Minister for Communications, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield and Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon James McGrath, have welcomed the commencement of the Coalition’s Priority Locations Round of the Mobile Black Spot Program, which will provide new or improved mobile coverage to Beachmere, Donnybrook, Ningi and Sandstone Point in the Longman electorate.

The Liberal National Coalition Government has committed $60 million to address 106 priority locations across the country that have been identified as having poor or no mobile coverage, on top of the 765 locations already being addressed under the first two rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program.

In the electorate of Longman, three mobile black spot locations are already being addressed under the first two rounds of the program, bringing new coverage to locations including Mount Mee, Bellthorpe Range Road and Stanmore.

Minister Fifield opened the priority round, calling on telecommunication companies to participate in a tender to build new towers and improve coverage in these locations.

“The Coalition continues to deliver more coverage to rural, regional and remote Australia,” Minister Fifield said.

“We’re already delivering 765 towers which will provide coverage for 32,000 homes and businesses, and now we’ll deliver coverage to even more regional Australians.”

The Coalition Government expects the tender process to be finalised by the end of the year, with the rollout of successful towers to commence early in 2018.

“It’s fantastic to see that our community in Longman is one step closer to receiving new and improved mobile coverage. I call on the telecommunications companies to give us their best tenders to deliver coverage to our area,” Senator James McGrath said.

The program guidelines for the Priority Locations round are available at: www.communications.gov.au/mbsp