FUNDING WISH: Jenni Smith is hoping for mobile service in Dingo.
FUNDING WISH: Jenni Smith is hoping for mobile service in Dingo. File

Phone coverage keeps farmer in dark

WITH technology changing at a rapid rate, the gains to agriculture are exponential but poor phone reception is leaving producers behind.

Mark Driscoll of Bauhinia Downs said it was "very frustrating".

"It affects the whole district of Bauhinia," Mr Driscoll said.

"When you're on the phone, you step two feet to the left, it drops out."

He said safety was an obvious concern for the Bauhinia community.

"Safety is a matter of timing," Mr Driscoll said.

"The quicker you get the patient to hospital, the better the chance of positive results."

It also affected graziers ability to conduct business, he said.

"In the cattle yard, you don't get reception," he said. "So you'll have to drive 10 or 15 kilometres to return a call."

Mr Driscoll said that things had not improved in the last couple of years.

"Wireless internet is also a problem," he said.


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