LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has welcomed the commissioning of Telstra’s new Mobile Small Cell Tower erected at Spring Ridge pointing out that it was the result of power of community at work determined to improve an inadequate, yet vital, telecommunications network.
“During 2018, LPSC encouraged Shire residents to provide information about problems with mobile phone reception to both State and Federal Government Programs that provide black spot funding but with no fixes forthcoming, earlier this year, LPSC established its Telecommunications Outreach Program (TOP) to address growing community disquiet at inadequate mobile phone services in its rural communities and the failure to that point of funding materialising to address the issue.
‘Spring Ridge and Blackville communities, in particular, provided valuable information that allowed Council to present hard evidence to Telstra and the Government regarding the problems.
“Thank you to Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, for noting the concerns and lobbying on our behalf, resulting in your announcement in May that new small cell base stations for both Spring Ridge and Blackville would be funded under the Mobile Black Spot Program. Council congratulates both communities for helping drive a campaign that resulted in this successful outcome,” Councillor Hope said.