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O’Connor residents are encouraged to have their say on the design of the next round of the Government’s highly successful Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP) to ensure it continues to improve coverage for regional communities

When outcomes of Round 5 of the program were announced, the Government released a discussion paper on design options for Round 5A, to test a range of new approaches to the delivery of the Mobile Black Spot Program to ensure it continues to be fit-for-purpose.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the program has already delivered a great deal for regional communities.

“The first five rounds of the MBSP have delivered $27.6 million total investment in O’Connor, funding 112 new towers, with more than 80 of those already delivering improved coverage.

“Reliable communications is vitally important to regional communities, as technology advances more options become available to suit the unique needs of particular communities”.

Mr Wilson said the release of the discussion paper is a great opportunity for regional Australians to have their say on how the program can best deliver the mobile coverage they need into the future.

“This Government is committed to delivering improved coverage and choice for Australians in regional and remote areas.

“With $46 million on the table for Round 5A and a further $80 million committed for Round 6, the MBSP has plenty more to do.

“In order to deliver this, it is vital we receive feedback on proposed changes from a broad regional audience,” Mr Wilson said.

The discussion paper proposes a series of changes to the eligibility guidelines for the program so that it continues to deliver high-value outcomes to regional and remote Australia.

The paper proposes three main objectives for round 5A; to:

  • Improve coverage in areas prone to natural disasters including bushfires;
  • Improve coverage along major regional and remote transport corridors; and to
  • Trial new technology solutions in areas where low population densities have discouraged applications in previous rounds.

To have your say, visit: https://bit.ly/2yUkJk4 The discussion paper is open for submissions until 19 June 2020.

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australia Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.