Black spot call out

April 17, 2017

Living with limited or no mobile phone coverage in a regional town is just not acceptable.

Greater Shepparton City Council will seek funding on behalf of communities with poor mobile connectivity after the region was largely unsuccessful in early stages of the Federal Government’s mobile black spot program.

The council will make an application for funding on behalf of the region, but to be successful, it needs the community’s help to identify local black spots — areas with poor mobile phone reception.

Council economic development project officer Rohan Sali said while lobbying for improved connectivity was not traditionally terrain of the council, it was in council’s best interest to ensure communities were not left in the dark.

‘‘If anything is restricting them from doing business... it’s in the best interests of council to support them.’’

Having hard evidence accompanying any application was another reason for the move and would be crucial to its success, Mr Sali said.

‘‘It’s why we encourage the whole community to jump on... identify any problem areas and how it affects you or your businesses.’’

In recent years, Katandra West has been identified as a highly visible area in dire need of improved connectivity, with businesses needing to buy boosters to conduct day-to-day operations and on-call medical professionals at times being difficult to contact.

With the support of the council, data and evidence from the community Mr Sali said council’s hope was it could secure funding for the region in the next round under the program.

He said priorities would be determined depending on the submissions received.

To submit details about black spots in Greater Shepparton and how it affects you, visit by May 19.

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