Steps to weed out mobile blackspots

Gippslanders are being asked to provide information about their mobile phone coverage, with some communities experiencing service “black spots”.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester hopes to gain feedback on the Federal Government’s $100 million regional mobile coverage program.

“There have been improvements in mobile phone coverage in recent years as technology has become more advanced, but residents from at least 30 communities in Gippsland have indicated to my office that they do not currently have access to adequate coverage,” Mr Chester said.

Mr Chester initiated a register last year for Gippsland residents to report mobile phone black spots and has encouraged those affected by inadequate mobile coverage to consider making a submission.

Residents from Callignee, Cowwarr, Glengarry, Gormandale, Jeeralang Junction, Koornalla, Tarra Valley, Toongabbie, and Traralgon South have registered mobile phone coverage issues thus far.

“The discussion paper is an opportunity for residents and community leaders from areas in Gippsland which experience poor coverage to have their say on the structure of the program,” Mr Chester said.

Mr Chester said funding for the program consisted of two streams: $80 million will go towards a Mobile Network Expansion Project, which will improve mobile phone coverage along major transport routes, in small communities and in areas that are prone to experiencing natural disasters; and $20 million will support the Mobile Blackspot Project, which will improve mobile coverage in locations with unique coverage problems such as areas with high demand for services.

Gippslanders can obtain a copy of the discussion paper online at The closing date for submissions is 5pm, 28 February.