Mobile service improvements on the cards


Ash Bolt

Armstrong Creek could be seeing its mobile service improve soon, with two telcos fast-tracking plans for new mobile towers in the area.

Improving mobile phone coverage in Armstrong Creek has been a focus of Corangamite MP Libby Coker, who started a petition earlier this year after being inundated with complaints from residents.

She also held a virtual community meeting in October and raised the issue in parliament after meeting with representatives from the three major telcos.

Ms Coker said she had since received positive news from the campaign.

“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,” she 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 west 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.

“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.”