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By Lisa Pahl
A $10m funding boost would help fix
dangerous mobile black spots across the
Hills and Fleurieu, the Liberals have
The election promise would target the
worst gaps in the State’s regional mobile
phone network in a bid to increase business
productivity, tourism and safety for locals.
State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall said
if elected in March, the party would work
with telecommunications companies and the
Federal Government to deliver new mobile
phone towers in priority areas.
“There are thousands of mobile black spots
right across SA,” he said.
“When I’m out in the regions mobile phone
coverage is always an issue that gets raised
SA received only 31 new towers through the
first two rounds of the Federal Government’s
Mobile Black Spot Program, because the State
Government only contributed $1.5m.
“When Queensland contributed $10m to
the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot
Program they received around 70 mobile
phone towers, we’ll be working with the telcos
and will approach the Federal Government to
get the best deal possible for SA,” Mr Marshall
Priority black spots will be determined in
consultation with communities, telcos and
other stakeholders. Liberal candidate for
Heysen Josh Teague said the region was
“notorious” for its mobile black spots.
“It’s not just the far-flung parts of the district
that are affected by this,” he said.
“People at places like Crafers, Aldgate,
Stirling, Upper Sturt and Scott Creek are
struggling to get coverage at home and in their
“If you drive along Long Valley Road from
Strathalbyn to Wistow and if anyone tries to
have a phone conversation with you, it cuts in
and out of service all the time.”
Coverage in areas around Kuitpo, Meadows,
Mylor, Echunga and Macclesfield was also a
problem, he said.
The problem was just as bad in the Kavel
electorate, Liberal candidate Dan Cregan said.
“There are several black spots, particularly
around Nairne, Brukunga, Dawesley, parts of
Woodside, Carey Gully and Piccadilly,” he said.
Mr Cregan said a reliable service was vital
for emergencies and for primary producers
who were increasingly needing to access
mobile technology for weather updates or to
monitor bores and irrigation systems.
Flaxley landowner Brian Pearce has been
battling with poor reception on his Whites
Road property for years.
“Even though we have a land line, these days
up to 90% of our calls come to the mobiles,” he
said. “We always have to go outside, otherwise
we don’t receive our messages.
“To make a call we quite often go out to the
patio and walk around to find reception.
“When I go out on the property my wife
always tells me to take my phone in case of
Not only does it make keeping in touch
difficult, but the patchy coverage has also been
“I rolled the motorbike once and got quite
hurt,” Mr Pearce said. “I pulled out the phone
and tried to make a call just to see that there’s
no network coverage.
“Another time I got rolled by an overzealous
mother who was protecting her calf and again
I couldn’t get coverage to get help.
“The time you need the mobile the most is
always the time it doesn’t work.”
Liberal candidate for Heysen Josh Teague and Flaxley landowner Brian Pearce search for mobile reception.
Green light for black spots
By Lisa Pahl
remain divided over a
developer’s plan for a
community development at
the entrance to their town.
More than 290 people
have thrown their support
behind Strath Property
Investments’ Adelaide Road
proposal during consultation
Council’s Development Plan
Amendment (DPA) for the
But of the over 600
submissions lodged with the
council, about 220 residents
and business owners also
opposed the Strath Hub
They either support the
council’s own plans to rezone
that site for residential and
open space uses, or have
called on the council to retain
the land as open space or for
Over 970 people also signed
a petition calling on Planning
Minister John Rau and the
State Government to accept
the council’s DPA and its plans
for the Adelaide Road site.
Consultation on the DPA
closed on Friday and a public
meeting was scheduled for
last night, but with over 80
people indicating a wish to
speak, the council has had to
postpone the event.
Written submissions have
been released on the council’s
Jamie Warland said in her
submission that zoning the
Adelaide Road land residential
“will only defer the existing
problem we have with lack
of services and dollars being
spent in our town”.
Resident Mike Kuijpers said
he believed the Adelaide Road
plan “should be allowed to go
ahead” and urged the council
to “please quit stalling and
allow this development before
developers decide to spend the
money away from our town”.
supported the council’s DPA,
but was concerned that the
“continual push to force all
retail into the District Centre
Zone” could “damage the
character of this zone long
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