Ministers for the Department of Communications and the Arts

Senator the Hon Fiona Nash

Minister for Regional Communications

Deputy Leader of the Nationals

Mobile Black Spot Program helping families connect this Christmas

22 December 2016

  • 15 new mobile base stations activated before Christmas
  • New coverage areas in NSW, Qld, Vic and WA

Fifteen new mobile base stations have been switched on in time for Christmas under the Coalition Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.

The new base stations have been constructed at Nethercote, Nerriga, Bentley and Coffee Camp in New South Wales, Coalstoun Lakes, Somerset Dam, Adavale and Glastonbury in Queensland, Minyip and Marnoo in Victoria and Rosa Brook, Yandanooka, Perillup, Coomberdale and between Carrabin and Bodallin on the Great Eastern Highway in Western Australia.

Minister for Regional Communications Fiona Nash announced the completion of the base stations delivered under round 1 of the Coalition Government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.

“These mobile base stations will allow families and friends to call and connect during Christmas,” Minister Nash said.

“Through our program, the government has invested in the construction of mobile base stations in rural and regional communities and along transport routes where they otherwise would not have been built.”

Under round 1 of the Program, the Coalition Government committed $100 million to improve mobile coverage across regional and remote Australia. It will see 499 new and upgraded mobile phone base stations built to improve mobile coverage in regional and remote Australia.

On 1 December 2016, the Coalition Government announced that round 2 of the program will deliver a further 266 new and upgraded mobile base stations across the country. Round 2 will see a total of $213 million being invested in new mobile base station infrastructure. A further $60 million has also been allocated to round 3 of the program.

Across both rounds, the Coalition is delivering new mobile coverage to 31,000 homes and businesses across 86,000 square kilometres through 765 new mobile phone towers.

Further information is available at www.communications.gov.au/mbsp

Media Contact: Whil Prendergast | 0427 672 815 | whilemina.prendergast@regional.gov.au

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