This week Minister for Regional Services, Senator Bridget McKenzie, in partnership with Telstra, announced 131 new mobile base stations in regional Australia as part of Round 4 of the Mobile Black Spot Program.
In Round Four of the Mobile Black Spot Program, Telstra will be contributing $23.3 million of the $55.6 million co-investment required for the new sites, alongside $18 million from the Commonwealth and $14.3 million from the Queensland, SA, Victorian and WA State Governments.
“For Australians living in rural, regional and remote communities, having access to reliable communications is vital,” National Farmers’ Federation President Fiona Simson said.
“The Mobile Black Spot Program has been instrumental in making real change to these communities, with more than 1,000 mobile base stations designated to be built, expanding mobile coverage across the regions.”
In this round of the Mobile Black Spot Program Telstra will deliver 49 sites to New South Wales, 18 to Queensland, 19 to South Australia, 22 to Victoria and 23 to Western Australia.
Many of these locations also address coverage at nearby public interest areas, like tourist attractions and health and emergency services facilities.
NSW Farmers President James Jackson strongly welcomed the announcement and said that no matter where you live in 2019, everyone should have mobile coverage.
“NSW Farmers has advocated since 2015 for many of the 54 locations for our farmers and regional communities in NSW.
“This new mobile coverage will bring unheralded economic and social opportunities to the agricultural sector as well as ensure safety for all in the community.”
Improving mobile coverage means people and businesses in regional and remote communities can do many things on the go that those in the cities take for granted – sharing on social media, streaming music and video, working remotely, or simply staying in touch with friends and family regularly.