Funding to fix black spots

Cleve’s Birdseye Highway is be among mobile phone black spots that would be fixed with a $10 million investment under a Marshall Liberal state government.

Member for Flinders Peter Treloar has been lobbying for mobile black spot funding and welcomed the state Liberal’s announcement, with a number of notorious black spots on the Eyre Peninsula.

“There are several mobile blackspots in the Flinders electorate, particularly at Coulta/Wangary on the Lower Eyre, the Birdseye Highway around the Cleve area, Port Kenny and Streaky Bay surrounds,” Mr Treloar said.

He said reliable coverage was necessary in Eyre Peninsula communities, particularly during the warmer weather.

“During this hot summer weather, the community needs reliable mobile phone coverage to reach emergency services if needed and to ensure they can check on the wellbeing of family, friends and neighbours,” he said.

“In this day and age, communities rely on having mobile phone coverage to undertake everyday tasks and this access also plays an important role for primary producers who utilise mobile-based technology on their farms, as well as weather updates and services.”

State Liberal leader Steven Marshall said if elected, his government would fix the state’s worst black spots.

“Mobile black spots plague our state and it is one of the biggest issues raised with me when I’m out in our regions,” Mr Marshall said.

“Inadequate mobile phone coverage hurts regional business productivity, stunts tourism growth and is also a serious safety issue for those living in our regions – it shouldn’t be a problem for South Australians in the 21st century.”