The Liberal National Government’s highly successful Mobile Black Spot Program is getting ready to expand mobile coverage to more communities in regional and remote areas, with applications now open for Round 5.
Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz today called for residents and community groups across Wright to nominate their mobile blackspots.
“We’re providing $80 million in Round 5 and there will be a strong focus on improving coverage in our regions at important community centres, such as medical facilities, schools and economic hubs.”
Round 5 will be delivered as part of the Government’s $160 million commitment to two new rounds of the Program, lifting total funding to $380 million.
“This commitment is further proof that our Government is delivering for regional Australia, and responding to their needs for better communications,” said Scott Buchholz.
“Improving communication means better access to emergency services, improved connectivity for local businesses and allows schools to make use of many new technologies,” said Scott Buchholz.
Round 5 will encourage the mobile industry and state and local governments to work together to address mobile black spots across regional Australia.
“I urge local residents and groups to contact my office, as well as mobile network operators and state and local governments to make their coverage issues known,” Scott Buchholz said.
Mobile network operators and infrastructure providers have until 26 July 2019 to submit their applications. Applications will be assessed through a competitive process conducted by the Department of Communications and the Arts. For more information, visit: www.communications.gov.au/mbsp