MAYORS across the south-west will meet Telstra representatives in Warrnambool today seeking answers to the telecommunications disaster.
As communication services trickle back into use, Glenelg Shire mayor Karen Stephens said the public is demanding reassurances this won’t happen again.
“First of all we have to go right back to the beginning — to be left without emergency services is critical to the community and that’s the first question that has to be answered,” Cr Stephens said.
“We have areas here in the Glenelg Shire that don’t have mobile reception and now they don’t have landlines, so what are they going to do with those people, and that’s Merino and that’s Digby and that’s out at Wando Vale and north of Casterton.”
“We still don’t have email here in Casterton butBillMundy (Telstra spokesman), if you were in Melbourne and listening to what he was saying, you would think everything’s okay and as far as Melbourne is concerned, everything’s back online and that’s not true.”
Glenelg Shire Council will also write to Member for Wannon Dan Tehan and Communication Minister Stephen Conroy after Cr Geoff White moved a motion in urgent business at Tuesday night’s council meeting.
Cr White said the impact on small business needed to be addressed by the federal government.