Joint Media Release with Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie and Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
Territorians can now look forward to improved mobile phone coverage thanks to the Coalition Government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.
Minister for Regional Services Bridget McKenzie and Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion today announced the location of 12 new base stations for the Territory under the fourth round of the program.
The new base stations will be in Tobermorey, Chambers Pillar, Devils Marbles, Larrimah, Palm Valley, Dunmura Wayside Inn, Arltunga Vc, Trephina Gorge East, Trephina Gorge West, Ellery Creek Big Hole, Edith Falls and Shady Camp.
“It is important to help keep tourists and everyone who enjoys our wonderful Territory outdoor lifestyle with fishing and camping to be able to stay in touch so great to see there will be improved mobile coverage at places such as Edith Falls, Shady Camp, Devils Marbles, Palm Valley and Trephina Gorge National Park,” Senator Scullion said.
CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, said Under Round 4 of the program, $4.5 million will be invested in mobile infrastructure in Northern Territory. This includes, $2.2 million funding from the Commonwealth.
“I’m thrilled that Territorians and NT businesses can now enjoy the benefits and opportunities that improved mobile connectivity brings,” Ms Price said.
“Improved mobile coverage will help keep our businesses connected, our families to stay in touch and it means we can better access health and online services on the go.”
Minister McKenzie said the announcement of successful Round 4 base stations means 1047 base stations are being delivered under the Mobile Black Spot Program.
“This reaffirms our commitment to delivering 21st century connectivity to our regions and will benefit thousands of Australians.”
“Our continued investment in mobile phone infrastructure is proof that we are focused on connecting all Australians no matter where they live,” Minister McKenzie said. The Mobile Black Spot Program enables mobile carriers to service areas where it would otherwise not be commercially viable. So far the program is generating over $760 million of new investment including contributions from state and local governments, mobile network operators, businesses and local communities.
Base stations under the first three rounds are expected 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.
More information about the program is available at: communications.gov.au/mbsp