Ministers for the Department of Communications and the Arts

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

Minister for Communications

Minister for the Arts

Manager of Government Business in the Senate

Black spot nomination deadline extended

22 December 2015

The Government today announced the deadline for public nominations for round 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Programme has been extended from 31 December 2015 to 15 January 2016.

The new closing date will ensure individuals and community groups have enough time to get their nominations in after the festive season and reflects the significant demand for improved mobile coverage in rural, regional and remote Australia.

Under round 2 of the programme, the Government will commit $60 million to improve mobile coverage in areas reported as having poor or no mobile coverage by the community.

This is on top of the $100 million investment in round 1, which has already seen the first of 499 new and upgraded mobile base stations in regional and remote Australia start to roll out. 

A map of the regional mobile black spot locations and locations which will receive mobile base stations under round 1 is available at http://nationalmap.gov.au/

Nominations for round 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Programme can be made online at www.communications.gov.au/blackspots

Media contact: Justine Sywak | 0448 448 487 | Justine.Sywak@communications.gov.au

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