Welcome boost to mobile service at Gollan
In our modern world, digital communication is essential
and it is virtually impossible to operate without good access to mobile phone
reception and data.
Unfortunately, we know too well that both of these have
been lacking in some parts of our region.
I am delighted that
both our federal members, Mark Coulton in the Parkes electorate and Andrew Gee
in Calare, understand the issues and are working hard for improvements.
On Monday I had the
pleasure to be at Gollan, where Mr Gee announced that a mobile phone tower
would be constructed, which will finally bring to an end years of poor coverage
coverage has been a concern of mine for years and when I became Mayor, I made a
commitment to push the state and federal government to address blackspots.
Gollan is one of the worst so it fantastic news that it has been addressed.
It certainly isn’t
the only one, there are still a number of villages, localities and major roads
that have no coverage. Eumungerie and Mumbil are two villages that would
benefit from increased reception and it is a constant frustration for many on
the fringes of Dubbo and Wellington that they have little to no service once
they head out of town.
It is very
important that the Dubbo Region provides plenty of lifestyle options and that
includes village and rural living. However, if mobile and internet options are
poor, it is going to discourage many from making the move.
Villages that have
good coverage, such as Wongarbon, Geurie and Ballimore, are flourishing and I
want all the communities in the Dubbo Region to have the same benefit.
It is also
important that roads with high volumes of traffic have good coverage so
motorists can feel safe if they have problems or an accident needs to be
reported. How many times have you jumped in the car for a trip only to find you
have no reception for 90 per cent of the journey? It’s not acceptable.
I acknowledge that
in a country as large as Australia and with such a spread out population it is
impossible for everywhere to have coverage. However, it should be a goal of
governments to work with telecommunications giants to increase coverage and
identify key locations for blackspot funding.
Mr Gee and Mr
Coulton have recognized this and have lobbied hard. I feel it’s important that
Council and others in the community show them support and make it clear that
more is needed so that the government continue to listen to our hard-working
Our newly elected
State MP for Dubbo, Dugald Saunders, has also made it clear he wants to see
blackspots fixed and has said he will lobby for his electorate to get its fair
share of funding from a $400 million NSW Government commitment to address
I had preliminary discussions before the election and
look forward to working with Mr Saunders to benefit our region with that.
Last Edited: 31 May 2019