Vot­ers will have big call to make


MO­BILE blackspots con­tinue to be a prob­lem in ar­eas across the re­gion, but if the coali­tion is elected later this month, things might change.

Vic­to­rian Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan said an elected Lib­eral-Na­tion­als govern­ment would in­vest $30 mil­lion to boost mo­bile con­nec­tiv­ity across ru­ral and re­gional Vic­to­ria, help­ing farm­ers, fam­i­lies and

busi­ness in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties who are strug­gling to re­ceive mo­bile cov­er­age.

‘‘In this dig­i­tal age where the in­ter­net, smart phones and tech­nol­ogy dom­i­nate, it is vi­tal that fam­i­lies and busi­ness in re­gional and ru­ral ar­eas have a re­li­able con­nec­tion,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘Lo­cal farming fam­i­lies are bat­tling to re­ceive a few bars of mo­bile cov­er­age, which

is a huge con­cern with bush­fire sea­son ap­proach­ing.

‘‘Un­der our pro­gram, we’ll in­vest in new mo­bile tow­ers to im­prove cov­er­age to en­sure that res­i­dents have ac­cess to emer­gency in­for­ma­tion should they need it.’’

Blackspots re­main a big is­sue.

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