Minister for Regional Communications, Senator Bridget McKenzie, and Queensland Senator James McGrath have announced the outcomes in Longman from the Priority Locations round of the Liberal National Government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.
This announcement delivers on the Government’s commitment to address the coverage issues identified at Beachmere, Donnybrook, Ningi, Sandstone Point and Meldale.
106 priority locations across Australia will benefit from improved mobile phone coverage. Optus, Telstra and Vodafone will build 102 new base stations under the Priority Location round. In addition, the carriers have commercial plans for new base stations that will further address mobile black spot issues in a number of the identified locations.
Senator James McGrath said the new coverage would open new doors for local businesses and the community, enabling them to access the same mobile services as those in major cities.
“The Government’s Mobile Black Spot program is already delivering new or improved coverage to three sites across Mount Mee, Bellthorpe Range Road and Stanmore through the first two rounds of the program, which will see local businesses and residents in the area benefit from access to 21st century communications,” Senator McGrath said.
“Beachmere, Donnybrook, Ningi and Sandstone Point were announced as locations that would be receiving improved mobile coverage under the Priority Locations Round on 22 November 2017 and it is fantastic to see the Government delivering on its promises for the community.
“Despite being in Government for six years, Labor did not invest a single dollar into improving mobile coverage.
“The previous Labor Government did nothing to fix any black spots, and nor have Susan Lamb and Labor committed to the ongoing rollout of the Mobile Blackspot Program.”
Minister for Regional Communications, Bridget McKenzie said construction of the new mobile phone towers will get underway soon.
“We’ve committed $220 million to improve mobile black spots across our vast country. $60 million of this funding is targeting priority black spot areas with poor or no mobile coverage, like in Longman,” Minister McKenzie said.
“Only the Coalition understands the importance of modern telecommunications for our regional communities, and has implemented a plan to deliver. I’m excited to reach this next milestone of the Mobile Black Spot Program and look forward to seeing the first base stations under this round completed later this year.”
The Coalition Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program is improving mobile coverage across Australia including along major regional transport routes, in small communities and at identified priority locations. More than 456 locations across Australia have already received new or improved coverage through rounds 1 and 2 of the program.
The base station rollout schedules for all three rounds of the program will be available on the Telstra, Optus and Vodafone websites.
More information about the program and a list of the priority locations is available at: communications.gov.au/mbsp