Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, is today encouraging Territory community organisations and local businesses to consider applying for round four of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme (MBSP).
The CLP knows and understands that greater access to mobile services in rural and regional Australia improve the ability to keep in contact with family and friends; allow better access by farmers to online services and help local businesses grow by making these areas more attractive to tourists.
The MBSP encourages the mobile telecommunications industry and state and local governments to work together to address mobile black spots across regional and remote Australia.
Senator Scullion said today that improved mobile coverage improves connectivity in the remote areas of the Northern Territory and supports small businesses.
“As Territorians who experience the tyranny of distance and the challenges of the wet season know only too well, more reliable mobile coverage is critical to staying connected with family and friends as well as respond to natural disasters,” Senator Scullion said.
“More mobile base stations in the regions also benefit local small businesses by making these areas more attractive to tourists and allow access to information while on the road.”
Round four of the programme is backed up by a $25 million investment and builds on the 867 base stations already being delivered across regional Australia.
“We can no longer accept that those living and visiting the Territory’s regions shouldn’t have access to reliable mobile services,” Senator Scullion said.
“The Country Liberals are committed to growing the economic strength of our regions, creating local jobs and building stronger communities.”
For more information visit: www.communications.gov.au/mbsp