BETTER MOBILE PHONE COVERAGE FOR BARFOLD

Barfold will receive a new mobile phone tower through a partnership between the Andrews Labor Government and the Federal Government.

Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas celebrated the announcement with local CFA volunteers and community members at Langley-Barfold Fire Station.

The Labor Government’s $5.8 million investment in regional mobile phone towers will massively expand 4G coverage across regional Victoria.

The plan will see dozens of new mobile towers built across regional Victoria – eliminating black spots, boosting coverage and improving safety for local communities.

The 30 new towers will be co-funded by the Victorian and Federal governments in partnership with Telstra and Optus, through round four of the Mobile Black Spot Program.

The location of the towers is the result of extensive consultation with Victoria’s nine Regional Partnerships, local government, Emergency Management Victoria, Telstra and Optus.

Public safety, value for money and economic development opportunities were all key considerations during the consultation, ensuring the new towers will go to regional communities most in need of better mobile connection.

The Labor Government had committed $55 million to 194 new regional mobile towers, which will connect 20,000 premises to coverage for the first time.

More than 130 of these towers are complete and today’s announcement means the Victorian Government is now funding 224 towers across the state.

We are also boosting connectivity across the regions through mobile towers and repeaters to improve coverage for commuters on regional rail.

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas:

“This new tower will make a real difference to people in Barfold and neighbouring towns – boosting safety and coverage for this community.”

“Delivering better coverage for regional Victorians is an absolute must and we’re proud be getting on with the job.”

“We’ve already delivered more than 130 new mobile towers, giving regional Victorians access to better information and a better signal when they need it most.”