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McCurdy welcomes improved mobile phone coverage for Ovens Valley

Ovens Valley communities will soon have improved mobile phone coverage as part of the construction of 109 new or upgraded mobile phone towers across the state.

Locally, new or upgraded towers have been announced for Archerton, Buffalo River, Edi Upper, Eldorado, Havilah, Moyhu and Myrrhee.

Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy said the announcement would be welcomed by many residents and communities across the region which have been plagued by poor mobile phone coverage for years.

“Poor mobile phone coverage impacts on people in the operation of their businesses, day- to-day communications and during emergency situations,” Mr McCurdy said.

“For all of these reasons, improved mobile phone communication will make a significant difference.”

The federal government has announced these towers as part of its mobile blackspot program, which is being rolled out across regional Australia over three years.

“The former Coalition Government invested $40 million last year to secure funding for Victorian communities so I’m very pleased that we are seeing the result of that hard work,” Mr McCurdy said.

“Poor mobile phone service is one of the issues that is continually raised with me by members of our local communities so it is pleasing that improvements will now be forthcoming.

“Regional and rural Victorians deserve access to good quality mobile phone service and this is a great outcome for our local communities.”

A full list of locations is available at www.communications.gov.au/mobile_coverage