As more and more businesses in the region become dependent on mobile internet services to carry out their work, a push towards mobile coverage to be improved across regional South Australia has remained a contentious issue in the region.
State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall has claimed his government would invest $10 million to fix the worst mobile black spots across regional South Australia, while SA Best Hammond candidate Kelly Gladigau has expressed her party’s support in addressing the issue.
Labor Hammond candidate Mat O’Brien has said Labor would fight for its share of funding .
Member for Hammond Adrian Pederick has welcomed the Liberal Government’s announcement.
“There are several mobile blackspots in the Hammond electorate, particularly at Chapman Bore in between Callington and Kanmantoo, Geranium and Palmer,” Mr Pederick said.
“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.
“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.
“Mobile black spots in my electorate is an issue that is raised with me on a weekly basis and that’s why we will be investing $10 million to provide mobile phone coverage in black spots across the state, including in the Hammond electorate.”
Ms Gladigau has also put her support behind the issue of mobile black spots.
“While it is certainly an issue in the Hammond electorate, it is absolutely an issue for all of regional SA,” she said.
“The SA Best party is more than happy to support this issue and we will have to work with our federal colleagues in order to tackle it,
“The Labor party’s commitment to $1.5 million is a lack of action on their behalf.
“Black spots has been one of the hot topics that I’ve been approached about from constituents within the electorate.
“The main course of action is for safety and for business to conduct their businesses in the most efficient way possible. Its important as all of regional SA needs it.”
Mr O’Brien said black spot funding was the responsibility of the Federal Liberal Government.
“Steven Marshall is using South Australian taxpayers funds to shield Malcolm Turnbull from his responsibility,” he said.
“The State Labor Government will always fight for our fair share of funding from the Turnbull Government for mobile black spots.”