Published on 12 January 2022
Moyne Shire Council CEO Bill Millard has written to Telstra’s regional general manager in relation to the landline and internet outage at Peterborough.
Mr Millard said Council was concerned about the impacts the outage was having on residents without access to mobile phones, on businesses and the potential impact on emergency response in the bushfire prone community.
“Peterborough is a key summer tourism destination within the Moyne Shire. With a larger number of people in the community at the moment, we have deep concerns that the outage could potentially restrict any emergency response over the coming days when warm temperatures, strong winds and thunderstorms are forecast,” Mr Millard wrote.
“For this community to be disconnected for up to two weeks is unacceptable and Moyne Shire Council urges you to ensure the problem is rectified as soon as possible.”
Mr Millard also raised issues with mobile phone reception issues in Port Fairy over the summer season and asked that Telstra consider solutions to ease pressure on the network,
“It causes a great deal of frustration for residents, visitors and businesses,” he said.
Federal Member for Wannon Dan Tehan and State Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell were also provided a copy of the letter.
“Council remains committed to working with Governments and telecommunications providers to support improvements to network services across Moyne and have been very active in the space.”