A MOBILE phone tower in Dumbalk and Sandy Point will be activated today, Thursday, June 30.
The towers were installed as part of the Mobile Blackspot Program, after extensive community lobbying, particularly in Dumbalk.
Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent was in Dumbalk on Monday for a celebratory morning tea with residents.
“We had 163 black spots nominated by local residents to be eligible for new or improved mobile coverage under the Mobile Black Spot Program, with an initial announcement that 119 of those mobile black spots would receive coverage. I’m happy to say this number will continue to expand,” Mr Broadbent said.
“For Dumbalk and Sandy Point, the activation of these towers will alleviate legitimate safety fears felt by some residents. It’s been a long fight, but a fruitful one in the end.
“We have selected these areas of the electorate because they have been overlooked by mobile network operators due to commercial factors.
“A re-elected Coalition government will invite mobile network operators to bid for this new funding to provide coverage in the identified locations.”