$30m telecommunications investment

By Riverine Herald

AN ELECTED Liberal Nationals Government has promised it will invest $30 million over four years to boost mobile connectivity across rural and regional Victoria.

Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said ongoing State Government investment in telecommunications infrastructure was critical for farmers, families and other businesses in rural and regional communities.

“There are too many places across our state where communications services aren’t up to scratch and if a Liberal Nationals Government is elected we’re determined to invest and change that,” Mr Walsh said.

“In this digital age where the internet, smart phones and technology dominate, it is absolutely critical families and businesses in rural and regional areas have reliable telephone and internet services.

“Technology has brought us a long way but the Liberal Nationals know what’s needed now is partnership and investments to make sure people in rural and regional areas are getting the same opportunities and services as people who live in our towns and cities.

“Under our program, we’ll prioritise investment in mobile towers that improve coverage in areas prone to bushfire, along transport routes, key agribusiness areas and communities with limited telecommunications access.”

The program will leverage co-investments from federal and local governments, service providers, businesses and communities.

“We’re listening closely to the issues being raised by stakeholders including the Victorian Farmers Federation and our own local communities,” Mr Walsh said.

“We’re determined to get rural and regional Victoria connected and if we are elected, we’ll get the job started with this $30 million investment.”