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Mobile phone tower brings connectivity to Buxton

Hume MP Angus Taylor, Telstra’s Lisa McTiernan (right) and Buxton resident Frances Taylor (left) welcome the switch on of a mobile phone tower [in the background] at Buxton.

Hume MP Angus Taylor, Telstra’s Lisa McTiernan (right) and Buxton resident Frances Taylor (left) welcome the switch on of a mobile phone tower [in the background] at Buxton.

Buxton residents received an early Christmas present when a new mobile phone tower near the Rural Fire Service shed was switched on last week.

Resident Frances Taylor, 72, said her life was now a whole lot easier.

“I have full bars right through the house. I used to have to go outside to make a call,’’ she said.

It’s a great convenience to have this service and my neighbours feel the same way.”

Local MP Angus Taylor said the Buxton tower was delivered as part of the federal government’s mobile black spot program.

“This program has seen the most significant increase in mobile network coverage to regional Australia ever delivered by a government funding program,’’ Mr Taylor said.

“And [his electorate] Hume is in the thick of the action.”

Mr Taylor said in four years he had secured funding for 21 towers in Hume under the mobile black spot program.

“Labor did not build a single mobile phone tower, nor invest a single cent in mobile phone coverage when they were in government.”

Applications for funding under Round 4 of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program have been extended for a further month until January 10, 2019.

Mr Taylor said he was pushing for mobile service improvements for a number of Hume communities.

He said the Buxton mobile tower followed the switch-on of an nbn tower at Picton East in recent months, servicing 384 premises around Picton and just north of Tahmoor.

The Picton East tower is among a cluster of nbn towers around Lakesland, Razorback North, Douglas Park, and Couridjah, which cover about 2000 premises.

 

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