The Council has welcomed news that Molyullah and Tatong have been selected to receive a new mobile tower in the next three years to improve mobile telephone coverage.
Telstra successfully bid for the communities to be included in the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot program, and it represents a significant investment by the Federal Government, Telstra, the Victorian State Government and the Council.
The 3G/4G mobile phone towers will be installed by Telstra but will also be made available to other mobile phone carriers.
The Council has played an active role in advocating for inclusion on the Mobile Black Spot Program, providing assurances that it will work quickly to get planning permits in place and contribute $10,000 to help offset the costs.
“This announcement is very welcome,” said Mayor Cr Justin King.
“The communities of Tatong and Molyullah have poor or non-existent mobile coverage, which has an impact on people’s ability to do business, to participate in the community and to meet their day to day needs,” Cr King said.
“It is also a significant issue in the case of emergencies when services are more and more being deployed through mobile technology,” he said.
“I congratulate the Indi Telecommunications Advocacy Group and the Member for Indi Cathy McGowan for their efforts in securing the tower. The Council has also been proactive, providing information and assistance during the process.”
Telstra is currently working with the Federal Government on the rollout schedule, and will then commence normal planning and consultation processes with relevant authorities around any new towers.