Joint Media Release with Minister for Regional Services Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie and Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
Residents of Mt Liebig will now benefit from improved mobile coverage thanks to the switching on of a new mobile base station under the Coalition Government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Programme.
Minister for Regional Services Bridget McKenzie, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price have welcomed the switch on of a new mobile base station at Mt Liebig in Central Australia.
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 Mt Liebig base station is now switched on which means new and improved coverage for the MacDonnell Ranges region,” Senator Scullion said.
Ms Price said the new base station would deliver better connectivity for residents and businesses in the MacDonnell Ranges area.
“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 programme is reaching more and more communities across the country, like Mt Liebig .
The Mobile Black Spot Programme is enabling mobile carriers to service areas like Mt Liebig where it would otherwise not have been economically viable.
Nominations for mobile back spot locations are closing soon with the Coalition Government re-opening the Mobile Black Spot Programme’s Database of Reported Black Spot Locations for new nominations from state and local governments, and Federal Members of Parliament.
Senator Scullion said Territorians are strongly encouraged to nominate mobile phone black spot locations in their area to help inform the rollout of the next round of the Mobile Black Spot Programme.
“The database is closing on 11 October 2018 and I strongly encourage Territorians to contact my office as soon as possible to nominate any mobile phone black spots in our community,” Senator Scullion said.
“This presents a real opportunity for Territorians to have their say on problem mobile black spots and encourage mobile operators to invest in our area through the Programme.
Mrs Price said the nominations would support Round 4 of the programme which would look to provide new or improved mobile coverage in areas where there are clear economic and social benefits.
“Round 4 will also look to target medical, educational and emergency services facilities, as well as along key transport routes and in towns that experience seasonal demand due to tourism.
“The Coalition will invest $25 million to deliver round 4 of the programme and will soon call for applications from carriers to be selected through a competitive process.
For more information on the programme visit: www.communications.gov.au/mbsp