The Nationals WA spokesperson for Regional Communications Hon Martin Aldridge MLC is calling on the community to identify and nominate mobile black spots for the next round of the $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.
Round 4 of the program was announced in June this year with the Federal Government investing $25 million to eliminate further mobile black spots in regional Australia.
Mr Aldridge said this next round of funding from the Federal Government will bring 21st century communications to the regions.
“I welcome this next round of funding, which will help deliver real benefits for our regional communities and business. This round will target improved mobile coverage for medical, educational and emergency services facilities, as well as along key transport routes and in towns that experience seasonal demand due to tourism,” Mr Aldridge said.
“The Federal Government are taking a targeted approach, which The Nationals WA has welcomed.
“Minister for Regional Services, Senator Bridget McKenzie have called on State and local governments, as well as our parliamentary colleagues, to nominate mobile black spot areas in their region where economic as well as social benefits can be realised.”
Local communities are encouraged to get in touch with their local council or Member of Parliament to nominate mobile black spot locations.
The first three rounds of the program have delivered more than 600 of the total 867 base stations across Australia. More than $680 million has been generated in co-investment from State and local governments, carriers, businesses and local communities, providing real benefits and connectivity to thousands of households and businesses across the nation.
Mr Aldridge is calling on the State Government to make funding available to partner with the Mobile Blackspot Program ensuring that Western Australia gets a fair share of the mobile base stations and improved coverage as a result.
For more information on the program visit www.communications.gov.au/mbsp