The Andrews Labor Government is helping local business and communities receive better mobile coverage, thanks to the rollout of more than 200 mobile base stations around the state.
The 200th station was recently activated in Knowsley, east of Bendigo, improving reception in and around the community for residents, businesses and tourists.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP today welcomed the rollout – which has already seen a boost in mobile reception across Northern Victoria, including towns like Annuello, Katandra, Brim, Girgarre, Minyip, Naneela, Sheep Hills and Patchewollock.
It comes as the locations for the upcoming construction of an extra 41 stations are revealed – with Berriwillock, Tutye and Toolleen included in the planned works.
Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy, Hon. Jaala Pulford MP said upgrading reception across the region has also improved safety by allowing people to contact emergency services in more locations.
Since 2014, the Labor Government has invested $56 million to improve mobile coverage around the state.
In November, the Government committed $300 million to improve mobile connectivity across the state to remove blackspots and help more Victorians get connected.
Digital connectivity will be a core part of the state’s economic recovery, with the Government committed to improving online access to as many people as possible.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“Reliable mobile coverage is so important for our community because it helps attract more people to live, work and visit the region.”
“These investments open the door for more people to visit and work in Northern Victoria because they’ll be able to connect with people from around the world.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford
“Victorians in regional areas deserve to have reliable mobile coverage. It helps connect residents, support businesses and attract tourists, allowing the local economy to grow and thrive.”
“Getting rid of black spots also makes communities much safer when natural disasters hit.”