Improved coverage for Mt Hotham, Dinner Plain
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.