Far North Queenslanders will benefit from new and improved mobile coverage under Round 5 of the Morrison Government’s highly successful Mobile Black Spot Program.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said. Far North Queensland will receive two new Telstra small cell towers under the latest round of the government’s highly-successful program.
He said the two successful locations were at the Rossville State School and Portland Road (between Pascoe and Wenlock River)
“I am thrilled that residents and businesses in Far North Queensland can now enjoy the benefits and opportunities that improved mobile connectivity brings,” Mr Entsch said.
“Improved mobile coverage will help keep our businesses connected, our families to stay in touch and allow people to access online services on the go.
“I have been actively campaigning for these locations and I am particularly pleased to see that these two locations were successful.”
Federal Regional Communications Minister Mark Coulton said it was great that Far North Queensland will soon be benefitting from improved mobile connectivity.
“People living and travelling through Far North Queensland will now have better phone service to make calls, browse the internet and stay connected with family and friends,” Mr Coulton said.
Federal Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said Round 5 of the program will fund a further 182 new base stations for regional and remote communities across the nation.
“The announcement of successful Round 5 locations today brings the total number of base stations being funded under the Morrison Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program to 1,229.
“This proves our ongoing commitment to providing new and improved mobile connectivity to Australians across the country.
“Improved mobile connectivity makes it possible for Australians to stay connected, access education services, conduct business and remain in contact with family and friends.
“These activities are critical year-round, but particularly important with people responding to the coronavirus crisis and spending more time at home.”
The Morrison Government has invested more than $836 million in new mobile infrastructure in regional and remote Australia across the five rounds.
This comes as the Mobile Black Spot Program passes a significant milestone with more than 800 mobile base stations now on air across Australia, meaning more coverage in more rural areas.
Round 5 base stations are scheduled to roll out in the coming months with the first new base stations expected to be activated by the end of the year.