Member for Western Victoria
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party

Mobile coverage on regional trains

My question is to the Minister for Public Transport. I recently received some correspondence from a constituent who commutes several times a week from Ballarat to work in Melbourne. Having recently moved from Melbourne to Ballarat, she was surprised that no wi-fi was available on the train and that mobile coverage was poor to zero for about half the journey. In supporting decentralisation, it is essential that such key regional train lines have adequate communications coverage for the full journey. We should also consider that the 2026 Commonwealth Games will be held in key Victorian regional cities, including Ballarat. These cities will host a high number of visitors, many of them from overseas, and it would be an embarrassment for Victoria if these visitors experienced the same communication blackspots as reported by my constituent. Minister, what is the government doing to provide effective and continuous wi-fi on all regional trains?


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