FEDERAL Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce has welcomed the Coalition Government’s announcement that the deadline for public nominations for round 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Programme has been extended from 31 December 2015 to 15 January 2016.
Mr Joyce said the new closing date will ensure individuals and community groups in the New England Electorate have enough time to get their nominations in after the festive season and reflects the significant demand for improved mobile coverage in rural, regional and remote Australia.
“We’ve been working hard with the Mobile Black Spot Programme and that is recognised with the awarding of 28 new or upgraded towers in the New England Electorate from round 1 of the programme,” Mr Joyce said.
“Those new and upgraded towers covered 104 blackspots in the New England Electorate and only this week, Vodafone opened its White Rock Mountain tower between Glen Innes and Inverell, markedly boosting coverage in that region,” he said.
“Under round 2 of the programme, the Government will commit $60 million to improve mobile coverage in areas reported as having poor or no mobile coverage by the community.”
This is on top of the $100 million investment in round 1, which has already seen the first of 499 new and upgraded mobile base stations in regional and remote Australia start to roll out.
A map of the regional mobile black spot locations and locations which will receive mobile base stations under round 1 is available at http://nationalmap.gov.au/
Nominations for round 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Programme can be made online at www.communications.gov.au/blackspots