Mobile black spot programme delivers significant benefits to Pearce

Regional communities in Pearce are set to receive improved mobile phone coverage with 10 new or upgraded Telstra mobile base stations to be built under the Coalition Government’s $100 million Mobile Black Spot Programme.

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said mobile phone coverage was one of the biggest issues that he was approached about in the community and he was pleased that 27 black spots nominated in Pearce would be addressed.

“This is a great outcome for Pearce with a total of $8.99million to be invested on new or improved mobile coverage in the area; $1.86million from the Coalition Government,” Mr Porter said.

Specific locations to receive improved mobile coverage in Pearce include:

·         Ashworth Road, near York·         Gwambygine·         Swan Valley

·         Aveley·         Julimar·         Upper Chittering

·         Bindoon·         Lancelin·         Wannamal

·         Brigadoon·         Ledge Point·         West Swan

·         Chidlow·         Meenar

·         Chittering·         Morangup

·         Dayton·         Muluckine

·         Gidgegannup·         Northam

·         Gilgering·         Seabird

Roads and Highway Sections that will also have improved coverage include:

 Great Northern Highway – Between Bindoon and Chittering

 Great Northern Highway – Intersection of Great Northern Highway and Tee Tree Road

 Great Southern Highway – Between Beverley and York

 Great Southern Highway – Between The Lakes and York

 Toodyay Road – Between Midland and Toodyay

“Having travelled through all of these areas I understand the community’s need for better coverage and services,” Mr Porter said.

“I have  worked hard over the last 18 months to ensure the Communications Minister and his Parliamentary Secretary came to understand the great need for better coverage for the Pearce community and so I am very pleased our message has been heard and the Coalition Government is acting to improve services to Pearce.”

In addition to the $100 million in Commonwealth funding for the first stage of the Mobile Black Spot Programme, a further $60 million in funding has been announced for Round 2.

Members of the publiccan nominate further locations in outer metropolitan, regional and remote Australia which do not have mobile coverage. Nominations can be emailed to mobilecoverage@communications.gov.au

“Almost 500 new or upgraded mobile base stations will be built across regional and remote Australia, covering a total of 3,000 mobile black spots from the more than 6,000 black spots nominated by the public,” Mr Porter said.

“I strongly encourage members of the Pearce community experiencing mobile phone coverage issues to send in their nominations for blackspot funding and copy me in at Christian.porter.mp@aph.gov.au so that I am aware of the nomination.”

The first base stations to be funded under Round 1 of the programme will begin to roll out in the second half of 2015, and the full roll out will continue over a three year period.

A map of locations which will receive new or upgraded coverage under the first round of funding under the Mobile Black Spot Programme is available from http://nationalmap.gov.au/