those in the South Gippsland hills help overcome difficult topography and Sandy Point and Waratah Bay are critical given proximity to our number one tourist attraction, Wilsons Prom and surrounding beaches.

“Poor phone coverage has long been a gripe of local tourism operators with many of their guests expecting that they will have coverage.

“If visitors cannot book their accommodation online or look up the address of restaurant of café, it’s lost business for the operator and the town.”

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