People living in the Goldfields can now look forward to improved mobile phone coverage thanks to the Morrison Government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.
Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson welcomed five new base stations for the Goldfields under the fourth round of the program.
“I’m thrilled residents and businesses in the Goldfields can now enjoy the benefits and opportunities that improved mobile connectivity brings,” Mr Wilson said.
“Improved mobile coverage will help keep our businesses connected, our families to stay in touch and it means we can better access health and online services on the go.”
Minister for Regional Services Bridget McKenzie said 1047 base stations are being delivered under the Mobile Black Spot Program, reaffirming the Morrison Government’s commitment to delivering 21st century connectivity to regional areas.
“Our continued investment in mobile phone infrastructure is proof we are focused on connecting all Australians no matter where they live,” Minister McKenzie said.
The Mobile Black Spot Program enables mobile carriers to service areas where it would otherwise not be commercially viable. So far the program is generating over $760 million of new investment including contributions from state and local governments, mobile network operators, businesses and local communities.
Base stations under the first three rounds are expected to be operational by June 30. Round 4 base stations are expected to roll out shortly with the first new base stations being activated by the second half of the year.
Locations in the Goldfields include:
|Optus||PIP||Tjukayirla Roadhouse||3G/4G satellite small cell|
|Telstra||MC||Laverton, Mulga Queen Campus||4G satellite small cell|
|Telstra||MC||Patjarr||4G satellite small cell|
|Telstra||MC||Laverton, Cosmo Newberry Campus||4G satellite small cell|
|Telstra||MC||Kanpa||4G satellite small cell|
More information about the program is available at: communications.gov.au/mbsp