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.