A re-elected majority Liberal Government will deliver near 100 per cent mobile phone coverage along the Great Eastern Drive between Binalong Bay and Buckland.
The Great Eastern Drive is a major tourism and transport route, and used by more than 33,000 vehicles each day.
If re-elected we will seek to collaborate with a telecommunications provider to increase mobile coverage to at least 95 per cent of the highway, providing better opportunities for communities, businesses, access for tourists and general safety.
We would contribute up to 50 per cent of the estimated $7 million cost for the expansion which will use around nine base stations.
Currently about 25 per cent of the highway has little or negligible mobile coverage and such a project would eliminate the notorious blackspot between Buckland and Orford.
For local residents, it would improve coverage in several small towns along the drive including Four Mile Creek and Falmouth, which have little to no mobile coverage.
Expanded mobile coverage would allow the expansion of the Government’s free WiFi network along one of Tasmania’s most popular tourist routes.
This limited coverage impacts both tourists and locals – tourists are unable to look up information or share their experiences on social media, and residents are unable to do the basics like pay a bill or download information for a school project.
The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to protecting and improving the Tasmanian way of life and this project will not only improve the quality of life for locals on the East coast, it will also greatly enhance the experience of visitors.