| June 15, 2018

New round announced to eliminate mobile black spots

Federal Member for Murray, the Hon Damian Drum MP has welcomed the Federal Government’s plan to address more mobile service blackspots across the regions.

The Coalition Government is committing $25 million to a fourth round of the Mobile Black Spot Program, delivering more coverage to regional and remote communities.

Mr Drum said the new round demonstrates the Coalition’s commitment to ensuring regional Australians have access to 21st century communications.

“This announcement is great news for those living, working and travelling throughout Murray. There is a real need for better mobile service in areas across the electorate,” Mr Drum said.

“The Coalition’s Mobile Black Spot Program is ensuring more regional communities have access to reliable mobile coverage. This new round will enable more of our communities to take advantage of the social and economic benefits that 21st century communications can provide.”

“To get the best outcomes for our area I am encouraging everyone to prepare a submission for the consultation process which is expected to open in the second half of this year.”

“It is important to seek input from State Government, local Councils, local businesses and local organisations to provide the best chance of getting an upgrade in our local region,” Mr Drum said. 

“I’ll be campaigning hard to ensure we get funding for our areas that are in need of upgraded mobile reception.”

Minister McKenzie said the new Mobile Black Spot Program round will ensure regional Australians aren’t left behind.

“The new round will call for applications from mobile carriers within the coming months, taking input from state, territory and local governments, as well as businesses, community organisations and emergency services,” Minister McKenzie said.

“The Mobile Black Spot Program is already over halfway complete and is on track to deliver 867 base stations nationwide by June 2019.”

The competitive selection process for round four of the program is expected to commence in the second half of 2018.

More information about the program is available at: www.communications.gov.au/mbsp

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