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Searching for service - it's time to get Barwon the phone coverage we need

3 July, 2020
Searching for service - it's time to get Barwon the phone coverage we need Image

Unreliable mobile coverage and poor connectivity is a common theme that I hear across Barwon from individuals, organisations, businesses and emergency services. If we are to prosper in our rural and regional economies, a fast and reliable telecommunications network is vital.

I have raised connectivity issues for the communities of Coonamble, Louth, Menindee, Pooncarie and Tibooburra with the Minister for Regional New South Wales, Industry and Trade.

I am seeking information from people across Barwon about places or regions that need a more reliable source of connectivity. This could include unreliable mobile coverage, little to no coverage or known mobile black spots. For many people technology is a way of staying informed and contacting loved ones, this is especially true for those of us in regional areas. It is unacceptable for these places not to have a reliable network coverage especially in the event of an emergency.

My office has been advocating for upgrades for a number of locations that have been raised with us, if you have locations that require attention could you please email them to barwon@parliament.nsw.gov.au by the end of July, attention to Grace.

If you have questions, please contact Grace in my Broken Hill Office on (08) 8087 3315.

***Cartoon from Harry Bruce at the Gladstone Observer***

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