Carole Gamble, Mullumbimby Creek
State and federal elections are looming early next year and hopeful incumbents are jockeying for position in both seats.
There is an obvious concentration of ‘pork barrelling’ happening, but an issue of great importance is the appalling state of phone communication in many parts of our region. We only ever have one ‘bar’ on our mobiles and currently we have had no landline for the past six days.
Daily calls to Telstra take approximately 45 minutes each and we are told each time that it will be restored by 7pm tonight.
The issue is aged infrastructure, lack of Telstra technicians, and this one ‘may be connected to NBN installations in the area and at the exchange’.
Clearly we need local members to improve our lot as individual begging, pleading, and sometimes yelling achieves nothing with the giant Telstra.
No communications possible with the outside world in 2019 could be catastrophic for us and others unless pressure is brought to bear!
Happy New Year, aspiring politicians. Please advocate on our regional behalf.