People living and travelling through Berrys Creek will now have better phone service to make calls, browse the internet and stay connected with family and friends.

The new mobile base station is now switched on and will significantly improve phone service in Berrys Creek as well as the area between Mirboo North and Leongatha along the Strzelecki Highway.

Member for Monash, Russell Broadbent said the switch on of the new mobile base station in Berrys Creek under the Mobile Black Spot Program reflects the Commonwealth Government’s commitment to further improving connectivity in regional areas.

“This significant investment as part of the Mobile Black Spot Program means that people living, working and travelling in across Monash will now have better mobile coverage.

“The Government knows how frustrating it is to be talking on the phone or browsing the internet and then lose service, so this new base station will be greatly appreciated by many travellers who have had their phone call drop out on the Strzelecki Highway at Berrys Creek.

The new mobile base station was completed by Telstra and is the latest of two new sites across Monash to receive new or improved mobile coverage under the program.

“By improving reception at Berrys Creek, more farmers will be able to utilise technology on their properties, students will have better access to the internet and families will be able to stay connected with their loved ones.

“I am pleased that with this new tower in Berrys Creek, and a second tower in Aberfeldy earlier this year, that local residents and businesses would now have better service in more locations.

“Our continued investment in mobile phone base stations is further proof of the Government’s commitment to connecting Australians, wherever they are, particularly in regional towns like Berrys Creek,” Mr Broadbent said.

More information about the Mobile Black Spot Program is available at www.communications.gov.au/mbsp.