The Federal Member for Macarthur, Dr Mike Freelander MP, has launched a campaign to have future mobile infrastructure projects in the region increased. Thanks to this advocacy, Dr Freelander has ensured that five Macarthur suburbs have been listed for consideration for communications infrastructure expansion.
“The current state of mobile phone coverage in Macarthur is unacceptable, especially given the risk of bushfire in locations of black spots.” Dr Freelander states.
“I want to thank the hundreds of Macarthur locals who responded and helped me to identify the areas which require urgent investment in communications infrastructure.”
The listings, made by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, are contained in a central register of locations that have concerns regarding non-existent mobile coverage. The register serves as a guide for the Government in making future mobile infrastructure commitments and is also available to telecommunications companies when applying for Federal funding for capital works.
Following his community campaign, Leppington, Wedderburn, Rossmore, Kentlyn, and Gilead have been added by the Department to the national register.
Dr Freelander recommended the above areas, accompanied by Minto Heights, for Round 5A of Federal Government funding for communications infrastructure projects, stating that “More must be done for those in our community who are vulnerable to natural disaster and isolation.”
“I am thrilled to have the support of the Rural Fire Service and local councils on this matter, recognising the urgent need for telecommunications infrastructure as a safety issue for Macarthur residents.”
“The onus is now on the Government and telecommunications companies to come to the table and commit to supporting our region.”
Dr Freelander is calling on the Federal Government to commit to working with the local Macarthur community, including residents, councils and the RFS to map out the infrastructure that our area desperately needs.