“My communities have worked together to identify [mobile phone] black spots in Indi’s nine local government areas through a solid partnership with local, state and federal governments,” McGowan said.
“There’s nothing ‘lukewarm’ about this work which has halved the number of black spots in Indi since 2014.
“I look forward to continuing to work with the Minister for Regional Communications, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie when she confirms funding for Round 4 of the Mobile Black Spot Program in the 2018-19 Federal Budget.”
Ms McGowan said in January she had welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement it would provide $11 million to invest in building new mobile phone towers across regional Victoria at priority sites.
“The Victorian Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy, Philip Dalidakis visited Indi this month to meet with local governments and discuss priority mobile black spots in the North East,” McGowan said.
“Their discussions have been an important step in highlighting priority sites and informing the process the Victorian Government is now undertaking with Emergency Management Victoria and local governments.”
The towers are among 38 delivered for Indi under the Commonwealth Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme.