State and federal government funding is set to boost mobile coverage across regional Victoria with more than 30 new mobile towers to be constructed.
Co-funded by the state and federal governments in partner- ship with Telstra and Optus, the new towers seek to eliminate black spots, boost coverage and improve safety for communities across the state, including Bealiba.
The 32 towers will be built under round four of the Mobile Black Spot Program, which will see a total of $21.7 million invested in mobile infrastructure in Victoria. This includes $6.5 million from the Federal Government and $5.8 million from State Government in partnership with service providers.
Minister for Regional Services and Deputy Leader of The Nationals, senator Bridget McKenzie, said reliable and effective mobile communications are very important.
“Greater availability of mobile services is a big deal. It means staying safe in remote areas, keeping in contact with family and friends, unlocking access to online health and education services as well as increased tourism and business opportunities,” she said.
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