Joint media release with Minister for Regional Communications Fiona Nash
Mobile telephone coverage in Lingiari will be significantly improved, thanks to a $6.1 million investment in 15 new or upgraded mobile base stations across the electorate.
The Coalition Government is contributing $2.1 million for the investment under round two of its Mobile Black Spot Programme. The balance is being provided by co-investors.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the improved mobile coverage would be welcomed by residents and businesses.
“Thanks to round two of the Mobile Black Spots Programme, new or improved coverage will be provided to an additional 15 locations in the Northern Territory,” Senator Scullion said.
“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 to the Northern Territory.”
Minister for Regional Communications Fiona Nash praised the programme.
“In total, rounds one and two 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 Nash 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.”
The locations for round two of the programme were selected following an appeal to the public to nominate black spots.
The 15 new or upgraded base stations across the Northern Territory are located at: Aurora Kakadu; Bark Hut Inn; Bynoe; Cape Crawford; Chinner Road, Lake Bennett; Devils Marbles Hotel; Florence Falls; Gem Tree; Kings Canyon Resort; Kings Creek Station; Litchfield Ranger Station; Mary River Roadhouse; Stuarts Well Roadhouse; Victoria River Roadhouse; Wangi Falls.
More information about the Coalition Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme can be found at www.communications.gov.au/mbsp.