Federal Member for Flinders, Greg Hunt MP and Minister for Communications, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, have welcomed the commencement of the Coalition’s Priority Locations Round of the Mobile Black Spot Program, which will provide new or improved mobile coverage to multiple locations in the Flinders electorate
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 Mobile Black Spot Program.
In the electorate of Flinders, mobile black spot locations are already being addressed under the priority round of the program, bringing new coverage to locations including Red Hill and Shoreham.
“It’s fantastic to see that our community of Flinders is one step closer to receiving new and improved mobile coverage. I call on the telecommunications companies to give us their best tenders to deliver coverage to our area,” Minister Hunt said.
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.
The program guidelines for the Priority Locations round are available at www.communications.gov.au/mbsp