A PROMISE to boost mobile phone coverage has left many farmers disappointed.
After lobbying for more than a decade, landholders at Wantabadgery were successful in gaining financial backing for a mobile phone tower in the Mobile Black Spot Program last year.
However, since being built, local farmer Tony Clough said the tower has made little-to-no difference for people living just a short distance away from the new infrastructure.
He believes the poor signal comes down to the location of the mobile phone tower, which has been built on the outskirts of the village, near McDonalds Lane.
"I am grateful that we have something for the community, but the feedback I am hearing from other farmers is that the tower has done nothing for them," he said.
"I wished they looked at the bigger picture when choosing the location because it is taxpayers money and we should make sure the large community gets good value and at this stage we haven't and that's disappointing."
Mr Clough has been a strong advocate for the project since the start, but does not feel like he will continue the fight for better signal.
"I feel done and dusted," he said. "If there was a real possibility of getting another tower near the Gundagai Road I might though."
June Shire Council mayor Neil Smith said the council was disappointed in the tower's location because many farmers - mostly in the northern end of the catchment - have missed out.
"The tower was installed based on the ease of getting to, and from the site and getting power to it," he said. "The council suggested a better site, but the suggestions were ignored.
"While it is great we have additional service for the village, the farmers are left without."
A Telstra spokeswoman said the mobile base station at Wantabadgery is providing coverage to areas which was identified as part of the Mobile Black Spots Program initiatives and guidelines.