02 December 2016
Phone tower good news for Indigo
Indigo Shire Mayor Cr Jenny O’Connor said today that the Council was ‘very, very glad’ to hear that the Beechworth-Wodonga Road within the Shire was allocated a mobile phone tower in Round 2 of the Commonwealth Government’s blackspot program.
“This will be great news for everyone who travels this road, but especially for the people who were impacted by the bushfire in the Indigo Valley and Barnawartha area last Christmas,” Cr O’Connor said.
“The lack of mobile phone coverage hampered the fire-fighting effort and this was one of the key criteria Council put forward earlier this year in our advocacy for a tower in that area.
“According to the Commonwealth Government’s map of tower locations the Indigo Shire tower will go somewhere in the region of the Yackandandah turn off from the Beechworth-Wodonga Road and will vastly improve communications in that region.”
Cr O’Connor said much of the success in securing the tower was due to the fighting spirit of the Indigo Valley and Barnawartha community.
“They lived through the experience of no or poor telecommunications during this incident.
They were fully behind our efforts to secure a phone tower in that area, they lobbied and sent a petition with 132 signatures to the Member for Indi Cathy McGowan seeking support for better mobile phone and internet coverage,” she said.
“This tower will also be a fantastic boost for the travelling public as so many residents in these areas work in Wodonga or Albury, and of course tourists will feel the benefit as well,” Cr O’Connor said.
“There are other areas of our shire that have blackspots and we will continue our advocacy work for the next round of allocations.”
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