Victoria's 50th new mobile tower launched at Moonambel

Published: 28 June 2017

Officials at the 50th new mobile tower
In this photo from left:
Hon Dan Tehan MP -Federal Member for Wannon
The Senator Hon. Fiona Nash - Minister for Regional Communications
Danielle Green MP - Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria
Councillor Ron Eason - Mayor of Pyrenees Shire Council
Mr Steve Tinker, Area General Manager - Western and Northern Victoria, Telstra.

Residents and visitors in the Moonambel area will see significant improvements in mobile coverage and connectivity, with the launch of a new mobile base station to eliminate black spots in the area.

It's the 50th base station built as a result of Victorian Government and Telstra's successful joint bid under round one of the Commonwealth's $100 million Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP).

Nearly half of Victoria's 109 mobile base stations from round one of the MBSP have now been constructed and activated, with another 43 sites expected to be up and running by the end of 2017.

The Moonambel base station will provide expanded 3G and 4G coverage for the 410 residents and businesses in the area. It is the second base station built in the area under round one of the program, with a third tower to be built in Landsborough/Frenchmans over the next two years.

The MBSP sites will significantly improve mobile coverage and connectivity for up to 12,000 households and businesses across regional Victoria and are expected to boost the state's regional economy by $120 million per year.

They will also improve public safety and access to emergency information during emergencies such as bushfires.

A further 32 mobile towers will be built in Victoria as part of the Victorian Government's joint bids with Telstra and Optus under round two of the MBSP.

$11 million has been provided in the Victorian Budget 2017/18 to support the bids for round three of the Commonwealth's MBSP.

A full list of locations being funded under the MBSP is available at communications.gov.au/mobile_coverage.