Coalition delivers new mobile coverage to the Territory

15 locations in the NT will receive new mobile base stations to improve mobile coverage under round 2 of the Coalition Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, announced today.

“I’m so pleased to announce new coverage for many parts of the Northern Territory including Minjilang, Cape Crawford, Devils Marbles Hotel, Kings Canyon Resort, Kings Creek Station, Stuarts Well Roadhouse, Mary River Roadhouse, Victoria River Roadhouse and Gem Tree with new stations now complete and operational,” Senator Scullion said.

“Litchfield National Park will see improved coverage in 2018 from round 2 towers being built at Wangi Falls, Florence Falls and Litchfield Ranger Station.”

Other base stations under round 2 of the programme for the NT include: :

  • Aurora Kakadu
  • Bark Hut Inn
  • Bynoe
  • Chinner Road, Lake Bennett

“Round 2 of the Coalition’s Mobile Black Spots Programme will deliver new or upgraded coverage to 6500 homes and business across 17,500 square kilometres via 266 new or upgraded towers. This includes 1900 kilometres of major transport routes.

“Labor did not help build a single mobile phone tower nor invest a single cent in mobile coverage in six years of Government. I’m proud to be delivering better mobile coverage for the Territory.”

Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield praised the Programme.

“In total, Rounds 1 and 2 of the Coalition’s Programme will deliver new coverage to 32,000 homes and businesses across 86,000 square kilometres including 7600 of major transport routes via 765 new mobile phone towers,” Minister Fifield said.

“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and better mobile phone coverage is a big part of that.”

Senator Scullion said including co-contributions from carriers and state governments, round 2 represents a total new investment of $213 million towards improved mobile coverage.

The locations for round 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Program were selected following an appeal to the public to nominate black spots.

These locations were entered into the national map which was provided to mobile network providers to assist them to develop funding applications. These were assessed against the programme guidelines by the Department of Communications and the Minister accepted the Department’s recommendations without change.

“The new base stations in the NT are due to the efforts of the community in identifying black spot locations and advocating for them to be fixed,” Senator Scullion said.

The locations of all of the 266 base stations can be found on the national map at www.nationalmap.gov.au.

More information about the Coalition Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme can be found at www.communications.gov.au/mbsp.