Alpine Shire Council is seeking community feedback in identifying current gaps for its Mobile and Internet Strategy.
12 January 2022
Alpine Shire Mayor Cr Sarah Nicholas said it was recognised that a strong telecommunications network is vitally important in the Alpine Shire.
“This is why Council is developing a Mobile and Internet Strategy that will identify current gaps in services. The Strategy will be used to advocate to Government to improve coverage and source the best possible solutions to provide connectivity across the Shire,” she said.
“Council has identified a range of gaps in mobile and internet coverage and is seeking community feedback to make sure that the information is comprehensive and correct.”
Cr Nicholas encouraged community members to share their knowledge about gaps they experience in mobile and internet coverage in their towns.
“A strong telecommunications network is essential for the safety and resilience of our communities. This is a great chance for people to contribute towards being connected,” she said.
“We know the importance of connection now more than ever.”
Council has identified current mobile network gaps in Telstra, Optus and Vodaphone coverage:
Great Alpine Road: Myrtleford to Bright to Harrietville to Dinner Plain and beyond
Kiewa Valley Highway: Dederang to Tawonga to Mount Beauty to Falls Creek and beyond
Tawonga Gap Road: Bright to Tawonga
Mt Buffalo Road: Porepunkah to Bright
Happy Valley Road / Running Creek Road: Myrtleford to Running Creek
Myrtleford Yackandandah Road: Myrtleford to Mudgegonga
Buffalo River Road: Myrtleford to Nug Nug to Lake Buffalo and beyond
Dargo High Plains Road: Hotham Heights to Dargo
Council has identified the current internet gaps in NBN coverage:
Fixed wireless only townships: Dinner Plain
Satellite only townships: Harrietville, Mount Hotham and Falls Creek
Fibre to the Node NBN only townships: Bright, Mount Beauty and Myrtleford
Cr Nicholas said that community feedback is vital to ensuring that all gaps are identified.
“Our communities can contribute to solving these issues by filling out a quick survey to help Council get it right,” she said.