Telecommunications

National broadband rollout

In October 2015 NBN Co. announced the following locations would receive fibre to the node: Gisborne, New Gisborne, Kyneton, Macedon, Lancefield, Romsey, Riddells Creek and Woodend. 

Sixteen locations have also been identified for fixed wireless towers and installation of the infrastructure is progressing well.

Those more remote areas of the shire that will not be serviced by fibre to the node or fixed wireless towers will have the opportunity to access the Sky Muster satellite service.

 Check your address to find out if the NBN network will be available at your home or business and for further information contact NBN Co. on 1800 687 626 or visit NBNCo.

Black Spots Program

Council responded to Round One and Two of the Federal Government Mobile Black Spot Programme which has resulted in a successful partnership with Telstra to install new telecommunications infrastructure in Pipers Creek and Lancefield/Benloch.

The federal government have now discontinued the black spot funding program so Council will continue its advocacy responsibilities by providing information and working in cooperation with all relevant stakeholders.

Local hot spots

As part of an Australia wide trial called Wi-Fi Nation, a public wireless internet spot is available via a Telstra pay phone on the corner of Hamilton and Aitken streets Gisborne. A free wireless connection is available for up to 30 minutes.

Research and advocacy

In 2014 Council undertook a register for telecommunications, mobile and internet connectivity throughout the shire. Over 650 responses were received and the impact of these black spots measured and presented in the report.

Council also partnered with Regional Development Australia (RDA) as part of the Loddon Mallee digital project, to produce a device tested report in 61 locations throughout the Shire assessing mobile connectivity.

Telecommunications and health

Information on mobile devices, towers and the relationship to health can be found at:

Contact

To register to receive ongoing communication about telecommunications in the Macedon Ranges, contact Economic Development & Tourism on 5421 9616 or email ecodevadmin@mrsc.vic.gov.au