Better mobile service for those in the bush

Eight new mobile towers will be rolled out across Mansfield Shire over a projected three year period

AT LAST: Tolmie resident John Valcic is happy that better mobile communications is on the way for those living ‘in the bush’.

ALMOST 10 years of fighting has finally paid off for Tolmie and other Mansfield Shire residents with Telstra revealing plans last week to build towers in notorious blackspots.

A total of eight new mobile phone towers will be rolled out across the shire over a projected three year period, including two at Tolmie, one at Ancona, Enoch’s Point, Goughs Bay, Howqua Inlet, Sawmill Settlement and Woods Point.

Although it is only phase one of the project, it is hoped to eliminate all but the most remote blackspots across the shire.

Funding for the towers comes under the Federal Government’s $100 million Mobile Black Spot Program, with Telstra and the Victorian Government successfully putting forward a joint bid worth $86 million to the state.

Back in 2012 then shire mayor Russell Bate chaired a breakaway council group to investigate the blackspot problems, known as the Mansfield Telecommunications Advocacy Group.

Last week, with the long fight almost over, Cr Bate said he was thrilled with the news.

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