Help the Ranges get connected


Oliver Lees

Macedon Ranges council is seeking feedback from the community to improve mobile and broadband connection across the shire.

The feedback will assist the state government’s Connecting Victoria program, which includes a $550 million investment to improve connectivity across the state.

The project will focus on providing business-grade broadband and upgrading mobile coverage, as well improving 4G and extending 5G connectivity.

Macedon Ranges council chief executive Bernie O’Sullivan said the pandemic had demonstrated the community’s dependency on reliable online connection.

“Council encourages businesses and community members to let the Victorian government know about their telecommunications experiences and improvements they would like to see,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

“The more residents and businesses that complete this survey and tell the Victorian government where telecommunications services are needed, the better.”

Councillor Dominic Bonanno urged residents to have their say, citing his own troubles with consistent mobile coverage.

“This will help gather local data that will be used to advocate for improved internet speeds, coverage and reliability across the shire,” Cr Bonanno said.

The first areas to be listed as priorities for the state government project will be announced later in the year.

Feedback will be accepted until September 20.