Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Price
Residents of Batchelor/Lake Bennett will now benefit from improved mobile coverage thanks to the switch on of a new mobile base station under the Coalition Government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Programme.
Minister for Regional Communications Bridget McKenzie, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Price have welcomed the switch on of a new mobile base station on Chinner Road in Batchelor.
Senator Scullion said the new mobile base station was completed with Telstra and is the latest of 20 sites across the Northern Territory to receive new or improved mobile coverage under the programme.
“The Chinner Road base station is now switched on which means new and improved coverage for the Batchelor region,” Senator Scullion said.
Ms Price said the new base station would deliver better connectivity for residents and businesses in the Batchelor/Lake Bennett area.
“This will increase opportunities for local businesses to expand their customer base and a more reliable service means families can stay in touch more easily and tourists travelling in the region can also stay connected better,’ Ms Price 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 part of the Country Liberals delivering better mobile coverage for the Territory.”
Minister McKenzie said this switch on was possible because the Coalition Government has committed to improving mobile coverage for regional Australia.
“The Mobile Black Spot Programme is so important for our regions. This new infrastructure will enable those living in regional areas to participate in the digital economy and conduct business, as well as access important education and health services across the country,” Minister McKenzie said.
“It is delivering much needed new investment in mobile infrastructure across Australia to address mobile coverage issues.
“It’s fantastic to see that the program is reaching more and more communities across the country, like Batchelor.
The Mobile Black Spot Programme is enabling mobile carriers to service areas like Batchelor where it would otherwise not have been economically viable.
The Mobile Black Spot Program is delivering 867 new base stations over three rounds addressing black spots in every state and territory, bringing 21st century telecommunications to those living in regional Australia.
The Coalition is further delivering on its commitment to improve mobile coverage, with a further $25 million committed to a fourth round of the Program.
More information about the program and the rollout schedule is available at: www.communications.gov.au/mbsp