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Improved mobile coverage for the Goldfields

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

 

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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.