Minister for Communications, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, and Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, have welcomed the commencement of the Coalition’s Priority Locations Round of the Mobile Black Spot Program (“the Program”), which will provide new or improved mobile coverage to Bullsbrook and the Swan Valley in Pearce.
The Coalition Government has committed $60 million to address 106 priority locations across the country that have been identified as having poor or no mobile coverage, on top of the 765 locations already being addressed under the first two rounds of the Program.
In Pearce the following 11 mobile black spot locations are already being addressed under the first two rounds of the Program:
Wannamal South East
Minister Fifield opened the priority round today, calling on telecommunication companies to participate in a tender to build new towers and improve coverage in these locations.
“The Coalition continues to deliver more coverage to rural, regional and remote Australia,” Minister Fifield said.
“We’re already delivering 765 towers which will provide coverage for 32,000 homes and businesses, and now we’ll deliver coverage to even more regional Australians.”
The Coalition Government expects the tender process to be finalised by the end of the year, with the rollout of successful towers to commence early in 2018.
“It’s fantastic to see that the locations identified in consultation with our local communities are one step closer to receiving new and improved mobile coverage,” Mr Porter said.
“I call on the telecommunications companies to give us their best tenders to deliver coverage to our area.”
The program guidelines for the Priority Locations round are available at www.communications.gov.au/mbsp.