The federal government has re-opened the Mobile Black Spot Program’s Database of Reported Black Spot Locations for new nominations across Far North Queensland.
Far North Queenslanders are strongly encouraged to nominate mobile phone black spot locations in their area to assist with the rollout of the next round of the Coalition’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the Mobile Black Spot Program was important in places like Far North Queensland, especially in remote communities across Cape York and the Torres Strait.
“I strongly encourage residents in Far North Queensland to contact my office as soon as possible to nominate any mobile phone black spots in our community,” Mr Entsch said.
“I believe there needs to be a focus on FNQ communities such as Rossville, Palmer River, Lions Den, Shiptons Flat and further coverage enhancement along the Peninsula Development Road.
“This presents a real opportunity for Far North Queensland residents to have their say on problem mobile black spots and encourage mobile operators to invest in our area through the program.”
“The nominations will support round four of the program which will look to provide new or improved mobile coverage in areas where there are clear economic and social benefits.
“Round four will also look to target medical, educational and emergency services facilities, as well as along key transport routes and in towns that experience seasonal demand due to tourism.”
Federal Regional Services Minister Senator Bridget McKenzie invited Federal MPs and local councils to make submissions on behalf of their constituents to the national mobile black spot database.
“I am delighted to see the next round of the program coming to fruition,” Minister McKenzie said.
“The program is changing lives for so many regional and remote communities across Australia.
“We are taking a targeted approach this time around to deliver a clear economic benefit.
“We are calling on state, territory and local governments, as well as our parliamentary colleagues, to nominate mobile black spot areas in their region where economic as well as social benefits can be realised.”
For more information on the program visit: www.communications.gov.au/mbsp