Victorians will benefit from improved mobile coverage and more reliable communications under Round 4 of the Liberal and Nationals Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.
Minister for Regional Services and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie today announced the locations of 32 new base stations in Victoria, improving mobile coverage in regional and remote communities.
The new sites include base stations at Chum Creek, Bealiba, Licola and Toolleen.
“Reliable and effective mobile communications are a key driver of the enormous contribution that our regions make to Australia’s economic growth,” said Minister McKenzie.
“Greater availability of mobile services is a big deal. It means staying safe in remote areas, keeping in contact with family and friends, unlocking access to online health and education services as well as increased tourism and business opportunities.”
Under Round 4 of the program, $21.7 million will be invested in mobile infrastructure in Victoria. This includes $6.5 million funding from the Commonwealth and $5.8 million from the Victorian Government.
The Mobile Black Spot Program is delivering 1047 new base stations and generating over $760 million of new investment in mobile infrastructure including contributions from state and local governments, mobile network operators, businesses and local communities.
Base stations under the first three rounds are scheduled to be operational by
30 June 2019. Round 4 base stations are expected to roll out shortly with the first new base stations being activated by the second half of the year.
The list of new Victorian locations is below. For further details on Round 4 visit: www.communications.gov.au/mbsp
Jonathan Hawkes: 0434 660 801
List of Round 4 Mobile Black Spot locations in Victoria
|Site Name||State||Carrier||Site Name||State||Carrier|
|Calder Highway (Site 1)||VIC||Optus|
|Grampians Rd (Halls Gap To Dunkeld)||VIC||Telstra|
|Lima South (Midland Highway)||VIC||Telstra|