Lack of communications infrastructure a key issue in isolated areas

Federal Member for Robertson, Ms Lucy Wicks MP took her listening post west of the M1 to hear from communities in Kulnura and Peats Ridge on Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15.

Ms Wicks previously spent the afternoon at Spencer Wharf on Wiseman’s Ferry Rd and had also engaged with locals at the Mangrove Mountain Club. Serious concerns about broadband and mobile phone infrastructure were raised at the meetings, which Ms Wicks has addressed in a speech to Federal Parliament.

“I met with residents from Spencer and surrounding suburbs such as Gunderman and Wendoree Park at the Spencer Wharf. “We worked closely with the Spencer and Districts Progress Association to organise the posts,” Mrs Wicks said.

“Lack of communications infrastructure was a key issue that residents raised. “Residents told me that there is either little or no mobile coverage in Spencer, and they also said that there is limited access to what is pretty slow internet. “There is also a lack of emergency support.

“This was highlighted during the storms that hit our region in April when the town of Spencer was isolated with no power, sewerage or running water.

“At our listening post, I committed to join with residents of Spencer and surrounding suburbs for a fight for better communications infrastructure for the people of this region. “The NBN Co advises that much of the region is expected to be covered by the satellite which was recently launched.

“I am pleased to see that NBN is working on having new commercial satellite services during the first half of next year, after testing and trials of the satellite have been completed.

Media release,
Nov 13, 2015
Tim Sowden, office of
Lucy Wicks

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