Federal Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz MP, today hosted a community leader’s round table to discuss the serious deficiencies in our local mobile telecommunication with Paul Fletcher MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, who is responsible for implementing the Government’s $100 million Mobile Black Spot Programme.
Scott Buchholz says the need for improved mobile service in areas such as Flagstone and Greenbank is clear.
“This meeting was called after an overwhelming community response to my local communications campaign calling for residents to contact my office with their individual communications issues”,
“Since February there have been over 200 complaints relating to communications lodged from across my electorate. These complaints have been submitted as proof that new infrastructure is necessary in our area” said Mr Buchholz.
Mr Fletcher spoke passionately about the Government’s plan to deliver improvements to mobile phone infrastructure and highlighted regional communities as a focus of the Black Spot Programme.
“The Coalition is delivering on its election promise to invest $100 million to improve mobile phone coverage in outer metropolitan, regional and remote communities around Australia”,
“Lives can literally depend on accessing mobile phone networks in emergencies, so expanding mobile phone coverage has clear benefits for public safety – as well as to the business capacity of local communities” said Mr Fletcher.
The Mobile Black Spot Programme will improve 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.
The Government is accepting nominations of mobile black spots until mid July 2014. Anyone wishing to report a mobile black spot can email firstname.lastname@example.org