GUNBOWER is expected to have the same mobile coverage as the city, when a Telstra tower is installed soon.
Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum said the announcement was part of the Coalition Government’s $220 million mobile black spot program and would open new doors for businesses and the community.
‘‘Gunbower will be receiving a Telstra macro base station,’’ he said.
‘‘The base stations are due to be completed by June 2019, however, I am optimistic they may be completed sooner.
‘‘These communities have had inadequate phone services for far too long.
‘‘Regional communities should not be given sub-par services compared to our city counterparts.
“Reliable communications are imperative to everyone who lives in the country, particularly those on farmland.
‘‘Good mobile reception can provide improved safety and productivity for a range of people who rely on mobile reception for their communications.”
Construction of the towers is expected to get underway soon but an exact timeline has not been determined.
Mr Drum’s office was unable to provide the specific costs associated with the Gunbower tower but said the government was spending $9 million in Victoria.
The mobile black spot program aims to improve mobile coverage across Australia including along major regional transport routes, in small communities and at identified priority locations.
More information about the program and a list of the priority locations is available at communications.gov.au/mbsp