17 September 2018
Communities to nominate local mobile phone blackspots
The Coalition Government has re-opened the Mobile Black Spot Program’s Database of Reported Black Spot Locations for new nominations from state and local governments, and Federal Members of Parliament.
Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien is encouraging residents to identify mobile phone black spot locations in their area to help inform the rollout of the next round of the Coalition’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.
“The nomination period is open until 11th October and I strongly encourage all residents in the Wide Bay electorate to contact my office as soon as possible and nominate any mobile black spots in our community,” said Mr O’Brien.
“I made an election commitment to deliver improved mobile phone reception in Wide Bay, and I am pleased to confirm that the Coalition Government is working towards this goal.
“This presents a real opportunity for our Wide Bay community to have their say on mobile black spots and encourage mobile operators to invest in our area through the Program.”
“The nominations will support round 4 of the program which will look to provide new or improved mobile coverage in areas where there are clear economic and social benefits,”
“Round 4 will also look to target medical, educational and emergency services facilities, as well as along key transport routes and in towns that experience seasonal demand due to tourism,” Mr O’Brien said.
The Coalition will invest $25 million to deliver round 4 of the program and will soon call for applications from carriers to be selected through a competitive process. The Coalition is also calling for nominations from state and territory governments.
For more information on the program visit: www.communications.gov.au/mbsp