Victoria abandons federal mobile blackspots program to go it alone

Ms McGowan said she would work with the Victorian government to ensure its $11 million plan, designed to bypass the commonwealth program, would emphasis “a strong partnership between all levels of government”.

Mr Dalidakis said the federal government had failed to consult adequately and offered “a complete lack of transparency” about site choices. 

“We are putting regional Victoria first – helping people stay connected in their homes, at work and when they’re travelling.”

“I look forward to working with the Victorian government and confirming a process that avoids unnecessary duplication and emphasises a strong partnership between all levels of government and the community.”

On Wednesday, the state government announced it would be leaving the Commonwealth’s mobile black spots program, claiming tower sites were being chosen based on political benefits, not need.

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