A peak body for telecommunications consumers has welcomed the Federal Government’s $100 million program to boost mobile coverage in regional and rural Australia, although it warns not all coverage problems in the bush will be solved.April 8, 2014 2:10pm
In recent weeks, State Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy has also addressed parliament about the growing reliance of mobile phone and internet technologies that were not being met in Victoria.
Australian Communications Consumer Action Network chief executive Teresa Corbin said the $80
She said although consultation on the program design closed in February, the Department of Communications still wanted to hear from communities to help identify areas in need.
‘‘It is important to remember that infrastructure will need to be commercially sustainable in order to get the green light — so the most remote areas probably don’t have the best chance,’’ Ms Corbin said.
Parliamentary Secretary for Communications Paul Fletcher said 800 locations had already been reported and with such a large demand, not everyone was going to have their wish met.
Ms Corbin said Optus, Telstra and Vodafone welcomed greater involvement from communities. Their tips for rural communities to prepare good cases for any future funding opportunities are:
Member for Benalla Bill Sykes said the north-east had a number of challenges in improving mobile phone coverage including in the Upper Goulburn, Tatong, Strathbogie, Tawonga areas and the Ovens and King valleys.
‘‘There have been a number of improvements including the installation of mobile phone towers at Myrrhee and in the Strathbogie Ranges as a result of local communities banding together to lobby commercial mobile providers for improved infrastructure.’’
Dr Sykes said despite these improvements, more needed to be done and the Victorian Government had been urging the Commonwealth Government to provide funds for improved mobile coverage in blackspot areas.
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The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
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The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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