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Improved Mobile Coverage for Macquarie

Source: Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional Communications, Marise Payne Liberal Senator Western Sydney
Archived 20 Jun 2018 - Posted: 23 Apr 2018
Minister for Regional Communications, Senator Bridget McKenzie, and Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Marise Payne have announced the Coaliton Government is delivering its commitment to improved mobile coverage in the Macquarie electorate through the Priority Locations round of the Coalition Government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.

This announcement delivers on the commitment to address the coverage issues identified at Grose Vale, Megalong Valley and Yellow Rock in the Macquarie electorate through the construction of mobile phone towers.

106 priority locations across Australia will benefit from improved mobile phone coverage. Optus, Telstra and Vodafone will build 102 new base stations under the Priority Location round. In addition, the carriers have commercial plans for new base stations that will further address mobile black spot issues in a number of the identified locations.

Senator Payne said the increased coverage would open new doors for local businesses and the community, enabling them to access the same mobile services as those in major cities.

“The Coalition’s Mobile Black Spot program is already delivering or set to deliver new or improved coverage to five other station sites across Macquarie through the first two rounds of the program (Colo Heights, Kurrajong, Mount Tomah, Webbs Creek and St Albans) which will see local businesses and residents in the area benefit from access to 21st century communications,” Senator Payne said.

Minister for Regional Communications, Bridget McKenzie said construction of the new mobile phone towers will get underway soon.

“We’ve committed $220 million to improve mobile black spots across our vast country. $60 million of this funding is targeting priority black spot areas with poor or no mobile coverage, like in Macquarie,” Minister McKenzie said.

“Only the Coalition understands the importance of modern telecommunications for our regional communities, and has implemented a plan to deliver. I’m excited to reach this next milestone of the Mobile Black Spot Program and look forward to seeing the first base stations under this round completed later this year.”

The Coalition Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program is improving mobile coverage across Australia including along major regional transport routes, in small communities and at identified priority locations. More than 456 locations across Australia have already received new or improved coverage through rounds 1 and 2 of the program.

The base station roll-out schedules for all three rounds of the program will be available on the Telstra, Optus and Vodafone websites.

 
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