Government commits $60 million to Mobile Black Spot Programme

More mobile black spots across Australia will receive coverage if the Coalition is re-elected as part of an additional $60 million commitment to extend the successful Mobile Black Spot Programme according to the Member for Forrest Nola Marino.

“More new mobile base stations will bring a much-needed boost to mobile coverage, providing benefits to emergency service operators, businesses, and residents,” said Mrs Marino said.

“The Turnbull Coalition Government understands the importance of mobile coverage in regional and remote areas of Australia. That is why we are committing an additional $60 million on top of the $160 million already invested in mobile black spots, bringing the Coalition’s total investment to $220 million.”

“The active cooperation of mobile network operators in the Mobile Black Spot Programme has been strong, with 499 new or upgraded base stations covering around 3,000 black spots nation-wide already being rolled out under the Coalition Government.”

“This includes 14 new base stations to be rolled out in Forrest, which are expected to address 75 of the 106 nominated mobile black spots with handheld or external antenna coverage.”

Following the success of the Coalition’s initial $100 million investment, another $60 million funding round is already under way, with successful locations to be announced by the end of 2016. This means there are further opportunities to improve mobile coverage in Forrest.

“The previous Labor government did not spend one dollar on fixing mobile black spots in regional and remote Australia.”

“The Coalition’s $220 million plan to address mobile black spots will ensure regional and remote communities have access to wider and more reliable mobile phone coverage.” Mrs Marino said.

This is another example of the Coalition’s commitment to drive investment as part of our national economic plan for jobs and growth.