MacKillop priorities signalled

Improved mobile phone coverage in regional areas will be a priority for re-elected Member for MacKillop Nick McBride.

He used his first speech of the 2022-26 parliamentary term to focus on relevant issues affecting his expanded electorate.

“It is well recognised and we hear it all the time, that when tourists come into our region from Adelaide, they are used to a fast mobile network that works basically all the time,” Mr McBride said.

“I will give you a little example: they rock on down to Beachport.

“Little Beachport is a town of around 500 during winter, which probably swells to 5000 to 10,000 during the Christmas-New Year period.

“The mobile telephone network cannot cope with that influx of tourism.

“You will be on the phone and dropping out.

“You will drop out all the time because of everyone else’s phone and their data is fighting to compete for the lack of infrastructure at Beachport.

“I will continue to advocate for more mobile phone coverage out into the regions.”

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