Members of the Tolmie and Archerton communities have celebrated improved mobile reception with the official launch today of the Tolmie and Archerton mobile phone towers.
The communities were joined by Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan and Telstra’s Area General Manager East & South West Victoria Loretta Willaton.
Ms McGowan congratulated both communities and the Wangaratta and Mansfield councils for their work in identifying the black spots as priorities. Wangaratta has six spots funded – Archerton, Eldorado, Edi Upper, Moyhu, Myrhee and Upper Ryans Creek. Mansfield has eight spots funded – Tolmie, Kevington, Ancona, Enochs Point, Goughs Bay, Howqua Inlet, Sawmill Settlement and Woods Point.
“This is an achievement by both communities in partnership with their councils. It’s a testament to how effective it is when communities and all levels of government work together,” Ms McGowan said.
“Indi has been successful in securing funding for 38 new mobile phone towers under the Mobile Black Spot Programme. This will be the 11th community event held to celebrate the new towers. I will continue to work on a sustainable solution to addressing all remaining blackspots across Wangaratta and Mansfield and the rest of the electorate.
Ms McGowan said she would continue to work closely with Telstra and Optus for NBN colocation on as many towers as possible.
“Thank you to Telstra and the State and Federal Governments on delivering a really important boost to local telecommunications.”
“People expect and deserve mobile phone coverage and internet wherever they are in Australia,” she said.
Picture: Cathy McGowan and Loretta Willaton from Telstra at the launch of the Tolmie and Archerton mobile phone towers.
Much-needed maintenance will ensure the Tolmie Recreation Reserve remains a hub for the local community, says Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan.
The Tolmie Recreation Reserve Maintenance Project, worth $22,000, will be delivered thanks to the community’s work with Mansfield Shire Council and a $9,000 grant from round three of the Commonwealth Stronger Communities Program.
“Congratulations to the local community, led by committee member Linda Terry, who have worked actively with Council to get the project done,” Ms McGowan said.
The works will include repairs to the storage facility located in the original stable buildings to replace rotting posts; and painting of the exterior of the hall and community kitchen.
“These much-needed works will ensure the preservation of this invaluable community asset,” Ms McGowan said.
“The reserve and its buildings provide a location for community group meetings, markets, gatherings and events. Most famously, the Reserve is the location of the annual Tolmie Sports, which will be held on 10th February 2018. This event has run continuously since 1886 and this will be the 132nd year.
“I am delighted to announce the success of this grant, alongside Linda Terry; Mansfield Mayor, Cr Paul Volkering, Cr Marg Attley; and Community Development Team Leader Kirsten Lingard.”
L to R: Mansfield councillor Harry Westendorp, Barb Taylor, Reg Taylor, Cr Marg Attley, Cathy McGowan, Kirsten Lingard, Mansfield Shire CEO Alex Green and Mayor Cr Paul Volkering at Tolmie Recreation Reserve.
Residents of Mt Beauty, Bright, Beechworth, Mansfield and Yea will be visited by the Australian Government Mobile Service Centre this week.
Staff in the Government Mobile Service Centre are from the Department of Human Services and travel with the centres. They can help people with Centrelink, Medicare, Child Support and Australian Hearing payments and services.
The centre has disabled access and Wi-Fi is available for those wanting to create or access their myGov account.
The details are:
Mt Beauty – Neighbourhood Centre car park, Tennis Court Avenue, Tuesday 30 January – 10am to 4pm
Bright – Senior Citizens Centre car park, Cobden Street, Wednesday 31 January – 9.30am to 4pm
Beechworth – in front of the Library, Ford Street, Thursday 1 February – 9.30am to 4pm
Mansfield – near the Courthouse, Highett Street, Friday 2nd February – 9.30am to 3.30pm
Yea – near the Swimming Pool, High Street, Tuesday 6th February – 9.30am to 4pm
More information about the Mobile Service Centre is available at the website – www.humanservices.gov.au/mobileoffice