Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie
Minister for Regional Communications
Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield
Minister for Communications and the Arts
Mr Ted O'Brien MP
Member for Fairfax
Residents in and around Dulong, Queensland are now benefiting from new and improved mobile coverage thanks to the Coalition Government's $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.
Federal Minister for Communications, Mitch Fifield joined the Federal Member for Fairfax, Ted O'Brien MP, for the launch of the upgraded base station.
Mr O'Brien said three mobile base stations were being deployed in the electorate of Fairfax.
'The Dulong base station is now switched on which means new and improved coverage for the region. Better connectivity will increase opportunities for local businesses to expand their customer base and a more reliable service means families can stay in touch more easily,' Mr O'Brien said.
'Kidaman Creek and Belli Park communities will likewise benefit from better, more reliable mobile coverage thanks to rounds 1 and 2 of this national program.'
The Dulong upgrade was delivered in partnership with Telstra.
'This Government is investing more in regional telecommunication infrastructure than ever before,' Minister Fifield said.
'The Mobile Black Spot Program has now delivered more than 570 base stations across our country and Dulong and its surrounds is one of the latest areas to be connected.'
Minister for Regional Communications, Senator Bridget McKenzie said this switch on was possible because the Coalition Government has committed to improving mobile coverage for regional Australia.
'This new infrastructure will enable those living in regional areas to connect with family and friends, participate in the digital economy and conduct business, as well as access important education and health services across the country,' Minister McKenzie said.
The total funding for Fairfax under the program is $1.78 million, including $663,275 in funding from the Australian Government.
The Government recently announced a new $25 million investment into the Mobile Black Spot Program funding towards a fourth round delivering improved mobile coverage to more regional and remote communities across Australia.
Round 4 of the program will target more regional and remote mobile black spots across Australia. Input will be sought from state, territory and local governments as well as community organisations and emergency services to address areas that provide strong economic or social benefits, including schools and hospitals.
The first three rounds of the Coalition's Mobile Black Spot Program is delivering 867 new and improved base stations nationwide and the rollout is now well over half way complete. Under Labor, not a single tower was built during their six years of government.
For more information on the program visit www.communications.gov.au/mbsp.