Shane Love says regional mobile coverage fails expectations

Moore MLA Shane Love attended The Nationals federal conference late last month where policy motions of importance to Moore residents and other regional voters were put forward.

MOORE MLA Shane Love is pleased the voters in Moore have given him the opportunity to represent them in Parliament again but says it is daunting to be one of only six members of the assembly to not be from WA Labor.

On a two-party preferred basis Mr Love was returned after winning 58.5 per cent of the vote while WA Labor’s Barni Norton secured 41.5 per cent.

Mr Love was among those who attended The Nationals federal conference late last month where policy motions put forward by WA Nationals of importance to Moore residents included improving mobile coverage in regional areas and streamlining visas to get workers into agricultural areas, including strawberry and carrot farms in the Shire of Gingin.

Mr Love said mobile coverage needed improving in Moore as with the old towers a few hours after the power went out there was no coverage.

Another problem is that since nbn once the power goes out people lose their landlines and in some circumstances this could be a safety issue for older people.

Standalone tower systems are needed so they can keep going when the power goes out.

He said Ledge Point, where the tower was positioned to provide highway coverage and not the town, was one example where people in Moore had to put up with communication systems that did not meet expectations.

To fix it a local repeater or a small cell system was necessary in the town.

In Moore Grace Darling Park in Lancelin, Ledge Point, Seabird foreshore, Wedge, Grey, Cervantes, Horrocks foreshore and Grannies beach in Port Denison have all been named as erosion hotspots.

Mr Love said whether residents contacted him about the coastal erosion hotspots in Moore depended on how close those hotspots were to their residences or businesses.

He said in Lancelin the erosion issues were not resolved as different groups put forward different solutions to the assets being affected – some wanted those assets protected while others favoured retreating and/or moving assets.

The caravan park, where there had been a big investment, was not far off from being affected so the whole issue was complex.

In Seabird he said there was the sea wall but longer-term issues still needed to be addressed.

At Grannies beach the issue was being dealt with but while the work was ongoing it was a bit of an impost.

“The shire there could do with some financial assistance as do all the local governments,’’ he said.

“The whole state government needs to get behind the issue of coastal erosion instead of things just getting thrown back to local governments.’’

Meanwhile, the WA Electoral Commission finished counting for the Agricultural region on Thursday, April 1 with The Nationals’ Colin de Grussa claiming second spot and Martin Aldridge filling the sixth spot.