Boost for phone coverage

Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson announced the Federal Government and Telstra would install a new base station to improve mobile-phone coverage at Birregurra. She is pictured with Birregurra residents, from left, Sue Butterworth, Claire Coulson and Liam Butterworth.

A new mobile phone base station at Birregurra is set to improve the region’s coverage, the Federal Government says.

The macrocell site is the biggest upgrade of four announced for Corangamite yesterday under the Federal Government’s $220-million Mobile Black Spots Program, and will be rolled out in partnership with Telstra.

Existing infrastructure at Bellbrae, Anglesea and Aireys Inlet will also have smaller upgrades.

Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson said at Birregurra yesterday that the infrastructure, which was an election commitment and could cost up to $500,000, was a “massive win” for the community.

“This is vital infrastructure for which I have been campaigning and lobbying for a very long time,” Ms Henderson said.

Telstra, which won the Federal Government’s tender for the upgrades, also built a tower near Birregurra’s main street in 2016.

But mobile-phone coverage has remained poor for the surrounding region.

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One Response to “Boost for phone coverage”

  1. Robert

    I’m sorry but why Telstra? what about those of us who use Optus and or Vodafone? they they have done the same in other rural paces as well, why Telstra? I chose Optus because the deal was cheaper