The Federal Government is calling on mobile black spot nominations from local, territory and state governments, as well as Federal Members of Parliament, to identify locations for the next round of the $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.
Round 4 of the program was announced in June this year with the Government investing $25 million to eliminate mobile black spots in regional Australia.
Minister for Regional Services, Senator Bridget McKenzie, said this next round affirms the Coalition’s commitment to delivering 21st century communications in the regions and will deliver real benefits for our communities.
“We’re taking a targeted approach this time around to deliver a clear economic benefit. We are calling on state, territory and local governments, as well as our parliamentary colleagues, to nominate mobile black spot areas in their region where economic as well as social benefits can be realised,” Minister McKenzie said.
“Round 4 will also target improved mobile coverage for medical, educational and emergency services facilities, as well as along key transport routes and in towns that experience seasonal demand due to tourism.”
The program has seen more than 600 of the total 867 base stations already delivered across the country under the first three rounds of the program. More than $680 million has been generated in co-investment from state and local governments, carriers, businesses and local communities.
Local communities are encouraged to get in touch with their Federal Member of Parliament or local council to nominate mobile black spot locations.
The Government will soon call for applications from carriers to be selected through a competitive process. For more information on the program visit: www.communications.gov.au/mbsp