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Mobile black spots covered

MOBILE phone towers will come online in Mount Eccles, Mirboo, Dumbalk North, Outtrim, Trida and Kongwak this year, as part of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP).

Towers will be built in Arawata and Waratah Bay in 2018.

Towers at Austins Hill, Dumbalk, Strzelecki and Sandy Point have already been built as part of the program.

Matt King from Hi Tech Connections in Leongatha said while mobile phone coverage in South Gippsland has improved over the years, there are still places that miss out.

He said Outtrim, Berrys Creek and Mt Eccles are some of the worst areas for black spots.

“There are still spots in the Leongatha township that don’t get coverage,” he said.

Mr King said the tower recently erected in Dumbalk greatly improved the mobile phone coverage in that area.

“Around here, it will be difficult due to the geographical lay of the land but it should get to the point where most places are covered,” he said.

“It will take some time.”

The State Government announced $11 million to eradicate mobile black spots in its 2017-18 budget, while $12 million will go towards internet enabled on farm technologies.

The money allocated to eradicating mobile black spots will be put towards the Federal Government’s program.

Round three funding of that program will take place later this year.

A State Government spokesperson said the government was numerous places and people throughout South Gippsland were serviced by sub-par mobile coverage.

“We realise the inconvenience and frustration this can cause,” they said.

“We will continue to work with our federal counterparts and continue to allocate funding to the MBSP in the hope of covering as many Victorians as possible as soon as possible.”

The spokesperson said while the State Government is a strong supporter of the MBSP, the allocation of funds and location of towers was ultimately determined by the Federal Government.

“As in previous rounds, we will continue to lobby the Federal Government to insist that Victoria is treated fairly and gets a number of towers proportionate to our population, which has not been the case in the past,” they said.
What Star readers said on Facebook:

  • Kathy Ingles: “Would be good to get proper coverage at Walkerville. All the current offers say sorry no coverage at Walkerville so we have no choice but to continue with a landline”;
  • Lynne Nicholas: “There is no mobile phone reception at all still in parts of Outtrim;” and
  • Helen Barry Greene: “Waratah Bay is very ordinary. Pretty bad really even though there is a tower at Sandy Point the coverage is still not good enough and drops out.”

    Getting there: Matt King from HI Tech Connections in Leongatha said mobile phone coverage across South Gippsland is slowly improving.

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