Telcos react to Armstrong Creek mobile campaign
Corangamite MP Libby Coker’s campaign on behalf of the many residents of Armstrong Creek who are battling to get reliable mobile phone coverage is getting traction with mobile phone companies.
Two of the big mobile phone companies are fast-tracking plans for new towers in Armstrong Creek following Libby’s campaign.
After being inundated with complaints about poor or non-existent mobile coverage across parts of Armstrong Creek, Libby began a petition earlier this year.
She also hosted a virtual community meeting in October, together with Shadow Communications Minister Michelle Rowland, to gauge the severity and spread of the issues.
After meeting with representatives of the three big telcos, Libby raised the matter in several speeches to Parliament and through local media.
“I’ve recently been given great news from Optus. It will begin site selection and planning next March for a tower in central Armstrong Creek,” Ms Coker said.
“That’s an outcome I’ve been pushing hard for over several months. I thank Optus for listening and responding.
“When built, that tower will resolve the problems for many Optus customers in the area.
“Optus has also committed to bringing forward planning for two other mobile towers, in the south and west of Armstrong Creek.
“Telstra too has advised it is fast-tracking a tower to the east of Armstrong Creek. That’s great news for Telstra customers living in and around Warralily.
"While these developments are excellent news, there’s much still to do. We aren’t yet where we would like to be, where all people have good mobile coverage across all three networks.
“I’m continuing to work with the community and the three big telcos to further improve mobile coverage for Armstrong Creek residents.
“A huge thank-you to the many residents of Armstrong Creek who have shared their stories with me. Their frustrations are real and justified.
“Making a noise and advocating for people is an important part of an MP’s job. Achieving good outcomes for people is one of the most satisfying parts of my work,” Ms Coker said.