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Horsham council to pay $10,000 for phone service bid

FIRE PRONE: The Wartook Valley after the 2014 northern Grampians bushfire. Picture: DEAN LAWSON.

FIRE PRONE: The Wartook Valley after the 2014 northern Grampians bushfire. Picture: DEAN LAWSON.

Horsham Rural City Council will contribute $10,000 to a funding application to secure improved mobile phone service in Wartook Valley, Laharum and Brimpaen.
The council has strongly advocated for improved mobile phone service in the high fire-risk area but the area was overlooked in the first round of the Federal Government’s $100-million mobile black-spot program.
The government has made $60 million available in the next two years in the second round of the program.
Cr David Grimble, a Brimpaen farmer, said fixing mobile phone black-spots remained the council’s number one priority.
“During the past couple of weeks I’ve had several requests from landowners requesting the council support a financial commitment,” he said.
“Putting some money in probably doesn’t sit naturally for us, but I know when the black-spot program was rolled out, one of the key principles was to attract some leveraged investment. If this is what’s necessary to be successful, I fully support it.”
Cr Grimble said the council was acting on advice from Member for Mallee Andrew Broad and a request for financial support from Wartook Valley Communications Committee.
In a letter to the council, committee member Royce Raleigh said residents were ‘extremely disappointed’ to be overlooked in round one.
“We believe we did not gain full consideration for a number of issues in round one, including need, an area subject to natural disasters, social and economic benefits, and issues of public safety,” he said.
Cr Robin Barber said although he supported a recommendation to contribute the money, it was a shame it was necessary.
“Andrew Broad really encouraged us to make some kind of contribution towards this,” he said.

Get the full story in the December 23, 2015 edition of The Weekly Advertiser.

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