Telstra has advised Murray Shire Council there are no plans to expand mobile phone facilities in the Bunnaloo area.By Jess Craig
Murray Shire Council will continue to push for improved mobile phone service at Bunnaloo, despite being told by Telstra there are no plans to expand the facilities in the area.
A final response from Telstra was received by the council earlier this month, with the company stating they would need a $380,000 ‘external contribution’ to proceed with a new facility in Bunnaloo.
‘‘This contribution is determined upon the amount required to make the project viable,’’ the letter says.
‘‘Every solution incurs capital costs such as design
Murray Shire general manager Greg Murdoch said Telstra’s response did not take into account an existing Essential Energy towner available at Bunnaloo.
‘‘I am following this issue up with Telstra,’’ he said in his report.
‘‘In the meantime, the new Federal Government, prior to the election, foreshadowed $80 million for a mobile network expansion program, targeting major transport routes, small communities and locations prone to natural disasters.
‘‘I have already made representations to (Member for Farrer) Sussan Ley with a view to having Bunnaloo included in the program.’’
Mayor Tom Weyrich has previously criticised Telstra’s attitude towards the cost of improving mobile phone service in Bunnaloo.
‘‘Telstra is happy to work with Moama Water Sports Club to improve coverage for the Southern 80 ski race,’’ he said.
‘‘They approached Moama Water Sports Club to improve coverage for one weekend a year. The people in Bunnaloo have to put up with next to no coverage 365 days in the year.
‘‘If they are not prepared to help, then perhaps Murray Shire should look at who it chooses as its carrier.’’
Cr Weyrich said better coverage was a matter of safety for the region.
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