Tickera residents are still suffering through their 20-year-long dark spell.
The community had planned to apply for Round 6 of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program, but with the new government yet to announce an application date or if they are even going to continue the program, that option is on hold.
The entire town remains a confirmed mobile blackspot despite lobbying efforts over the last two decades, and residents say the situation has become life-threatening for the elderly population, with many struggling to call the medical centre.
Locals met with Telstra representatives earlier this year about the issue, following which Telstra agreed to advocate for better coverage in the town but the construction of a new macro tower was estimated to cost more than $1 million.
CEO Maree Wauchope, says council plans to write to the Malinauskas Government for help in co-funding the new tower.
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey says over the last nine years 51 new macro towers had been built as part of the Mobile Black Spot Program, including three on the YP, and he hopes a new round will be announced soon.