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McGowan addresses mobile black spots across Indi

Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan discussed mobile phone black spots across the electorate while in Canberra.

December 11, 2013 4:10am

Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan.



Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan last week discussed mobile phone black spots across the electorate while in Canberra.

Ms McGowan met with the Parliamentary Secretary for Communications Paul Fletcher, as well as a senior advisor to the Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, to discuss the black spot issues.

Ms McGowan raised her concerns about black spots in fire prone parts of the region as well as the collaborative approach she was taking, working with local councils, businesses and community groups.

‘‘It was a very productive meeting and I briefed Mr Fletcher on the inroads we’re making in Indi towards a collaborative, community based solution to the black spots involving local councils and my office,’’ Ms McGowan said.

‘‘Black spots pose a huge risk to many parts of the region as we approach bushfire season and it is essential we get moving on fixing them as soon as possible.’’

Ms McGowan said Mr Fletcher confirmed that a government discussion paper on the issue would be released next year.

The meeting follows a large gathering of local governments at Ms McGowan’s office last month to begin collaboration on an electorate wide pitch to secure Commonwealth funding to address the issue.

‘‘The government is moving at their own pace on this issue but I want to be certain that when the $100 million promised by Mr (Tony) Abbott becomes available, we’ve already done the research and the collaboration and are ready to move on enacting our proposal,’’ Ms McGowan said.

She provided Mr Fletcher with a copy of Mansfield Shire’s report, ‘Securing our Digital Future’ and invited him to visit the electorate to learn more about the region’s innovative approach to black spot reduction.

‘‘I look forward to working closely with Mr Fletcher, as the government’s member in charge of the black spot policy, to find a solution to this problem which has gone unaddressed in our region for too long,’’ Ms McGowan said.

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