Libs pledge support for blackspots if elected

Liberal candidate for Frome Kendall Jackson says fixing blackspots in Frome would be a priority if she wins the seat at this weekend's state election.
Liberal candidate for Frome Kendall Jackson says fixing blackspots in Frome would be a priority if she wins the seat at this weekend's state election.

Fixing mobile phone blackspots in the electorate of Frome will be a priority for Liberal Party candidate Kendall Jackson, if she wins the seat at this weekend’s state election.

Late in January, the Liberal Party pledged to invest $10 million to fix blackspots around South Australia.

Mrs Jackson said she had listened to the concerns of the electorate.

“The electorate of Frome and the Mid North region is littered with mobile black spots which hurt business productivity, are a safety risk in emergency situations and hurt tourism in our region,” she said.

“That’s why we are investing this money, to improve safety and boost business and farmer’s productivity to create more jobs. Residents from across the electorate from Rhynie, Koolunga, Hoyleton and Halbury through to Port Pirie have complained to me about mobile blackspots in their area.” 

Mrs Jackson said SA had not received its “fair share” of phone towers and called out Labor’s lack of investment in fixing the issue.

“This Labor Government propped up by Geoff Brock only spent around $1.5m as part of the federal government’s mobile phone blackspot program, compared with over $140m invested by other state governments,” she said.

Labor candidate Annette Elliot said that mobile coverage in Frome was a “deep concern”.

Independent candidate Geoff Brock, Greens candidate Paul Birkwood and Dignity Party candidate Cat Connor did not respond before deadline.