Labor pushing calls for better mobile coverage in regional Vic straight to message bank

The Andrews Labor Government has blocked calls for better mobile phone coverage in the Shepparton region by axing its contribution to a program aimed at fixing mobile blackspots.

The Federal Liberal Nationals Government’s $220 million Mobile Blackspot Program is fixing problems with mobile phone coverage for thousands of regional Victorians.

The Commonwealth announced the Program’s latest milestones today, including installation of a Telstra Macro Base Station at Katunga.

The Nationals Member for Northern Victoria, Luke O’Sullivan MP, said the Federal Government’s Program will build confidence in the Shepparton community.

“Better mobile phone coverage means it’s easier to do business, keep in touch with family and friends and stay up-to-date on current events that impact our lives every day,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

“Despite the positive progress from the Commonwealth, the Andrews Labor Government has shamefully refused to contribute to the latest round of improvements.

“Daniel Andrews will go to any lengths to short-change our community out of the investment and improved access to basic services that we deserve.”

Shadow Minister for Regional Victoria and Decentralisation Peter Walsh said Daniel Andrews must guarantee the money Labor ripped from the Commonwealth Mobile Blackspot Program would actually go to country Victoria.

“The Andrews Labor Government has absolutely no credibility when it says it will invest in regional Victoria, as we have seen with the missing $723 million owed to regional Victoria from the Port of Melbourne lease sale,” Mr Walsh said.

“Daniel Andrews still hasn’t apologised or offered an explanation to country people of where that money went.

“The Premier for Melbourne will always find a way to dud regional Victorians.”

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