The Nationals WA have today announced a $100 million package to boost mobile and internet networks in regional WA.
The commitment will continue investing in eradicating more mobile black spots, increasing access to high-speed broadband and improving resilience during power outage and natural disaster.
Leader and spokesperson for Regional Development Mia Davies said the announcement builds on The Nationals strong track record of delivering improved connectivity in our regions through Royalties for Regions, expanding mobile coverage by more than 30 per cent through a $105 million investment in almost 350 new base stations.
“Expansion of the current network is critical to address the digital divide across regional and remote WA” Ms Davies said.
“We’ve seen how well telehealth can be utilised but there is so much more potential for people to live, work and love regional Western Australia when the regions are better connected with telecommunications.”
“Eliminating mobile blackspots and finding innovative last mile solutions will better connect the regions businesses and families.”
A major part of the policy is the commitment of $20 million towards working with network operators to identify and prioritise critical infrastructure solutions to increase network resilience – especially in the event of a power disruptions often occurring in emergencies.
Hon Martin Aldridge MLC, regional communications spokesperson, said that the Labor Government had failed to maintain pace with technological change and the increasing demand for investment to provide the networks of the future.
“When The Nationals came to government in 2008, people standing in the main street of towns in my electorate with a mobile phone could not get a signal.” Mr Aldridge said.
“Digital infrastructure is as important today as the development of water and power networks one hundred years ago.”
“A vote for the Nationals this election means better investment and a better future for communication networks across regional and remote WA.”
Member for Moore and Deputy Leader of The Nationals, Shane Love MLA today launched the policy in Port Gregory, a community in desperate need of a solution to address communication deficiencies.
“I have been acutely aware of the poor service in Port Gregory and it’s time to address this issue. Our plan will ensure communities like Port Gregory in the Mid West no longer need to beg for basic services such as having a mobile phone that works especially in an emergency.” Mr Love said.