Locals want mobile phone black spots fixed

MOBILE BLACKSPOT: A local resident tries to get a mobile phone signal at the Young showgrounds. Picture Craig Thomson.

MOBILE BLACKSPOT: A local resident tries to get a mobile phone signal at the Young showgrounds. Picture Craig Thomson.

Young residents want the federal government to know there are plenty of mobile phone black spots in the local area that still need to be fixed.

Round three of funding for the federal mobile blackspot program will get underway soon and Member for Riverina Michael McCormack said the government has committed an additional $60 million of funding.

"The Government has announced a number of priority locations which may receive funding for a mobile base station under round three," he said.

"A competitive process to allocate round three funding is expected to commence in 2017 and I want members of the community to contact my office to nominate black spots in their area.

"I know from experiencing it first hand that there are still black spots throughout the region.”

Local bulk haulage business owner Paul Reynolds said Mr McCormack should be aware of a mobile black spot around Murringo.

"There is a notorious black spot around Murringo that he should look into for sure," he said.

"We have had a couple of breakdowns in that area over the years and it was hard to contact people for assistance.

"It is a bit dangerous and inconvenient for any driver that gets into trouble and can't call for help, so I'd hope Murringo is on the government's list of spots to fix."

Young pony club president Barry Matthews said the local showgrounds has sketchy service.

"The showgrounds have pretty bad service and indoors in any of our buildings there is no service available at all," he said.

"It is a bit dangerous for us because if someone falls off a horse we have unreliable phone service to call for help.

"We've had to walk around the grounds to find any service at all when that has happened in the past which of course wastes time in an emergency, I'd hope we could get that fixed up."

To report a mobile phone black spot go online to https://www.communications.gov.au/what-we-do/phone/mobile-services-and-coverage/mobile-black-spot-program 

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