The Turnbull Government will address more mobile service blackspots across the region with a $25 million commitment for a fourth round of the Mobile Black Spot Program.
Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen MP said the program would deliver better mobile coverage to regional and remote communities.
“This new round demonstrates the Coalition’s commitment to ensuring regional Australians have access to 21st century communications, including many semi-rural areas in my electorate of Forde,” Mr van Manen said.
“This program has already improved mobile phone coverage to a number of suburbs in my electorate including Cedar Creek, North Maclean and Wongawallan.
“This new round will enable more of our communities to take advantage of the social and economic benefits that 21st century communications can provide.
“I encourage local residents, businesses and community organisations to engage with their state and local governments through the consultation process to enhance coverage outcomes in Forde.”
Minister for Rural Health, Sport and Regional Communications Senator Bridget McKenzie said the new Mobile Black Spot Program round would ensure regional Australians weren’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