The town of Coondle in the Shire of Toodyay and the town of Bally Bally in the Shire of Beverley will receive new mobile base stations to improve mobile coverage under Round 2 of the Australian Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program, Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter announced today.
Round 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Program will deliver new or upgraded coverage to 6500 homes and business across 17,500 square kilometres, including 1900 kilometres of major transport routes. This will be done via 266 new or upgraded towers around Australia.
“I’m so pleased to announce new coverage for Coondle and Bally Bally,” Mr Porter said.
“Labor did not help build a single mobile phone tower nor invest a single cent in mobile coverage in six years of Government - I’m proud to be delivering better mobile coverage for Pearce.
“The aim of this Government is to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and better mobile phone coverage is a big part of that.”
The Liberal Government has committed $220 million to the Mobile Black Spot Program over three rounds to improve mobile coverage and competition in regional and remote parts of Australia.
Mr Porter said including co-contributions from carriers and state governments, Round 2 represents a total new investment of $213 million towards improved mobile coverage.
The locations for Round 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Program were selected following an appeal to the public to nominate black spots.
These locations were entered into the Government’s National Map which was provided to mobile network providers to assist them to develop funding applications. These were assessed against the Program guidelines by the Department of Communications and the Minister for Regional Communications, Fiona Nash, accepted the Department’s recommendations without change.
“The new base stations for Coondle and Bally Bally are due to the efforts of the community in identifying these as a black spot locations and advocating for them to be fixed,” Mr Porter said.
More information about the Liberal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program can be found at www.communications.gov.au/mbsp.