FNQ set to benefit from additional Mobile Black Spot funding
Monday, 11 June 2018
The Federal Government has committed $25 million towards a fourth round of the highly-successful Mobile Black Spot Program to deliver more coverage to regional and remote communities.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch welcomed the Federal Government’s plan to address more mobile service blackspots across the region.
He said the new round of funding demonstrated the government’s commitment to ensuring Far North Queenslanders had access to 21st century communications.
“This announcement is great news for those living, working and travelling throughout Far North Queensland, and especially Cape York,” Mr Entsch said.
“We successfully secured funding in round three of the Mobile Black Spot Program to ensure notorious dead spots at the Daintree/Cape Tribulation, Weipa, Wonga Beach and Mount Carbine were a thing of the past.”
Mr Entsch said this new round would enable more FNQ communities to take advantage of the social and economic benefits 21st century communications can provide.
“There needs to be a focus on FNQ communities such as Rossville, Lions Den, Shiptons Flat and further coverage enhancement along the Peninsula Development Road,” he said.
“I will also be seeking input from Far North Queensland communities to identify any other areas that need coverage, especially those communities that currently don’t have any.
“I encourage local residents, businesses and community organisations to get involved in the consultation process, to further enhance coverage outcomes in Far North Queensland.”
Regional Communications Minister McKenzie said the new Mobile Black Spot Program round would ensure regional Australians aren’t left behind.
She said the competitive selection process for round four of the program is expected to commence in the second half of 2018.
“The new round will call for applications from mobile carriers within the coming months, taking input from state, territory and local governments, as well as businesses, community organisations and emergency services,” Minister McKenzie said.
“The Mobile Black Spot Program is already over halfway complete and is on track to deliver 867 base stations nationwide by June 2019.”
More information about the program is available at: http://www.communications.gov.au/mbsp