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Monday, 19 August, 2019,01:25

State Government announces more mobile towers for district


The Victorian Government this week announced funding for new mobile phone towers to increase coverage in Indi through Round 3 of the Victorian Mobile Black Spot Program.

The towers will be located at Buckland Valley, Carboor, Cathedral Lane (Taggerty), Cheshunt South, Cobungra, Kancoona, Lurg, Strath Creek, Warby Ranges and Woolshed Valley.

The government is partnering with Optus and Telstra to build 28 new mobile towers across Victoria, with the towers set to cover around 2,000 square kilometres and connect more than 4,000 premises.

Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford announced on Wednesday, July 18 with Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp the latest latest round of mobile phone towers as part of the Victorian Mobile Black Spot Project (VMBSP) in Katandra West. 28 communities that will be safer and better connected

The Labor Government has invested $11 million to build the towers, which brings the total amount of state co-funded towers to 229 – representing approximately $190 million of infrastructure investment in regional Victoria.

A further $11 million was announced to fix more mobile blackspots in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 and the government will continue to work with the Regional Partnerships, local governments, mobile carriers, Emergency Management Victoria and the Commonwealth Government to get the best outcome for Victorian communities.

The Government is also developing digital plans for the nine Regional Partnerships using the most comprehensive, up-to-date information on each region’s digital infrastructure and services. This is due to be finalised later this year.

For more information, visit economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/connecting-victoria.

More details about the roll out are to be finalised in coming months.

Community celebrations for new mobile phone towers in Indi will be held this month. The new towers are among the 38 towers to be activated in Indi under the Mobile Black Spots Programme.

  • Kinglake West Hall, 1055 Whittlesea-Kinglake Road, Monday, July 30 from 10am.

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