ON THE LAND Ball­dale mo­bile cov­er­age plea

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY ROBERT MUIR

A let­ter and pe­ti­tion seek­ing as­sis­tance to ad­dress the lack of mo­bile cov­er­age in the Ball­dale area has re­ceived the back­ing of Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil.

Ball­dale res­i­dent of five years, Stephen Ward, ad­dressed coun­cil’s lat­est monthly meet­ing, on Jan­uary 23 and said the sit­u­a­tion has shown no im­prove­ment in that time.

“We get the sig­nal off Corowa but we get drop-outs. Su­san Ley (Mem­ber for Far­rer) has said to get coun­cil sup­port,” Mr Ward told coun­cil.

“I know I am not the only per­son in our com­mu­nity with this is­sue but need to ad­dress this as a ma­jor is­sue not just from the dis­ad­van­tage point of a ma­ture res­i­dent but it also makes life ex­tremely dif­fi­cult for our res­i­dents stu­dents and busi­ness own­ers in Ball­dale.”

The ab­sence of any street num­bers for emer­gen­cies was men­tioned by Mr Ward.

“The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion could be­come life threat­en­ing if emer­gency ser­vices can­not be con­tacted,” he said.

Mr Ward was ad­vised by Cr Shaun Whitechurch, who is up to date with tech­nol­ogy, to em­pha­sise the safety as­pect when talk­ing to author­i­ties, as this as­pect, moreso than in­creased tech­nol­ogy, would pro­vide the best op­por­tu­nity for ear­li­est im­proved cov­er­age.

Cr Fred Long­mire con­grat­u­lated Mr Ward on rais­ing the mat­ter and Cr Bron­wyn Thomas en­dorsed his ad­dress. “I’ve been in­volved with Sav­er­nake and Ren­nie. It’s a long drawn out process.”

Mayor Pat Bourke lent his sup­port. “I know as a coun­cil it very much con­cerns us to keep safe vil­lages and dis­tricts, and to have these cru­cial ser­vices we need to lobby rel­e­vant bod­ies. I can see you’ve got sup­port of the coun­cil­lors.”

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil will for­mally ad­vise its sup­port to Ms Ley for im­proved mo­bile cov­er­age in Ball­dale and district.

Stephen Ward ad­dressed Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil.

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