Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari, Tina MacFarlane
More mobile black spots across Australia will receive coverage if the Coalition is re-elected as part of an additional $60 million commitment to extend the successful Mobile Black Spot Programme, Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari, Tina MacFarlane, announced today.
“More new mobile base stations will bring a much-needed boost to mobile coverage, providing benefits to emergency service operators, businesses, and residents,” Senator Scullion said
“The Turnbull 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.”
Ms MacFarlane said the active cooperation of mobile network operators in the Mobile Black Spot Programme has been strong, with 499 new or upgraded base stations covering around 3,000 black spots nation-wide already being rolled out under the Coalition Government.
“This includes five new base stations to be rolled out in Lingiari, which are expected to address nominated mobile black spots in Finke, Imanpa, Minjilang, Mt Liebig and Wallace Rockhole with handheld or external antenna coverage,” Ms MacFarlane said.
“Minjilang and Mt Liebig are expected to be commissioned in September with the others expected during 2017.”
Following the success of the Coalition’s initial $100 million investment, another $60 million funding round is already under way, with successful locations to be announced by the end of 2016. This means there are further opportunities to improve mobile coverage in Lingiari.
“The previous Labor government did not spend one dollar on fixing mobile black spots in regional and remote Australia.”
“The Coalition’s $220 million plan to address mobile black spots will ensure regional and remote communities have access to wider and more reliable mobile phone coverage,” Ms MacFarlane said.
This is another example of the Coalition’s commitment to drive investment as part of our national economic plan for jobs and growth.