Joint Media Release with Federal LNP Candidate For Wide Bay Mr Llew O’Brien
Areas along the Wide Bay Highway will receive improved mobile phone coverage if the Coalition is re-elected as part of an additional $60 million commitment to extend the successful Mobile Black Spot Programme, Llew O’Brien, LNP Candidate for Wide Bay confirmed today.
Leader of The Nationals in the Senate and Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory Senator Nigel Scullion joined Llew O’Brien to make the announcement.
A new mobile base station along the Wide Bay Highway between Woolooga and Kilkivan in the South Burnett will bring a much-needed boost to mobile coverage, providing benefits to emergency service operators, businesses, and residents.
“The Coalition Government understands the importance of mobile coverage in regional and remote areas of Australia. That is why we are committing an additional $60 million on top of the $160 million already invested in mobile black spots, bringing the Coalition’s total investment to $220 million,” Mr O’Brien said.
“We have selected this area of the electorate because it has been overlooked by mobile network operators due to commercial factors. A re-elected Coalition government will invite mobile network operators to bid for this new funding to provide coverage in the identified location.
“As a police officer who served in the South Burnett, I understand the need to extend mobile phone coverage along the Wide Bay Highway to improve connectivity for local communities, emergency services and visitors to the region.”
The active cooperation of the industry in the Mobile Black Spots Programme to date has been strong with 499 new or upgraded base stations covering around 3,000 black spots already rolled out under Round 1 of the Coalition Government’s successful programme.”
Senator Nigel Scullion said the Coalition’s huge investments in rural mobile phone towers exposed Labor’s “do nothing” approach to this important issue.
“The Coalition is investing $220 million into fixing mobile black spots; in six years of government Labor invested $0. The Coalition is fixing 3,000 black spots in Round 1 alone of its Mobile Black Spots Programme; Labor fixed zero black spots. The black spots scorecard reads: Coalition $220 million and 3,000 black spots fixed so far; Labor $0 and zero black spots fixed,” Senator Scullion said.
The Coalition’s $220 million plan to address mobile black spots will ensure regional communities have better access to wider and more reliable mobile phone coverage.