The issues with our local mobile reception are a key focus of my work as your Federal MP and I am happy to report that me and the Shadow Minister for Communications, are working on getting stable and reliable mobile service for Somerville and surrounds.
However, it would be of great assistance to me if you would sign my petition below.
Let’s get Somerville and surrounds better mobile reception!
Improve Somerville's Mobile Reception
A petition to fix Somerville and surrounds Mobile Reception
The Shadow Minister for Communications, the Hon David Coleman MP, recently visited Somerville to see first-hand the poor mobile reception in the Somerville area. The Shadow Minister joined me on Wednesday 28 May 2023 to tour some of the most troublesome blackspots, meet with community groups and the Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor, Cr Steve Holland.
Our first stop was the Western Port Caravan Park on Lumeah Road in Somerville, where we met with the owner, Jane, who explained the impacts that poor mobile reception has on business, the residents and visitors to the Park, and the health and safety concerns. Jane’s concerns were on full display when the Shadow Minister tried to open a map on his phone, only to realise he had no reception.
We also met with the Somerville Business Group, who explained the concerns that poor mobile reception has on local businesses, particularly those that operate from home. This of course also affects students studying at home, and the ability for locals to access information, social media and make calls.
I would like to thank Eric Collier who attended the meeting and presented data that he had gathered online. The data paints a very clear picture of the reception issues we face in Somerville and was invaluable in demonstrating the need for further investment, particularly east of Jones Road.
Me and my team, in conjunction with the Shadow Minister’s office, are liaising with the various Telcos and the Federal Government, to pursue a pathway to address the reception issues in Somerville.
I am keen to hear your thoughts on this issue. What would you like to see done to improve mobile reception in Somerville?
Send me an email at Zoe.McKenzie.MP@aph.gov.au or call 03 5977 9082 to share your thoughts.