States linked in Federal pledge for country coverage
The Federal Government may take a lead from Western Australia in its attempt to improve mobile phone coverage in country Victoria.
The Coalition Government is looking for ways to fulfil its pledge for $100 million to improve mobile coverage in remote areas.
One of the main areas left out when it comes to mobile service is the Wannon region of south-west Victoria. The Parliamentary Secretary for Communications, Paul Fletcher visited the towns of Mirranatwa, Landsborough and Moonambel last week to assess the needs of locals, and talk about options to fix them.
Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan, says they may have to do something special to attract investment from the big firms.
“Potentially the model we roll out will be mirrored on what the Western Australian Government did, and that has worked quite successfully as I understand it, in encouraging a mobile provider to provide towers in those areas where it wasn't commercially viable for them to do so,” Tehan said.
“I've asked each of my local government areas to provide me with their top three black spot areas and I will be feeding that into Paul Fletcher, the new Parliamentary Secretary for telecommunications, and Malcolm Turnbull, the new Minister, so they have an idea of what we need addressed here in Wannon.”