Ministers for the Department of Communications and the Arts

Senator the Hon Fiona Nash

Minister for Regional Communications

Deputy Leader of the Nationals

Coalition Government delivers 200th mobile phone tower

11 July 2017

  • 200th mobile base station switched on under the Coalition’s Mobile Black Spot Program
  • 765 new and improved base stations being delivered across rural, regional, remote Australia
  • Labor never built a single tower nor attempted to

Minister for Regional Communications Fiona Nash has welcomed the activation of the 200th mobile base station delivered under the Coalition’s Mobile Black Spot Program.

“The Mobile Black Spot Program has already changed the lives of so many Australians living in rural and remote areas across the country. I congratulate Telstra, Optus and Vodafone for reaching this milestone so quickly,” Minister Nash said.

“The pace of the Mobile Black Spots rollout is accelerating towards the total of 765 base stations with 41 sites activated across the country in June alone.

“I am delighted that the program is delivering mobile coverage to so many regional locations and small communities across the country from Wongamine in Western Australia to Mole Creek in Tasmania.

“Mobile data and phone coverage is a crucial part of our daily lives for education, business growth and keeping in contact with family and friends.

“The Mobile Black Spots Program will deliver coverage to 32,000 homes and businesses across 86,000 square kilometres.

“Labor delivered zero dollars, zero effort and zero mobile phone towers.”

The Coalition Government has committed $220 million to improving mobile coverage in regional and remote locations across Australia. State and local governments, mobile network operators (Telstra, Optus and Vodafone), businesses and community organisations have also contributed funding.

Rounds 1 and 2 of the program are delivering over $600 million in new investment in mobile infrastructure across regional and remote Australia.

For more information visit: www.communications.gov.au/mobile_coverage

Media contact: Les White | 0409 805 122 | les.white@regional.gov.au

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