Joint Media Release with Minister For Regional Communications Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, has welcomed the Turnbull Government’s plan to address more mobile service blackspots across rural and regional NT.
The Turnbull Government is committing $25 million for a fourth round of the Mobile Black Spot Programme, delivering more coverage to regional and remote communities.
Senator Scullion said the new round demonstrates the CLPs commitment to ensuring regional Australians have access to 21st century communications and stand in contrast to Labor who failed to invest a single cent into regional mobile services.
“This announcement is great news for those living, working and travelling throughout the Northern Territory,” Senator Scullion said.
“The Coalition’s Mobile Black Spot Programme is ensuring more regional communities have access to reliable mobile coverage. This new round will enable more of our communities to take advantage of the social and economic benefits that 21st century communications can provide.”
“I encourage local residents, businesses and community organisations to engage with the NT Government and local councils or shires through the consultation process, to enhance coverage outcomes in the Northern Territory.”
Minister for Regional Communications, Bridget McKenzie, said the new Mobile Black Spot Programme round will ensure regional Australians aren’t left behind.
“The new round will call for applications from mobile carriers within the coming months, taking input from state, territory and local governments, as well as businesses, community organisations and emergency services,” Minister McKenzie said.
“The Mobile Black Spot Programme is already over halfway complete and is on track to deliver 867 base stations nationwide by June 2019.”
The competitive selection process for round four of the program is expected to commence in the second half of 2018.
More information about the programme is available at: www.communications.gov.au/mbsp