Mark Coulton, Member for the Parkes electorate, has announced that the Federal Government will invest in addressing more mobile service black spots across the region.
The Coalition is committing $25 million for a fourth round of the Mobile Black Spot Program, which will boost mobile phone coverage within regional and remote communities.
“Further funding to address mobile black spots is great news for those living, working and travelling throughout the Parkes electorate,” Mr Coulton said.
“I aim to help build communities that are attractive to our children and grandchildren as a place to stay or return to, and better mobile phone coverage is a huge part of that.
“The Mobile Black Spot Program is ensuring more regional communities have access to reliable mobile coverage, and I am pleased people across the Parkes electorate stand to benefit.”
Mr Coulton is encouraging local residents, businesses and community organisations to engage with their state and local governments through the consultation process, to enhance coverage outcomes across the electorate.
Minister McKenzie said the new Mobile Black Spot Program 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 Program 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 program is available at: www.communications.gov.au/mbsp
Minister McKenzie - William Rollo 0436 409 743
Mark Coulton - Anna Tickle 0400 050 729