I am delighted that Shoreham, Red Hill and surrounding areas will receive improved mobile phone coverage under a re-elected Turnbull Government as part of an additional $60 million commitment to extend the successful Mobile Black Spot Program.
Many residents from these areas have approached me about inadequate or practically non-existent mobile reception and this commitment will provide enhanced coverage for these townships.
This improved coverage will provide benefits to emergency service operators, businesses, and local residents.
The Turnbull Coalition Government understands the importance of mobile coverage in regional and remote areas of Australia, which is why we are committing an additional $60 million on top of the $160 million already invested in mobile black spots, bringing the Coalition’s total investment to $220 million.
These locations have been selected for new base stations as they have been overlooked by mobile network operators due to commercial factors. A re-elected Turnbull government will invite mobile network operators to bid for this new funding to provide coverage in the identified locations.
The Coalition is committed to improving mobile coverage along major transport routes, in small communities and in locations prone to experiencing natural disasters, as well as addressing unique mobile coverage problems such as areas with high seasonal demand.
The Coalition’s $220 million plan to address mobile black spots will ensure regional and remote communities have access to wider and more reliable mobile phone coverage.