New round announced to eliminate more black spots
Posted on Wednesday, 13 June, 2018
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey
has welcomed the Federal Government’s plan to address more mobile service
blackspots across the region.
“I am delighted to announce the
Coalition is committing $25 million for a fourth round of the Mobile Black Spot
Program, delivering more coverage to regional and remote communities and
bringing the total program to $245m,” he said.
“Our new State Government has already
committed $10m toward mobile black spots and this will provide the opportunity for
them to bid into the program which will maximise our combined effort whereas
previously, it was close to impossible to get the Labor regime to even engage
on the issue.
“This new round demonstrates the
Coalition’s commitment to ensuring regional Australians have access to 21st
century communications and is great news for those living, working and
travelling throughout Grey.
“The Government has established the
Regional Independent Review Committee (RIRC) to map the deficient spots and
recommend investments for future improvement of telecommunications.
“I encourage local residents,
businesses and community organisations to engage with their state and local
governments through the consultation process. Submissions to the inquiry can be
easily made to: RTIRC.gov.au.”
Mr Ramsey said the new round of
mobile black spots funding will call for applications from mobile carriers
within the coming months, taking input from state, territory and local
governments, as well as businesses, community organisations and emergency
“The Mobile Black Spot Program is
already over halfway complete and on track to deliver 867 base stations
nationwide by June 2019,” he said.
“While the recalcitrance of the
Weatherill Government has lessened the number of these projects in SA, I have
been nevertheless pleased that more than half of SA’s towers have been
constructed in Grey.
“I look forward to further improving
mobile phone cover in Grey through this latest round of funding.”
Media contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 8633 1744