Myrtleford Times

Improved coverage for Mt Hotham, Dinner Plain

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MT HOTHAM and Dinner Plain will be among areas to benefit from improved mobile coverage as part of a major transmissi­on upgrade to be funded by the Federal Government.

Nationals Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie on Monday confirmed that $2.6 million from the government’s $90 million Regional Connectivi­ty Program (RCP) will be spent on 42kms of fibre optic path between Tambo Crossing and Swifts Creek to create a transmissi­on ‘ring’ between Wangaratta, Bairnsdale and Melbourne.

Senator McKenzie said the solution will provide new and/or upgraded mobile coverage at locations along the route, including Mt Hotham, Dinner Plain, Ensay, Tambo Crossing and Omeo.

She said completion of an Eastern Victorian fibre transmissi­on ring will provide additional redundancy and resilience to the Telstra mobile network in a high-risk bushfire region by providing multiple fibre optic paths for communitie­s along the route.

“Improved mobile connectivi­ty will also support business activities in a number of highly visited tourist locations including Mt Hotham and Dinner Plain, stimulatin­g growth opportunit­ies.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastruc­ture, Transport and Regional Developmen­t, Michael McCormack, said digital connectivi­ty is a core element of the Federal Government’s regional developmen­t agenda.

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