Submission being accepted for $100 million Mobile Black Spot Programme

Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter says he will fight for a fair slice of the $100million Mobile Black Spot Program committed to by the Coalition Government in the May 2014 Budget.

Mr Porter said the program had the potential to improve mobile coverage in outer metropolitan, regional and remote Australia through upgrading mobile phone network infrastructure, including rolling out new base stations.

“I have visited the areas affected by poor mobile phone coverage in the electorate of Pearce, from as far north as Seabird to Gidgegannup, Bullsbrook, Parkerville and Stoneville in the East,” he said.

“I have met with the many residents who are dealing with difficult communications issues, particularly in bushfire prone areas, and I understand the challenges families are facing.

“I will continue to support and advocate for these communities in their submissions for funding under the program and I encourage any residents suffering from mobile phone coverage issues to get in touch with my office.

“All the information we receive helps strengthen our advocating for funds to improve mobile coverage in the electorate.”

Mr Porter said that despite holding office for close to seven years, the Labor Government did not invest one cent to rectify mobile phone black spots.

The Government is accepting nominations of mobile black spots until the end of June 2014. Anyone wishing to report a mobile black spot can email mobilecoverage@communications.gov.au